Hybrids

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV delayed one more year
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV delayed one more year

Mitsubishi dealers in the United States and Canada won't have the brand's first plug-in hybrid in their showrooms by the end of this year after all, the automaker said today. Instead, they'll have to wait at least another year for the much-delayed, high-efficiency vehicle. “Following a...Read More»

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Germany could follow Norway and the Netherlands, banning gas & diesel cars

Last week, we told you about plans to end the sale of gas and diesel vehicles in Norway and the Netherlands by the year 2025. Could Germany follow suit? At least one government official hopes so, and he'd like to see it happen by 2030. That official is Deputy Economy Minister Rainer Baake. Speaking...Read More»

2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring
2016 Toyota Prius crash-tested, earns top safety ratings

The fourth generation of the Toyota Prius has only been on sale for a few months. Yet with the release this week of federal crash-test results, and of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) test results just last week, we now have a pretty good picture of the safety of this new...Read More»

2017 Toyota Prius Prime, 2016 New York Auto Show
2017 Toyota Prius Prime video preview

The latest Toyota Prius has been a real surprise—with daring looks and even a little bit of driving fun mixed in with stellar gas mileage. Now it’s time for a Prius that blends in the power of the plug--the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime. MORE: Read about the Toyota Prius The Prime is the...Read More»

2017 Hyundai Ioniq, 2016 New York Auto Show
2017 Hyundai Ioniq video preview

Hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric cars are all now a permanent part of the automotive landscape. Hyundai isn’t about to be left out of that brave new world. Its green-car ambitions gets a serious boost with this--the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq. MORE: Read about the Hyundai Ioniq The Ioniq breaks...Read More»

2016 GMC Sierra 1500 eAssist
2016 Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra Get MPG-Boosting Mild-Hybrid Tech

No, the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 and 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 still aren’t moving to downsized engines, or turbocharging. But if you’re in California, you might soon find new mild-hybrid versions at the dealership. For now, these Sierra 1500 and Silverado 1500 trucks, with what’s...Read More»

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Preview Video

The future is electric at Kia. The South Korean automaker introduced the new Niro hybrid at this year's Chicago auto show--and also showed off the brand's first plug-in hybrid vehicle, the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid. Kia says it wants its cars to be far more efficient by the year 2020, and the Optima...Read More»

2016 Jeep 75th Anniversary edition complete model lineup
Fiat Chrysler Kills Chrysler 200 & Dodge Dart, Puts Brakes On Alfa Romeo, Ramps Up Jeep

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has updated its current business plan, and...well, let's just say that changes are afoot at FCA, but none of them will catch anyone off-guard. The new plan stems from changes in the global marketplace that position some FCA products for greater success than others. Such...Read More»

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid
2017 Honda Accord Hybrid To Get Updates; Plug-In Discontinued

The 2016 Honda Accord is one of the smartest mid-size sedan choices on the market today; and if you’re especially mileage-minded, the Accord Hybrid, with its 47-mpg EPA combined gas mileage rating, is the way to go. Only you’re going to need a lot of luck finding one new, as there is no...Read More»

Oil well (photo by John Hill)
OPEC Laughs In The Face Of Electric Cars

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has issued its annual World Oil Outlook report, and to absolutely no one's surprise, it's pretty optimistic about the future of fossil fuels. Among OPEC's big predictions: 1. By the year 2040, 94 percent of vehicles that roam the world's...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 Two Eco
2016 Toyota Prius First Drive: Video

It's now in its fourth generation, and the Toyota Prius continues to be the world's definitive hybrid-electric vehicle. This latest 2016 Prius gets slightly better gas mileage than before--52 miles per gallon for the base model--to keep its crown as the most fuel-efficient vehicle without a plug...Read More»

I-95/395 reversible HOV lanes, located in the middle of the freeway (pic by Mariordo at Wikimedia)
How Do You Encourage People To Buy Hybrids & EVs? Offer HOV Lane Access

Not so long ago, many analysts and eco-advocates were bemoaning the slow adoption of hybrids and electric cars. The sales stats just didn't make sense: consumers prioritized fuel economy, prices of hybrids in particular had become very competitive, and most folks agreed that cutting emissions was...Read More»

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: 33 MPG, Starting Price Under $30k

Toyota has revealed fuel economy and pricing for its new 2016 RAV4 Hybrid models, which are not just the most fuel-efficient models in the RAV4 lineup but the quickest and most powerful. The RAV4 Hybrid gets a version of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive featuring a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle...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»

2015 BMW i3
The Greenest Cars Of 2015

Fuel economy is a broad term in the car world. Back in the day, it just meant gas mileage, and inevitably those numbers were low. Now, it encompasses everything from frugal gas-powered machines, to turbodiesels, to gas-electric hybrids, to plug-in hybrids, to extended-range electric vehicles...Read More»

2015 Chrysler Town & Country
Chrysler Readying Plug-In Hybrid Minivan: Would It Fit Your Needs?

Would you reconsider a minivan, if it offered an advanced plug-in hybrid powertrain that would be able to do short errands and perhaps your commute on electricity alone? It’s a question that Chrysler—now FCA, as the broader automaker that includes Fiat, Dodge, Ram, and Alfa...Read More»

2015 BMW 7-Series
The Car Connection's Best Hybrids To Buy 2015

Over the past fifteen years, hybrids have evolved, graduating from standalone, far-out models exhibiting maximum gas mileage to what's now the more common way to see a hybrid badge: on a special variant of an existing model. Yes, the Prius remains a hybrid icon today, but there are plenty of other...Read More»

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE concept, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE: VW’s (American) Future Of Crossovers

Ahead of its debut at the Detroit Auto Show this week, Volkswagen has just given us a first look at the future: a future that’s U.S.-built, aimed directly at America, showcasing an all-new design direction, and sized for American wants and needs. It’s called the Cross Coupe GTE, and it...Read More»

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