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The 6 most influential green cars in history
The 6 most influential green cars in history

For the first 50 years of its life, the auto industry operated entirely free of any regulation. Believe it or not, it wasn’t until the 1950s that all U.S. states even agreed on the size, shape, and mounting holes for license plates. But starting in the 1960s, governments began to face up to...Read More»

2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco
2016 Toyota Prius: Lower Price, Higher MPG Adds Up To Even Better Value

The entire 2016 Toyota Prius Liftback lineup has been priced. Well, almost all of it has—because we’re still waiting for details and all the pertinent numbers on the reformulated Prius Plug-In that’s expected in the next year. The Prius family has, for years, included some of the...Read More»

2016 Toyota Prius
2016 Toyota Prius Aiming At 55 MPG, Sportier Driving Experience

The 2016 Toyota Prius made an official first appearance this past week—and with a new shape, more finely detailed design details, and a heightened driving experience, the fourth-generation Prius looks poised to stay relevant—and a leader in some respects, in a market where the Prius is...Read More»

2016 Cadillac ELR
$75,000 Cadillac ELR Coupe Price Was Too High, Exec Admits

The Cadillac ELR, GM's extended-range electric luxury coupe, looked promising at first. It married the Voltec powertrain of the Chevrolet Volt with sleeker styling and a more upscale interior. But when the ELR went on sale late in 2013, one thing immediately overshadowed all of its good points: The...Read More»

2014 Nissan Leaf
Nissan Leaf Recalled For Electric-Motor Problem

Nissan is conducting a Voluntary Recall Campaign on a small number of 2014 Leaf electric vehicles to replace the inverter assembly. It's the second Leaf recall within recent weeks, after Nissan said it would replace entire cars identified with body-weld issues. ALSO SEE: What Car Should You Really...Read More»

Average emissions from light-duty vehicles, 1998-2013 (via the Union of Concerned Scientists)
Hyundai-Kia, Honda, Toyota Are America's Greenest Automakers, But All Are Improving

A new study of America's top eight automakers finds Asian brands to be the greenest of the bunch, while Detroit brands earn the lowest marks. However, all eight companies have shown dramatic improvement, over the past decade and a half. ALSO SEE: Google Debuts Its First Autonomous Car: Is This The...Read More»

2015 Hyundai Sonata, 2014 New York Auto Show
2015 Hyundai Sonata Video: New York Auto Show

The Hyundai Sonata has been a bold move—a bold move that has paid off. Still, it’s time for change after four years. That brings us to this car—the 2015 Hyundai Sonata coming later this year after a world debut at the 2014 New York auto show. ALSO SEE: 2015 Toyota Camry Video: New...Read More»

2015 Ford Focus, 2014 New York Auto Show
2015 Ford Focus Video: New York Auto Show

The Ford Focus is the world’s best selling car—and it was The Car Connection’s Best Car To Buy 2012. After a few years, the Focus is still one of our favorite compact cars, either as a hatchback or a sedan. It handles well, looks great, and has one of the sportiest compact models...Read More»

2015 Toyota Camry, 2014 New York Auto Show
2015 Toyota Camry Video: New York Auto Show

The mid-size sedan market is brutal. It’s rife with excellent cars like the Ford Fusion and Honda Accord. So even if you’re the best selling car in America, you might not be the best. That’s what Toyota is setting out to change with the 2015 Toyota Camry, with what it calls a...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 2014 New York Auto Show
2015 VW Jetta Video: New York Auto Show

The Jetta has been the best-selling VW in America since it was redesigned in 2011, and it keeps getting better. Just last year we drove an updated version with a great new turbocharged four-cylinder—and of course there’s the TDI, one of the most popular Jettas of all--and by far, the...Read More»

Bentley Mulsanne Hybrid Concept, 2014 Beijing Auto Show
2017 Bentley SUV Will Offer Plug-In Hybrid Option

Bentley plans to launch its first-ever SUV by 2016, and a year after this yet-to-be-named model is introduced, the luxury brand will offer its first-ever hybrid. While we still have at least a couple of years before we see the Bentley SUV plug-in hybrid, the advanced drivetrain of this vehicle will...Read More»

2014 Nissan Leaf
The 16 Plug-In Electric Cars You Can Buy (Or Can't) For 2014

Electric cars may still seem futuristic, but there are actually 16 different plug-in models you can buy today. Availability depends a lot on where you live, though. Several of them are so-called compliance cars, offered only in California and a handful of other locations to meet that state's...Read More»

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Driven: At 50 MPG And $30k, Does It Add Up?

Is the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid a more compelling vehicle this time around? You might not be aware that this is Honda’s second try at an Accord Hybrid; but as we drove the 2014 Accord Hybrid earlier this month we couldn't help but look back at what didn't work last time—and how...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Volt Fuel Economy
Your Car's Fuel Economy Gauge Is Probably Wrong

Your car's fuel economy gauge may be lying to you. Well, exaggerating at least. A recent article in the Detroit News says dashboard mpg readouts are about 5 percent too optimistic. Some are worse than others, though: Edmunds tested a 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid and found its readout to be 19 percent...Read More»

2014 Buick Regal GS
2014 Buick Regal Driven; Priced From $30,615

The 2014 Buick Regal gets a new engine, a new infotainment interface, and some reconfigured hardware when it goes on sale later this year--along with a new base price. That price is $30,615, which includes $925 in destination charges--$675 higher in all versus the least expensive 2013 Regal. At...Read More»

2014 Ford F-150 fitted with natural-gas readiness package
Ford F-150 To Be Offered Ready For Natural-Gas Conversion

Ford announced today that it would offer an optional natural-gas readiness package the 2014 model of on its popular F-150 pickup truck, equipping the truck to be converted to natural-gas or bi-fuel operation by qualified third-party installers. It's the first half-ton pickup truck to be offered...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Energi  -  Driven, June 2013
2013 Ford C-Max Energi: Driven

The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi is a plug-in hybrid. But if you keep your trip lengths relatively short, and get in the habit of plugging in at home and perhaps at work, it does a really good job pretending it's an all-electric car. Selecting the Energi's 'EV Now' mode, we managed to do a 20-mile...Read More»

2013 Tesla Model S
Next New Tesla Sedan Will Be Smaller, Less Expensive, In 2016

Electric-car startup Tesla Motors has been in the news a lot lately. In the last few months, it achieved its first profitable quarter, delivered more plug-in electric cars than any other maker (Nissan and Chevy included) from January through March, and issued more than $1 billion of new...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion Energi
2013 Ford Fusion Energi Earns NHTSA Five-Star Safety Rating

The mid-size 2013 Ford Fusion lineup boasts an additional entry in the top safety ratings arena as the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid earns a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2013 Ford Fusion and the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid have...Read More»

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