Like most of us, the situation in 2020 is very different from what we expected in January.By the end of February, it is clear that COVID-19 will become a serious problem as the auto show and driving events have been cancelled a lot of. However, our local news fleet is still operating, and a calendar without a calendar means more time to test cars at home. Fortunately, sitting in a car alone can meet the requirements of social evacuation, and the car interior can be a welcome change to spend all day at home.
This means that despite the new reality, we managed to test drive many new cars. These are the highlights of the year spent on the steering wheel.
Hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles
Less than half of the cars I reviewed this year (1
5 out of 32) are hybrid, plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicles. I have driven the most mileage in the Acura NSX supercar, one of the most exotic hybrids on the list. The three-day trip from Ohio to Florida is still unforgettable, but it is hard work. The third runner-up will be Toyota Venza, which will take us to Cooperstown, New York, and return in a day. Unlike NSX, Venza has very comfortable seats and an adaptive cruise control system. This plush crossover is one of my unexpected surprises this year.
I do hope to be impressed with Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, but it still surprises me. This is the only thing that really stood out at this year’s Chicago Auto Show, because the car fulfilled all its promises and played more roles in the journey. It is very handsome, it provides some useful driver assistance functions, and it does achieve a fuel consumption of 52mpg (4.5l/100km), and these fuel consumption is less than 28,000 US dollars.
Seven of the 32 cars we reviewed this year were BEVs. In the future we will have more topics about Volkswagen ID.4 and Volvo XC40 Recharge, because we spend less than an hour with each other. And look forward to evaluating the Ford Mustang Mach-E in the new year-we just planned to use the electric carriage for a week in January. The pandemic delayed the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s plan to make a facelift. The Kia Niro electric car is very capable and is one of the few electric cars close to Tesla in terms of range efficiency. The driving feel of the Mini Cooper SE is cool, the interior of the Polestar 2 is very impressive, and the Audi e-tron Sportback is also very impressive despite the high price.
No money, but I want to have the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. And I never thought I would type these words myself. Yes, this is a large SUV, and yes, I’m the kind of annoying writer who never stops telling your readers how unsatisfied he is with large SUVs. But the power-to-weight ratio of the Cayenne Coupé means it will not drive like a large SUV. Its battery pack is large enough to handle most of my normal journey. The houndstooth-like interior may be my favorite of all the cars I drove this year.