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2012 VW Passat Six-Month Road Test: Wash, Wax, And 40.5 MPG
2012 VW Passat Six-Month Road Test: Wash, Wax, And 40.5 MPG

It's been nearly a month since we took delivery of our Six-Month Road Test sedan, the 2012 VW Passat TDI. In that time, it's rarely sat in Park for more than a day or two in the garage. Mostly, the TDI's been on the interstates and on long-distance treks, accumulating more than 3000 miles as it...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Priced From $25,995

Calling it America’s most affordable, fuel-efficient hybrid vehicle, and taking a square aim at Toyota’s Prius V wagon, Ford is beginning to promote the 2013 C-Max Hybrid compact minivan hatchback. The $25,995 starting price for the base level C-Max Hybrid certainly fits the bill and...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat Six-Month Road Test, Durham, North Carolina
2012 Volkswagen Passat Six-Month Road Test: A First Look At Quality

Our Six-Month Road Test of the 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI rolls on, and as it approaches a full thousand miles and a fully broken-in powertrain, we've taken a closer look at how our particular Passat measures up from a customer perspective in one critical way--initial quality. Picking up a...Read More»

2013 Kia Rio 5-door
2013 Kia Rio: Green Light For Fuel-Saving Stop-Start Option

The 2012 Kia Rio and 2012 Kia Soul models had been poised to be eco-tech trailblazers, as the first affordable mass-market models in the U.S. to offer stop-start, which smartly shuts down the engine when it would otherwise be needlessly idling and automatically (and quickly) restarts it. But plans...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupe
Mercedes Concept Style Coupe, Beetle TDI Drive, Audi Q5 Hybrid: Car News Headlines

We’ve just driven two of Volkswagen’s newest models, the stylish CC four-door coupe and the Beetle TDI. Also, the first images of Mercedes’ new Concept Style Coupe have hit the Web and it looks absolutely stunning. That’s good as the concept is a preview of the...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI
2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI: First Drive

Forget for a few minutes about your urge to make the absolute smartest fiscal choice. Yes, the economics of diesel ownership often take many, many years to work out as positive. Yes, diesels, as in the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI, do generally cost thousands more initially; and yes, diesel fuel...Read More»

2013 Lexus ES 300h
2013 Lexus ES 300h Live Photos: 2012 New York Auto Show

Already in the 2013 model year, Lexus is shipping its new GS sedans--the GS 350 we like best as an F Sport, and the GS 450h we're finagling more time in for a future road test. The follow-up act? A pair of ES sedans making their world debut at the 2012 New York auto show, including a first-ever...Read More»

2012 Ford Expedition
Republicans Go Big And Thirsty, Democrats Go Small And Green

The differences between Republicans and Democrats extend beyond mere political ideology. When it comes to buying cars, party loyalists on both sides have distinctly different tastes, but their respective vehicle choices don’t always play to stereotypes. As the latest survey from Strategic...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion: Fuel-Saving Start-Stop System Priced At $295

If you've ever driven a hybrid, you're likely familiar with the idea: You're sitting at a stoplight, with your foot on the brake pedal, and the engine simply turns off. When you lift off the brake, or when needed, it starts back up, almost seamlessly. Now that fuel-saving concept, called engine...Read More»

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Help High Gear Media Win Award For Our Green-Car Coverage!

The site you're reading right now is part of a larger family of auto online publications, and now one of our sister sites is up for an award. Will you help us win it? Green Car Reports, which focuses on cars with good gas mileage, as well as hybrids, diesels, and electric cars, has been nominated...Read More»

Polar Charging Post and Nissan Leaf
How Much Will The Feds Lose On Auto Loans? Not As Much As Feared

Over the past three and a half years, the federal government has gotten a lot of flak for offering low-interest loans to automakers, and automakers have gotten a lot of flak for taking them. But according to the Detroit News, a new report suggests that at least one of those loan programs won't be...Read More»

Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Is 'Green' Your Top Car Criteria? Check Out The Mitsubishi i-MiEV

It's a fact: shoppers prioritize different things when looking for new cars. Today, people tend to rank fuel economy above all else, but other folks crave reliability, some need performance, and still others prefer rides that reflect their lifestyle. If you fall into that last category and...Read More»

2012 Acura ILX 2.4
2013 Acura ILX First Look: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

Acura showed a concept version of the 2013 ILX sedan at the Detroit Auto Show back in January, and now it's revealing the production version at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. As with the nearly identical concept, the production ILX has a front end with swept-back headlights and a lightly rendered...Read More»

Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California
CA Passes Landmark Law Requiring Many More Zero-Emission Vehicles

Last Friday, the influential California Air Resources Board adopted new emission rules that will require carmakers to sell increasing number of zero-emission vehicles in the state, starting in 2018. By 2025, fully 15.4 percent of the cars sold annually in California must be zero-emission...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion: Redesigned Mid-Size Family Sedan

As new model introductions go, the reveal at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show of the redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan shows just how competitive the family car segment has become. With the new Fusion, Ford is the first automaker to offer a sedan with gasoline, hybrid and plug-in powertrains...Read More»

2013 Buick Encore
2013 Buick Encore: 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Buick is quickly expanding its lineup, what with the Regal and new Verano, but it needs an encore to the Enclave. And that is exactly what it is naming its new compact crossover, the 2013 Encore. The new Encore's contemporary styling won't offend anyone. Up front, there's a dark-gray waterfall...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion: Live Detroit Show Photos

The 2012 Detroit auto show is up to speed, and one of the most important new vehicles from the show is live now on the show floor at Cobo Center. The 2013 Ford Fusion arrives later this as the follow-up to one of Ford's biggest sales successes of the past five years. New in 2006, the Fusion is now...Read More»

Anne Proffit photo
2012 Mazda Mazda3: Quick Drive

Car manufacturers can rant all they want about this or that new technology, but until you've had an opportunity to truly try it for yourself, how do you know what's true? Mazda has been telling us all about its new Skyactiv technology it developed with revised ideas about designing and tuning both...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco: First Drive Review

Chevrolet's car fortunes are on the upswing, the momentum generated by new vehicles like the beautifully finished Cruze compact sedan and the eager little Sonic hatchback. Now it's the Malibu's turn, and the venerable nameplate ushers in big changes for the 2013 model year, all in the name of...Read More»

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