Alternate-fueled vehicles from around globe showcased at Drive Revolution
Vancouver, Wash.—A 97-year-old hanger at the Pearson Air Museum on the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site was the headquarters for the 2018 Drive Revolution (DR), an annual event presented by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA). Automotive journalists from British Columbia, California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington tested 18 of the world’s top alternate fueled cars, SUVs, and vans to determine winners in four categories.
“The variety of vehicles at [Drive Revolution] was impressive,” said Portland’s Sarah Shelton, of U.S. News & World Report and 2018 DR chairperson. “From small city cars that cost less than $28,000 to fuel-sipping family haulers that can carry up to seven people, this selection demonstrates that there is something for anyone when it comes to alternatively fueled vehicles.”
Journalists tested each vehicle on the streets of Vancouver and scored them using a matrix of vehicle price (as tested), combined MPG-e, all-electric range, powertrain, brakes, ride/handling, interior comfort/space, interior technology features, and other tech offerings.
After scores were tabulated, the following winners were announced:
n Northwest Affordable Battery-Electric Vehicle-of-the-Year, 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV (others in class were the 2017 Fiat 500e, 2018 Kia Soul EV, 2018 Nissan Leaf, and 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf)
n Northwest Affordable Hybrid Car of the Year, 2018 Chevrolet Volt LT (others in the class were 2019 Ford Fusion Energi, 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid, 2019 Honda Insight, and 2018 Toyota Prius Prime)
n Northwest Family-Sized Plug-in Hybrid of the Year, 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (others in category were the 2018 Kia Nero PHEV, 2018 MINI Copper S E Countryman All4, and 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV)
n Northwest Luxury Vehicle of the Year, 2018 Lexus LS 500h (others were 2018 BMW i3, 2018 BMW 740e, and Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e)
The Pacifica was also named the overall winner of DR receiving the honor as the 2018 Northwest Green Vehicle of the Year for its combination of fuel efficiency, ample cabin space, user-friendly amenities, and value.
“The Pacifica Hybrid’s 84 MPG-e and 33 miles of all-electric range saves hundreds of dollars in fuel costs each year over the average minivan or SUV,” Shelton said. “But what’s particularly remarkable is that you can achieve this fuel economy while also carrying a family of seven in the seating areas and a suitcase for everyone in the back. That, along with a notable amount if standard equipment, makes the Pacifica a truly family-friendly vehicle.”
NWAPA, founded in 1991, stages three events annually in conjunction with auto manufacturers. In addition to DR, Mudfest in the spring tests SUVs and heavy-duty pickups on- and off-road at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Wash., and Run to the Sun in late September provides two days of testing sports and performance cars on roadways in western, central, and eastern Oregon.