Hybrids

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco: First Drive Review
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»

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Priced From $25,995

Family car buyers looking to save a little money in a spacious, comfortable mid-size sedan, both upfront in the purchase price and down the way at the gas pump may find the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco just the ticket. The base price for the 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco is $25,995, which includes destination...Read More»

2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Hybrid Owners Safer In Crashes, More Dangerous To Pedestrians

We have good news and bad news for hybrid owners. First, the good news: a new study from the Highway Loss Data Institute indicates that you're less likely to be injured in a crash. Why? It's mostly a question of weight. Hybrids are about 10% heavier than their conventional counterparts, thanks...Read More»

2011 Volvo XC60
Volvo: We're Going Four-Cylinder, 24/7

Volvo has traditionally been known as the car company with boxy-but-safe sedans and wagons. If things go as Volvo management plans, they may soon be known as the “safe” green car manufacturer, since the company is taking major steps towards a zero emissions future. First up is a switch...Read More»

2005 Toyota Prius
End of the Free Ride: California Nixes Hybrid Access to Carpool Lanes – For Now

If you’re one of the lucky 85,000 California drivers of hybrids with yellow decals permitting access to carpool lanes, the free ride is over – for now. The state officially ends this program June 30 and will replace it with a new sticker program for electric and plug-in cars in the near...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Next Ford Fusion Hybrid Could Get 47-48 MPG

Consumers looking forward to the next all-new Ford Fusion Hybrid for a family sedan replacement, get ready for some (hopefully) very good news. Ford Motor Company is clearly on a roll, planning to hedge its bets by offering consumers more fuel-efficient hybrids, five new electrified vehicles by...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid To Get 47 MPG City: Report

Ford’s current Fusion Hybrid is no slouch in the fuel economy department, returning an EPA estimated 41 miles per gallon in city driving. Given the car’s mid-size sedan bulk, that’s a more-than-reasonable performance, but Ford apparently has found a way to up the next Fusion...Read More»

2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist Live Shots
2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist Priced

Buick has released pricing on their mild-hybrid, four-cylinder LaCrosse eAssist, showing that it will sticker at $30,820 (including a destination charge of $860) before you begin adding options. Technically, that allows Buick to claim it’s priced “below $30,000," which also makes it...Read More»

2011 Cadillac SRX
2013 Cadillac SRX Plug-In Hybrid Killed, But Reasons Are Complex

Last week we told you that General Motors had pulled the plug on development of the Cadillac SRX plug-in hybrid. At the time, it looked like production costs were behind the decision, and if GM couldn’t sell the plug-in hybrid Cadillac crossover at a profit, it made no sense to proceed with...Read More»

2012 Cadillac SRX
Cadillac SRX Plug-In Hybrid Gets Plug Pulled: Report

Citing high production costs, a GM source revealed that the automaker had cancelled plans to build a plug-in hybrid version of the popular Cadillac SRX crossover. Back in January, GM CEO Dan Akerson indicated that launch of a plug-in hybrid SRX was likely, and that he expected electrified vehicles...Read More»

Volkswagen XL1 Concept
VW Uses Formula XL Concept To Kick Off MoMA Partnership

Volkswagen first showed off their Formula XL1 concept at this year’s Qatar Auto Show, but until now it hadn’t yet found reason to bring the prototype to the United States. That is, until now. Volkswagen chose the Formula XL1 to kick off its recent announcement of a new partnership with...Read More»

2010 Lexus RX 450h
Lexus RX 450h Too Powerful For NYC Taxi Fleet

Why can't Lexus' big hybrids be New York taxis? There are 13,386 medallion cabs in New York City, and over 55 percent of the fleet is made up of Ford’s Crown Victoria sedan. The next most popular vehicle is the Ford Escape Hybrid, which makes up nearly 25 percent of the legal taxi fleet...Read More»

Bill Ford 2006
Bill Ford: A Quarter Of All Vehicles Electrified By 2020

Will one-fourth of all new vehicles be either hybrids, plug-ins, or electric vehicles in less than a decade? That's what one of the world's top auto-industry execs thinks—at least for his company. In a piece in Fortune Magazine, Ford Motor Company [NYSE: F] Chairman Bill Ford made that...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima Hybrid
Kia Announces 2011 Optima Hybrid Pricing

If you’re in the market for a mid-size hybrid sedan, your shopping list just grew by one. Kia has announced pricing on their 2011 Optima Hybrid, which will start at $26,500 excluding a destination fee of $750. That puts the Optima Hybrid on par with the 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid, which sells...Read More»

2011 Audi A8
Six 2011 High-Tech Luxury Sedans For Affluent Families

Sitting in a top-drawer luxury sedan certainly has its appeal, for the well-heeled family. Commuting's just better with LCD touchscreens and Dolby surround sound, isn't it? And isn't a long vacation trip easier with twin 8-inch DVD screens in the back seat? When you pay the price, a luxury family...Read More»

2012 Kia Soul
Great Family Cars With Great Gas Mileage--For Under $25,000

With gas prices hovering in the mid- to high-$4-per-gallon territory in many parts of the country, consumers looking for more fuel-efficient cars for family members that don’t break the bank have some excellent choices. These eight fuel-sipping new cars all check in with a base price of less...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus Electric
Study Finds Car Buyers More Interested In Gas Savings Than Green

While it may be a blow to those seeking to flood the highways with hybrid and electric vehicles, the view from the street is that fuel-cost savings is more of an inducement to buy than how green a car is. At least, that’s the conclusion drawn by the inaugural U.S. Green Automotive Study by...Read More»

Traffic Jam
What's Bad (And What's Good) About $5-Per-Gallon Gas Prices

It’s no joke that Americans are feeling pain at the pump, with gasoline prices inching up to the $5 per gallon mark in some parts of the country. Pollsters, pundits and the average Joe and Jane on the street all have their thoughts about what this bodes for our immediate future. Here at...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»

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