2023 Reviews: Top Electric & Plug-In Hybrid SUVs (CR)

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale Veloce driving

Alfa Romeo Tonale (2023)

The Tonale rounds out the trio of cars in Alfa Romeo’s small, stylish lineup, bringing small-SUV utility and a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain into the fold. Both the PHEV and the more conventional turbocharged, 2.0-liter gasoline versions of the Tonale will be all-wheel drive, showcasing an interior and exterior aesthetic that will be familiar to Alfa aficionados.

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

Chevrolet Blazer EV (2023)

The Blazer EV is based on GM’s Ultium platform that underpins the latest automaker’s electric models. This midsized SUV will meet the competition, notably the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4, and Hyundai-Kia pair in terms of price, functionality, and range. It will be offered in several trims, initially starting with the 2LT trim for $47,595 with a 293-mile estimated range. 


2023 Fisker Ocean in desert

Fisker Ocean (2023)

The Fisker Ocean pure-electric SUV features a solar roof and a 17-inch center touchscreen that can be rotated 90 degrees for either a horizontal or vertical display layout. The interior, which features recycled materials throughout, seats five passengers. 

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV front driving

Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV (2023)

The EQS SUV takes all the opulence and engineering marvel long associated with the Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan and applies these concepts to a large, three-row electric SUV. It comes standard in a rear-drive, one-motor configuration, with the 4Matic upgrade granting it all-wheel and two motors.

Read more reviews at Consumer Reports

Preview: New York Times Magazine – Sept 18, 2022

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Is Ron DeSantis the Future of the Republican Party?

For years, Democrats have worried about the prospect of a more disciplined heir to Trump. In Florida’s pugilistic governor, that candidate may have arrived.

Nick Cave Lost Two Sons. His Fans Then Saved His Life

“I try to write from the point of view,” the musician and writer Nick Cave says, “that something can happen to your life that is absolutely shattering that can also be redemptive and beautiful.” He came to this perspective through fire. In 2015, Cave’s 15-year-old son, Arthur, died after falling from a cliff near the family’s home in Brighton, England. 

My Roommate Is Neglecting His Dog. What Should I Do?

The magazine’s Ethicist on speaking up for a member of the household — when it’s a pet.

Architectural Design: The ‘Moon Resort’ In Dubai

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A Proposed Moon Resort in Dubai Lets You Experience Space Travel From Earth

Named “Moon,” the $5 billion mixed-use development envisions a moon-shaped building standing at 735 feet tall.

The words “moon resort” may evoke images of some kind of luxury accommodations requiring rocket ship travel that won’t be built until decades or centuries from now. However, a new proposal from Canada-based company Moon World Resorts Inc. imagines this idea a little closer to home—you’d only have to travel to Dubai, and you certainly wouldn’t need to wait decades to visit.

Named “MOON,” the project envisions a 735-foot-tall mixed-use building in the shape of Earth’s only natural satellite. Designed like a hyper-realistic take on the Epcot globe at Disney World, the developers are in talks to bring MOON to four global locations, currently expecting the first to be in Dubai. Though any official plans are yet to be finalized, the company’s founders are optimistic. “From an architectural, engineering, and design perspective, MOON can be built,” Michael R. Henderson, MOON cofounder, tells AD

Read more at Architectural Digest

Walking Tours: Budva In Southwest Montenegro

Budva is a town in Montenegro on the Adriatic Sea. Part of the Budva Riviera, it’s known for sandy beaches and nightlife. Stone walls built by the Venetians surround the narrow streets of the medieval old town (Stari Grad). This historic district is home to a seaside citadel and religious sites such as the Church of Santa Maria in Punta, established in the 9th century.

Design: Boronia House In Bellevue Hill, Australia

Celebrating colour and materiality, Boronia House is the contemporary reimagination of a pre-existing dwelling. With interior design by Esoteriko, the family home captures an uplifting and lively environment.

Video Timeline: 00:00 – Introduction to Boronia House 00:30 – The Entry to The Home 00:46 – Starting with A Gallery Space 01:00 – Refurbishment of The Kitchen 01:38 – The Custom Metal Work 01:54 – The Clients and The Brief 02:07 – Custom Pieces from Local Artisans 02:40 – Rising Up Into The Bedrooms 03:14 – Connecting The Landscape and The Living 03:48 – An Elevated and Extended Living Area 04:20 – Living Through Colour

Located in the harbourside suburb of Bellevue Hill, Boronia House is surrounded by expansive properties interspersed by leafy sections of green. Mirroring the height of the neighbouring houses, the family home is comfortably settled within its immediate built context. In the kitchen, walnut panelling clads the cabinetry, complementing the dark limestone flooring of the original dwelling.

