2011 Nissan Leaf

Kelley Blue Book’s Top 10 Green Cars For 2011
Kelley Blue Book’s Top 10 Green Cars For 2011

When editors of Kelley Blue Book prepared to select the “Top 10 Green Cars for 2011,” KBB’s annual listing of the most fuel-efficient cars, they sought to balance what buyers want in today’s cars – safety, creature comforts and driving enjoyment – with fuel...Read More»

Alan Mulally
Ford Wins Big In 2011 Edison Awards

Ford Motor Company won the lion’s share of automotive-related categories in the 2011 Edison Awards presented April 6 in New York City. The Dearborn, Michigan automaker took home three gold and one silver awards in the 2011 Best New Product Awards and 2011 Achievement Award for company...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
What Will It Take For Electric Cars To Make Great Family Cars?

First, a disclaimer – I’m no scientist, not particularly good at math, and claim no expertise in dissecting voluminous data on the pros and cons of electric vehicles. But I am a writer who’s also a wife, mother of four, and live in a state and area (California/Los Angeles) where...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Elantra
The Most Fuel-Efficient Cars Include Lincolns and Lexuses?

There are green car lists, high fuel economy lists, and then there’s TrueCar’s annual Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars” list, which rates all new vehicles on sale in the new model year by gas mileage. The list is valuable in comparing fuel costs for highly fuel-efficient cars at...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
Japanese Earthquake Halts Production Of Some Small Cars, Popular Hybrids For U.S. Market

While the world watches unfolding events surrounding rescue and recovery operations in Japan following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami March 11, we here at Family Car Guide encourage everyone to donate to the Japanese disaster relief efforts by the American Red Cross via the...Read More»

2010 Honda Civic GX natural-gas vehicle
2011 Greenest Vehicles List: A Baker’s Dozen of Diverse Cars

Think you know the greenest cars motoring down the road for 2011? You may be right in some of your picks, but a few others may surprise you. In its 14th annual environmental ratings, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) list of 2011 Greenest Vehicles is a mixed bag of...Read More»

1997 Honda Civic LX
Robotics Professor Converts Honda Civics To Electric

A robotics professor in Pittsburgh has designed a kit for the Honda Civic. It doesn't transform it into an exotic looking supercar, but it can make it run on electricity. Illah Nourbakhsh has been working with Baum Blvd. Automotive in the Pittsburgh suburb of Oakland and has pretty much worked out...Read More»

North American Car of the Year
2011 Detroit Show: The North American Car of the Year Is...?

While High Gear Media preps for the opening salvo at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), we're also preparing for Monday's announcement of the 2011 North American Car and Truck of the Year winners. As one of the 49 jurors voting for the award, I'm proud that all six of the...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus Electric
Ford Unveils Focus Electric at Consumer Electronics Show

Ford utilized the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to unveil the Dearborn, Michigan automaker’s first 100-percent electric car, the all-new Focus Electric five-door hatchback. The zero-emissions, gasoline-free version of the compact Ford Focus will launch in the U.S. in late 2011 and is...Read More»

2011 Fisker Karma
Chirp, Bruup, or Artificial Engine Sound -- Will You Know an EV Is Approaching

Here at Family Car Guide, we were all atwitter at the news late last month that the Senate and House both passed the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010. Now it awaits President Barack Obama’s signature before going into law. In essence, this law directs the Secretary of Transportation...Read More»

Nissan Leaf Carwings feature
Nissan Makes Range-Anxiety Fun With 'Carwings' For The 2011 Leaf

If Farmville has taught us anything -- and sadly, it's taught us plenty -- it's that people will carry out even the most repetitive, mundane chores as long as there's a shiny gold trophy waiting down the line. Now, Nissan has taken that same principle and applied it to a spiffy in-dash system for...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Elantra LPI Hybrid, sold in South Korea only
Three Major Factors Drive Consumers' Choice of Cars

Despite all the media attention over hybrids and electrics, when it comes to consumers’ choice of cars – family cars included – it still boils down to three major factors: quality, safety and price. So says Consumer Reports after a recent random, nationwide telephone survey of...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
2011 Nissan Leaf: Unplugged, it Tours

2011 Nissan Leaf:  Unplugged On Tour At the Midwest Automotive Media Association's 2010 Fall Rally, Nissan introduced its no-tailpipe emissions Leaf.  This 100-mile range electric vehicle has a lithium-ion battery pack down its center tunnel, underneath the stadium-style rear seat and between the...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Elantra
Today at High Gear Media: Hyundai Goes Green, Leaf Wins Big

Is Hyundai about to overtake Honda as the world's greenest carmaker? [GreenCarReports] As we did, European journalists have named the 2011 Nissan Leaf their Car of the Year. [AllCarsElectric] Safer roads are great for cars--but have you seen the stats for pedestrians and other forms of...Read More»

2010 Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept
Do Families Still Go To Auto Shows?

Back in the day -- translation, when I was a kid – my family couldn’t wait for the auto show season to come around. I'm from Michigan, home of the original Big Three (General Motors, Ford and Chrysler), and back then, the Detroit Auto Show was a must-see event that just about everyone...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, And Toyota Named Nielsen Finalists For Green Marketing

Like any trend, the "green" movement has fallen in and out of favor, but for the past few years, it's been especially popular -- maybe as popular as it was when it first gained mainstream momentum during the hippie movement of the 1960s. And perhaps because of that popularity, Nielsen has decided...Read More»

TCC Best Car to Buy 2011
TCC's Best Car to Buy 2011: Green Cars

Whatever your color of politics might be, red or blue, there's little doubt you've been teased by the notion of green cars. Environmentally concerned drivers want the same thing as security hawks: to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Though they get to the same place from different starting...Read More»

2011 Honda CR-Z 3dr CVT EX w/Navi Side Exterior View
The EPA's Top 10 Fuel-Efficient Cars (And Some for the Family)

Sometimes, you need to replace the family car. Saving money on gas is certainly one consideration that comes into play. There's more advice available to you now, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its list of the most fuel-efficient cars. It's always a good idea to save money...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
Today at High Gear Media: Holiday Driving, Trashed Porsches

Thanksgiving is creeping up on us--and so are gas prices, in advance of the biggest travel holiday of the year. [TheCarConnection] Naked and armed is no way to go through life, son--but if you're going to do it, do it in a Bentley. [MotorAuthority] If you missed the New York Marathon in all its...Read More»

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