2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime first drive review: High performance, low consumption

Don’t believe that gasoline-electric vehicles are anything but boring and slow? Well, it’s time to change your tune, because the RAV4 Prime is the second-quickest Toyota after the Supra sports car. With 302 horsepower on tap, this plug-in hybrid SUV can zip from a standstill to 60 mph in as little as 5.7 seconds, a time that is legitimately swift. And thanks to ample low-end electric torque, it feels even fleeter.

Delivering that strong performance is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, an Atkinson-cycle unit borrowed from the RAV4 Hybrid but retuned for Prime time. Without going too far into the technical weeds, it’s augmented by a trio of electric motor-generators, two in the front transaxle assembly, and a third at the rear. The latter provides on-demand all-wheel drive by turning the aft tires. Serving as an electron reservoir is an 18.1-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, mounted under the main-cabin floor in a way that does not detract from passenger space. It’s cooled using air-conditioning refrigerant and is backed by a 10-year/150,000-mile warranty. Drivers are further shielded from repair bills by a separate, 8-year/100,000-mile guarantee that covers other hybrid components.

That generously sized battery helps provide a preliminary EPA efficiency rating of 94

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Stimulus check Round 2: Who could qualify for the second payment? It’s complicated

Just because you got a stimulus check the first time doesn’t mean you’ll qualify for the second, if there is one.


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There are three central questions when it comes to a second stimulus check for Americans, if it happens: when will you get your next check, how much money you might get and who would be eligible for the payment. At this point the answers are all unknown, but here we’ll tell you everything we have heard so far about who may or may not qualify for an extra economic impact payment.

Here’s one thing we know. The pressure is on for Washington lawmakers to begin crafting a second economic rescue package. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately start work on another coronavirus relief proposal, The Washington Post reported.

Coronavirus cases are skyrocketing in the US, prompting numerous states to pause reopening and in some cases even backtrack, with bars closing in Los Angeles, Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania. That’s a blow to an economy already in recession and to business owners and employees who can’t run their operations

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2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS first drive review: The right place to be

Porsche’s GTS badge is conferred upon some of its best-driving vehicles, positioned in a space above the base models but below the true insanity of the Turbo and Turbo S variants. It’s generally assumed that any Porsche is good to drive, even its larger SUVs, but the GTS treatment takes it a step above. Returning for the 2021 model year, the Cayenne GTS proves that its two-door models don’t get to have all the fun.

Usually, you have to pay for a sinister look, but the Cayenne GTS — and all GTS models, for that matter — makes it standard. It’s a good look, too, with tinted headlights and taillights, 21-inch black alloy wheels and the elimination of every smattering of chrome. My tester is a Cayenne GTS Coupe, which picks up even more character by way of sleeker rear-end bodywork and the additional spoilers that come with it. This specific car also comes with the $10,350 Lightweight Sport Package, which adds another inch to the wheel size in addition to a carbon fiber roof and a sharper exhaust with centrally mounted tailpipes. It all looks the business, but then again, regular ol’ Cayennes look pretty darn good,

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