An impressive double-height void frames the kitchen island bench from above, presenting the piece as the dramatic focal point of the family home. Guiding residents up through the void is a set of floating concrete stairs. Throughout Boronia House, Esoteriko forges a strong relationship between the home and the natural vistas beyond. On the ground floor, outdoor joinery bridges the conceptual gap between family home and garden. An external seating area increases engagement with the landscape, alongside a new staircase and elevated swimming pool.

Embracing a natural connection alongside colour, Esoteriko develops the liveability of a family home. Boronia House enhances everyday life, prompting residents to adopt a more relaxed and explorative means of occupying space.

Summer Walks: A Bamboo Path At Otokuni In Kyoto

After the rain, the bamboo grove is the perfect time to feel the smell of fertile soil and bamboo. But please beware of mosquitoes during the summer. At Tennōzan, there was a battle that marked a turning point in Japanese history.

Even today, important days are sometimes referred to as Tennōzan. Komyo-ji Temple attracts a lot of tourists during the fall foliage season. In the fresh green season, you can enjoy a relaxing walk without worrying about the surroundings.

Video timeline: 00:00 タイトル(Title) 00:11 竹の径(Bamboo Path at Otokuni) 02:04 洛西竹林公園(Kyoto Bamboo Park) 03:25 大山崎竹林の小径(Bamboo Path at Oyamazaki) 04:48 天王山散策(Walking Around Tennōzan) 05:21 宝積寺(Hoshaku-ji Temple) 06:15 観音寺 (Kannon-ji Temple) 06:48 天王山(Mount Tennōzan) 08:00 自玉手祭来酒解神社(Sakatoke Shrine) 08:32 光明寺(Komyo-ji Temple)

Aerial City Views: Wichita In Central Kansas (4K)

Wichitacity, seat (1870) of Sedgwick county, south-central Kansas, U.S. It lies on the Arkansas River near the mouth of the Little Arkansas, about 140 miles (225 km) southwest of Topeka. The city site is a gently rolling plain at an elevation of about 1,300 feet (400 metres). Summers are hot and winters cool; precipitation is moderate and falls mainly during the warm months.

Wichita, the largest city in the state, is at the heart of a three-county metropolitan area. Nearby communities include Park City (north), Andover (east), and Derby and Haysville (south). Inc. city, 1871. Area city, 139 square miles (360 square km). Pop. (2010) 382,368; Wichita Metro Area, 623,061; (2020) 397,532...

Wichita was founded in 1864 as a trading post on the site of a village of the Wichita Indians. It owed its early development to the  Texas cattle  trade along the Chisholm Trail and to the rapid spread of agricultural settlement along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, then under construction. In its early years Wichita was a stopover on cattle drives to Abilene (Kansas) and other points as the railroad moved west; in 1872 the line reached Wichita, and the city became a major cattle-shipping centre. By 1875 farmers’ fences were obstructing the movement of beef herds, but grain became an important commodity.

Opinion: Death Of Queen Ends Era, Bolsonaro’s Threat, EU Energy Crisis

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the death of Elizabeth II marks the end of an era. Also, why Jair Bolsonaro poses a threat to Brazilian democracy (11:15), and Europe’s energy market in crisis (19:12). 

Front Page: The New York Times – September 13, 2022

Ukraine’s Sudden Gains Prompt New Questions for Commanders

Ukraine’s military is gauging how far its forces can press the attack, at risk of their ability to hold the new lines. Russian leaders are trying to regroup after a dramatic, demoralizing rout.

As Russian Losses Mount in Ukraine, So Does Criticism Back Home

Ukraine’s recent battlefield successes are emboldening Vladimir Putin’s critics and sending his supporters in search of someone else to blame.

King Charles Inherits Untold Riches, and Passes Off His Own Empire

As prince, Charles used tax breaks, offshore accounts and canny real estate investments to turn a sleepy estate into a billion-dollar business.