2009 Pontiac Vibe GT

2009 Pontiac Vibe GT
2009 Pontiac Vibe GT - Pontiac Hatchback Review - Automobile Magazine
The Vibe (a Toyota/General Motors joint venture) is an extremely important vehicle: it’s a versatile, useful, small wagon from the two top automakers in the universe.

Say what you will of the knife-edge styling that plagued Pontiacs of the late 1990s, but I really liked the styling of the first-generation Vibe – it was sharp, it was (surprisingly) clean, and the result was a five-door hatch that had some sport to it. I can’t say the same for the new car. Designers seemed to keep some of the sharp lines of the original, but they inexplicably added rotund forms for no real reason. It’s not the Aztek, mind you, but it’s not the sharp, sporty little thing I once admired.

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2010 Lexus RX450h

2010 Lexus RX450h
2010 Lexus RX450h - Fuel Efficient Cars, Hybrids and Reviews - Automobile Magazine
A careful update of the car that lives at the intersection of doing something good for the environment and doing something nice for yourself.

The RX is the best-selling Lexus, and one in five sold is the hybrid version. It’s no surprise, then, that with the new third-generation RX – the second to have a hybrid powertrain – Lexus is treading very carefully.

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2010 Toyota Prius

2010 Toyota Prius
2010 Toyota Prius - Fuel Efficient Cars, Hybrids and Reviews - Automobile Magazine
Staying ahead of the hybrid pack.

No shoes were flung when the 2010 Toyota Prius debuted at the recent Detroit auto show. Considering the grim mood in the Motor City – with domestic automakers on death watch and frozen credit paralyzing sales – and the fact that a gallon of gas costs little more than a can of beer, that’s remarkable. Detroit was hardly the opportune place for a fuel-scrimping, technically advanced Asian import to bow. Then again, consider the Latin meaning of the word Prius: to go before. Defying skeptics is this car’s cause. The Prius’s mission has always been venturing ahead of the gas-saving, earth-hugging curve.

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