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2012 Chevrolet Impala Gets A 30 MPG Highway Rating
2012 Chevrolet Impala Gets A 30 MPG Highway Rating

Remember the days when you had to choose between horsepower and fuel economy? You could pick one or the other, but asking for both usually ended in disappointment. Not so with the 2012 Chevrolet Impala, which gets a fuel economy rating of 30 mpg highway and 18 mpg city. That’s an increase of...Read More»

2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
2012 Volkswagen Beetle, 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class, 2013 GT500: Car News Headlines

First drive report on the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle. [TheCarConnection] BMW acquires a leasing firm to assist in i-Series electric car launch. [GreenCarReports] New details surrounding the 2013 Ford GT500 leak out. [MotorAuthority] Hot hatchbacks are attracting buyers again. [FamilyCarGuide] The NYPD...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
2011 Chevrolet Volt Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback: Quick Drive

It's received accolades as the North American Car of the Year, Motor Trend Car of the Year, and it still doesn't fit the definition of what a "car" should be. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt front-wheel-drive hatchback is both an electric, or plug-in, car and a gas-powered car. Sounds like a personality...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Routan
Rebel Attack: Greenpeace Uses The Force Against Volkswagen

I blogged yesterday about VW trying to engage its fans in helping to make the next commercial in its series “Drive Until.” I found this to be a good approach to winning fans and more adherents to the VW brand. It’s a great way to interact with the VW buyers and keep the company...Read More»

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U.S. Interstate Bike Routes Bolstered...As Highways Neglected?

You've probably heard of I-5, I-80, or I-95, the legendary U.S. 66 or the still-useful U.S. 2. But what about USBR 20? It's been 55 years since the Interstate highway system was initiated by President Eisenhower. And while that system might be crumbling and ill-maintained in some respects, there's...Read More»

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, road test, Spring 2011
2012 Honda Civic Ultimate Guide: Reviews, Gas Mileage, Videos

While the launch of the all-new 2012 Honda Civic was slowed somewhat by the after-effects of the Feburary earthquake and tsunami in Japan, 2012 model cars are now in dealerships. Gas mileage has gone up pretty much across the board, with the lowest figures of 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 25 mpg...Read More»

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Five Ways To Make Your Car Repair Green

Being kind to the environment doesn’t need to end when you leave home. As consumers we have control over what happens to the earth as a consequence of our purchases. Auto repair is one instance when our choices can have a positive impact. This can be as simple as letting our desires be known...Read More»

1978 AMC AMX showdown
Volt Versus Leaf, Snooki, Romney and Weiner: The Week In Reverse

Ford has a lot of homework to finish before next year: it's engineering a new three-cylinder engine, a hybrid transmission and an eight-speed automatic. [TheCarConnection] While Ford tries its hand at a three-cylinder, it's worth pointing out the mostly sad recent history of that kind...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
2012 Volkswagen Passat Priced Under $20,000

Volkswagen's released pricing for the 2012 Passat, which we gave a rating of 7.7. out of 10 just this week as the first drive embargoes disappeared. The new Passat carries a base price of $19,995, a fairly astonishing number when you consider the 2010 Passat stickered nearly $7,000 higher. The...Read More»

Volt Fuel Economy Sticker
No Letter Grade: The Car Industry Breathes A Sigh Of Relief

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration has abandoned the idea of using letter grades to reflect the fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions of new cars. Instead, the administration is expected to announce a new, revised system that will take the place...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
2012 Volkswagen Passat: German Enough, Or A Case Of Bless Their Hearts?

Volkswagen has new neighbors at its new manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. And in the usual Southern style, it's gently calling out the flaws it sees in the Alabama-built Hyundai Sonata and the Georgia-made Kia Optima, leaving out only the usual "bless their hearts" punctuation...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
NADA Clarifies Position On California Ruling

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) has clarified their position to TheCarConnection concerning a recent court ruling that allows California to continue to pass air pollution standards that are stricter than federal law. The U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that NADA and the U.S...Read More»

2011 Land Rover Range Rover
National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) And Chamber Lose Court Ruling

A U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that the state of California can continue to pass air pollution standards that are stricter than federal law. The court blocked a legal challenge to California's ability to manage air pollution standards when it ruled that the National Automobile Dealers...Read More»

Toyota Prius Plug-In
Study: For Shoppers, Vehicle Cost Matters More Than The Environment

One of the hard realities of considering some of the greenest advance-technology vehicles like hybrids or electric cars is that they almost always come with higher price tags. And, as J.D. Power and Associates found in its 2011 Green Automotive Study, now that worries about hybrid performance and...Read More»

2011 Honda Insight
Analysis: Hybrids, Diesels, Small Cars Surge Ahead In Vehicle Market

If you're thinking of downsizing or getting a vehicle that's more fuel-efficient, you're not the only one, unfortunately. It's the timing that's unfortunate; hybrids and small cars are hot, and you're not bound to find as good of a deal on them as just a few months ago. As an analysis from the firm...Read More»

2012 Honda Civic launch, New York Auto Show, April 2011
2012 Honda Civic: First Drive Impressions

By this point, the Honda Civic compact is an American institution. The newest generation, all new for 2012, builds on the car's traditional strengths--sporty roadholding, good gas mileage--but faces increasingly stringent competition from new entries like the 2011 Hyundai Elantra. The 2012 Honda...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
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»

2011 Lexus CT 200h
2011 Lexus CT 200h: New Hybrid Consideration For Small Family Car

As hybrids go, the all-new five-passenger 2011 Lexus CT 200h has a lot to like – especially the 42 mpg (combined) fuel economy and better-than-expected handling. It’s certainly no sports car, but it does acquit itself quite well in Sport mode (more about that later). With the entry of...Read More»

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype, tested in November 2010
Survey: Shoppers Very Confused About Hybrids, Plug-Ins, And EVs

Combined, hybrids, plug-in electrics, and electric vehicles still only account for a very small percentage of the car market. And outside of the iconic Prius—which Toyota is now developing into a separate green brand with at least two models—there aren't any big hybrid sales successes...Read More»

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