Green Cars

2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid price cut to $34,135
2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid price cut to $34,135

In an effort to spur sales amidst the onslaught of crossover SUVs, Hyundai on Thursday sliced the cost of its 2018 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid sedan by $1,350 to $34,135. MORE: 2018 Hyundai Accent, 2018 Kia Rio pass stringent IIHS crash test The top-tier Limited trim gets a price bump of $250 to $39,750...Read More»

2019 Honda Insight
2019 Honda Insight first drive: relief in a rising sea

Consider us as proverbial frogs, adrift in the rising oceans and paying nickels, dimes, and quarters more for gallons of the same gasoline every time we go to the pump. Impervious to the slow march toward $5 a gallon again, we’ll march happily along in crossovers and pickups until our credit...Read More»

Traffic in Los Angeles on Google Maps
LA to drop free rides for green cars in carpool lanes

Los Angeles County is making major changes that could have an impact on electric, plug-in hybrid, and hydrogen-fueled car sales in Southern California. Later this year, drivers of those so-called "sticker cars" will no longer be able to drive in carpool and express lanes without at least two...Read More»

Audi brings Traffic Light Info system to Washington DC
Citing fuel-economy benefits, automakers push for 91 octane gas

Touting lower greenhouse gas emissions and higher fuel economy, Detroit's automakers want the U.S. to boost its octane. GM, Ford, and FCA are working with the U.S. Council for Automotive Research on a plan to switch from the three octane choices at most pumps to just one: 91 octane. Such a move...Read More»

Chrome exhaust pipe
While automakers tout green cars, they're fighting the EPA

The left hand doesn't always follow the right hand. The trade association that represents most major automakers won its battle to get the EPA to announce it wants to ease emission limits for 2022 through 2025 cars, even as the lobbying group simultaneously works to promote electric cars that don't...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Volt
The 10 (best and) greenest cars of 2018

Gas prices might be low, but that's not an excuse for skipping over a green car in favor of a guzzler. Electrification has forced us to rethink just what it means to be eco-friendly. Today's frugal machines may be powered by gas engines that can turn themselves off automatically, they may have an...Read More»

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (a caricature by Flickr user DonkeyHotey)
Study: Trump states sell fewer green cars than Clinton states

It's Thursday, and if you're anything like us, you're probably a bit antsy for the weekend to start. Why not liven up things up with a recap of a clickbait-y study conducted by a website you've never heard of? You in? Great. The study comes from the curiously named Carjojo, which we believe is a...Read More»

2004 Toyota Prius
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»

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