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Knowing about a vehicle is one thing; driving it is quite another. Getting behind the wheel gives you greater insight into a vehicle's performance, fuel economy, safety and comfort. With the Driving Notes blog, Bobit Business Media FleetGroup editors will get behind the wheel of today's fleet vehicles and give their unbiased views.

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2015 Chevrolet Bi-Fuel Impala (CNG)

Photo by Mike Antich.

Alternative-fuel vehicles have come of age and a perfect example is the bi-fuel 2015 Chevrolet Impala that can run on either gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG). If not told in advance, most everyday drivers behind the wheel of a bi-fuel Impala would not know they were driving a CNG-powered vehicle.

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2014 BMW i3

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Just about everything that goes into BMW's 2014 i3 may seem impractical, such as its broad use of exotic materials, bulbous shape with coach doors, and range limit. Yet, this vehicle is an automotive engineering marvel that's also a fun, smooth drive.

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2015 Volkswagen e-Golf

Photo by Vince Taroc.

The e-Golf drives and handles exactly like its gasoline and diesel cousins — meaning smoothly and efficiently with the kind of get up and go that modern drivers expect and the handling and solidness that fleets need.

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2015 Audi A3 TDI

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Audi has brought back its A3 TDI sedan for the 2015 model year with a redesigned 2.0-liter diesel that provides impressive range in an entry luxury sedan that won't crack open a fleet budget.

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2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Instead of a gauge showing RPM, the Camry Hybrid displays three states: “Charge,” “Eco,” and “Power.” I assume if you want to improve your MPG, you can try to stay in the Charge and Eco modes for a long as possible.

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Bi-Fuel CNG Pickup

Photo by Vince Taroc.

I’ve driven a number of CNG vehicles over the years and I must say this was one of the most seamless bi-fuel transitions I have experienced, segueing from CNG to gasoline and back all with a simple flip of a switch — while you are driving.

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2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid Sedan

Photo by Vince Taroc.

I recently had the opportunity to test drive a 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid. Although the model I drove was the Titanium trim level, a level higher than the SE model typically ordered by commercial fleets, my primary interest was in evaluating the vehicle from both the fleet manager and company driver perspective.

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI Sedan

Photo by Vince Taroc.

It comes as no surprise to learn that the Volkswagen Passat TDI clean diesel has become a top fleet vehicle for the automaker, when you discover its nearly 700-mile range on a single take of fuel.

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