REVIEWS

2023 Nissan Leaf SV Plus review: Neither new nor improved, and that’s OK

There a quite a few reasons not to buy a 2023 Nissan Leaf, but paradoxically, despite having some significant shortcomings, the updated version of this pioneering electric vehicle could be the ideal EV for you. Soldiering on for another model year, the Leaf received some mild enhancements for 2023, just don’t expect groundbreaking technical innovation, […]

by Craig Cole
9/28/2022
Revisiting the Hyundai Ioniq 5

When this author first drove the Hyundai Ioniq 5, we were still reeling from a pandemic. Travel was limited. Our job here at EV Pulse looked very different from it does today. But one key take-away from my first drive in San Diego was just how good the Ioniq 5 is. It was the first […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/11/2022
2023 Genesis GV60 review: Exceptional, engaging and a little eccentric

The 2023 Genesis GV60 is exceptional — but it’s not just an amazing EV even though it excels at doing electric car things — this an all-around outstanding vehicle, regardless of what’s under the hood. Part hatchback and part SUV, this segment-blurring crossover from an upstart luxury automaker that’s only been a stand-alone brand since […]

by Craig Cole
9/9/2022
2023 Lexus RX 450h+ early first look review: Upgraded plug-in model tough to beat

Santa Barbara is a beautiful community north of Los Angeles that has some amazing beaches just minutes away from some amazing vineyards. It’s an ultimate weekend getaway. The updated 2023 Lexus RX feels right at home driving along the grape-lined roads of the California country, and the car is more environmentally-friendly than ever. Sitting at […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/9/2022
2023 Lexus RX 350h and 500h F Sport Performance first drive review: The bench mark, updated

Lexus open brags that it was the company that invented the luxury crossover segment with the RX. Being an OG in a world swarming with competition can be difficult, because Lexus has to keep the product fresh without alienating its customer base. The 2023 Lexus RX does a respectable job at walking that line, doing […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/9/2022
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge review: Fashionable, functional and surprisingly fast

When the 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge popped up on our EV Pulse vehicle schedule I didn’t think much of it. That’s not to say I have low expectations for Volvo products, not at all, but how good could a jauntier looking electrified version of the several-years-old XC40 actually be? As it turns out, far better […]

by Craig Cole
8/23/2022
Lectron Tesla to J1772 charging adapter hands-on review

Almost two months ago, I decided to sell my Tesla Model 3 after owning it for four years. With all the different BEVs that are now available (well, somewhat), I decided it was time to get something new and to see if the competition has caught up or even surpassed what Tesla has to offer. […]

by Jason Siu
8/11/2022
Brembo Sensify first brake review: Stopping better in future EVs

When it comes to automotive suppliers, there aren’t too many household names. But one name most people are aware of is Brembo. The name recognition is so much so that automakers will sell performance upgrades and use the fact the upgrades include Brembo brakes as a selling point. If you’ve driven a modern EV, especially, […]

by Chad Kirchner
8/10/2022
2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition review: Point and shoot performance

The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition is a lot like a disposable camera. No, I’m not damning with faint praise, but just like those old-school image-capturing devices, this lovely all-electric SUV is pretty much a point-and-shoot affair. Get the nose facing where you want it, then pull the trigger and this vehicle will […]

by Craig Cole
7/27/2022
2023 Toyota bZ4X review: A good — but not great — all-electric SUV

Nope, bZ4X is not the human gene that controls whether you like cilantro, nor is it some obscure airport code or a type of toner cartridge that goes in the office copy machine. This is actually Toyota’s first modern EV. Aside from its unusual name, the 2023 bZ4X is a respectable, though not outstanding all-electric […]

by Craig Cole
6/30/2022