Self-steering and all-electric driving in the 2020 Kia Niro

A few trips around the Northern California Foothills gave us a great opportunity to test all the features of the 2020 Kia Niro plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

In addition to the great fuel mileage of the hybrid, the Niro has an electric-only range of 26 miles, making it easy to drive around town without using any gas.

But it is the semi-self-driving aspect of the Kia Niro that was most impressive, with adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist helping steer the car for you on the freeway. Amazing!

The plug to fill the vehicle’s battery with electrons is certainly a sweetener. But Kia is not just fiddling around the edges of new technology. The Niro features finely tuned implementations of several awesome advances.

Kia’s Niro¬† is definitely worthy of a test drive, even if you don’t have Grass Valley and the lovely Sierra Mountain foothills to explore.

July 26, 2020 at 8:20 pm Leave a comment

Escaping to Lake Tahoe in Ford Escape


We escaped to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains to test out the 2020 Ford Escape with 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine and All-Wheel Drive. With all it’s cool technology, including semi-self driving with lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control, the Escape is well-equipped to keep your family safe, comfortable and entertained for long rides.

As an added bonus, there’s a foot-activated tailgate opener that (sometimes) helps you open the tailgate when your hands are full. It’s takes a bit of dancing to get the hang of how it operates, but that just makes it more fun.

July 19, 2020 at 12:24 am Leave a comment

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