The Weekly Driver https://theweeklydriver.com Automotive Industry News and New Car Reviews Thu, 25 May 2017 22:03:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 48979754 Forget Elio; How about a simple $5,490 T3-1 Micro? https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/forget-elio-simple/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/forget-elio-simple/#comments Thu, 25 May 2017 04:19:30 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28238

Micro vehicles are nothing new. But they’re getting more innovative, including the newest electric scooter from ZEV (Zero Emissions Vehicles), the T3-1 Micro. A miniature car, or as one prominent tech site called it, “a quarter of a minivan,” the T3-1 in an enclosed, three-wheel trike. It’s ideal for short commutes or as a light […]

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime: Efficient new hybrid shines https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-efficient-new-hybrid-shines/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-efficient-new-hybrid-shines/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 18:37:02 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28231

The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, a plug-in gas-electric hybrid, is a new addition to the country’s largest selling hybrid family. It replaces the Prius Plug-in and it’s the most ambitious Prius on the market. Its exterior design, full of sharp angles and a unique narrow exterior light design in the mainstream automotive industry, removes the […]

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Ford Mustang dominates internet vintage car searches https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/ford-mustang-dominates-internet-vintage-car-searches/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/ford-mustang-dominates-internet-vintage-car-searches/#respond Sun, 21 May 2017 00:52:59 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28226

Vintage car enthusiasts all have their favorites. But there’s one iconic vehicle that dominates internet searches — the Ford Mustang. According to the website classiccars.com, the Mustang generated 3,736,942 unique searches in 2016. The Mustang pushed the Ford to its status as the top manufacturer searched for vintage vehicles, followed by Chevrolet. In its state-by-state […]

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime: Into the mountains with ease https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-mountains-ease/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-mountains-ease/#respond Sat, 20 May 2017 23:37:19 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28217

Eleven days into coverage of the Amgen Tour of California, I’ve surpassed 1,000 miles while driving the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid. My trip began May 10 in Sacramento, and the race just ended in Pasadena. The women raced for four days, including two days in South Lake Tahoe and two days ending in […]

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Consumer Reports’ 10 2017 Worst Cars To Buy https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/consumer-reports-10-2017-worst-cars-buy/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/consumer-reports-10-2017-worst-cars-buy/#respond Sat, 20 May 2017 04:44:18 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28212

Consumer Reports has published car and truck lists for decades. Among its recent compilations is its worst cars for 2017 in 10 popular segments, subcompacts to luxury sedans, compacts to hybrids. The list is based on the lowest overall score in each category and based on a complete overview of each vehicle. The criteria combine […]

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A Guide to Choosing A Tow Truck Company In Your Area https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/guide-choosing-tow-truck-company-area/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/guide-choosing-tow-truck-company-area/#comments Thu, 18 May 2017 23:54:33 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28205

SPONSORED CONTENT Drivers share a fear of mechanical issues wreaking havoc with our vehicles. Whether you’re on the freeway home after a long day at work, preparing to take the kids to school, or simply letting your car warm up on a crisp winter morning, having engine problems is a pain. It happened to me […]

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3 important things to consider when buying a used truck https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/things-consider-buying-used-truck/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/things-consider-buying-used-truck/#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 21:52:58 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28200 Does your truck have constant mechanical problems? Has it outlived its usefulness? If so, start thinking about the purchase of a more dependable vehicle. It’s a big purchase for a considerable amount of money. Carefully consider the factors that will go into your purchase. It will allow you to make an educated decision that you […]

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime has short shift, not short shrift https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-short-shift-not-short-shrift/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-short-shift-not-short-shrift/#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 00:57:41 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28189

The transfer today for stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California took me from Morro Bay to Santa Clarita, California, and I’ve now driven a 2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid for a week. I’ve covered 775 miles and averaged 55.9 mpg, nearly two miles per gallon more than plug-in hybrid’s rating. The route […]

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Jerry Seinfeld set to auction rare Lotus super car in Texas https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/jerry-seinfeld-set-to-auction-rare-lotus-super-car-in-texas/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/jerry-seinfeld-set-to-auction-rare-lotus-super-car-in-texas/#comments Wed, 17 May 2017 02:31:34 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28183

Jerry Seinfeld is known for his passion for Porsche cars. But the comedian has a vast interest in all kinds of automobiles, including a rare Lotus he used to own that’s now about to be auctioned. The 2009 Lotus Exige S260 sports coupe will be among 16 former celebrity owned cars in addition to 175 […]

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime: Fuel efficient, safety galore https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-fuel-efficient-safety-galore/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-fuel-efficient-safety-galore/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 01:14:51 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28177

After nearly six full days of driving the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid during the Amgen Tour California, I stopped for my first refuel about two hours into a 3 1/2-hour evening drive from San Jose to Morro Bay, California. The route was primarily a long, straight haul north-south along Highway 101 before an […]

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime fares well on the long, winding road https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-fares-well-long-winding-road/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-fares-well-long-winding-road/#respond Sat, 13 May 2017 23:53:38 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28166

After two days of brief, round-trip commutes of only a few miles each way from Harvey’s to Heavenly Mountain Resort, I returned today from South Lake Tahoe to Sacramento in my test vehicle, a 2017 Toyota Prius Prime. It’s a plug-in hybrid. I’m driving the new vehicle, the most upscale Prius ever made, for the […]

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Elio Motors sputters again, will miss promised job deadline https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/elio-motors-sputters-will-miss-promised-job-deadline/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/elio-motors-sputters-will-miss-promised-job-deadline/#respond Sat, 13 May 2017 00:43:37 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28161

As if Elio Motors hasn’t had enough setbacks, now Paul Elio, the company’s owner and founder, says he’ll miss the deadline for the hiring of 1,500 jobs he promised for workers to staff the fledgling company’s manufacturing plant in Shreveport, Louisiana. A report in the Shreveport Times, the city’s newspaper, details that Elio still plans […]

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