Hybrids

2019 Honda Insight hybrid sedan costs $23,725 to start
2019 Honda Insight hybrid sedan costs $23,725 to start

When it goes on sale later this month, the 2019 Honda Insight hybrid sedan will start at $23,725 the automaker announced Wednesday. That price is for a base Insight LX that includes 16-inch alloy wheels, a 5.0-inch display for audio, Bluetooth connectivity, LED headlights, cloth upholstery and a...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»

2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
Kia Niro hybrid earns Top Safety Pick+ award

The IIHS said last week that the 2018 Kia Niro is among the safest cars it has tested, at least when equipped with optional active-safety gear and headlights. The insurance industry-funded crash-testers found that the Niro and Niro Plug-In Hybrid both have a strong safety structure and they hold...Read More»

2019 Lexus ES
2019 Lexus ES first drive: a luxury staple breaks into three-part harmony

Freed from its burden of being the mid-size sedan for every luxury buyer, the 2019 Lexus ES sedan, now in its seventh generation, grows slightly sharper in each of its several distinct flavors. The 2019 ES350 plays the middle-of-the-road luxury role, the ES300h hits hybrid high-economy notes while...Read More»

Electrify America Level 2 chargers with Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf
Texas brings back eco-friendly car incentives

Texas may be the biggest pickup truck market in the country, but the Lone Star State wants its roads to be a little greener in the future. After staying out of the eco-car rebate for the last three years, Texas will reinstate incentives beginning Sept. 1 as high as $5,000 on alternative fuel...Read More»

Teaser for Maserati Alfieri sports car
Long-term plans for Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Maserati hinge on tech-heavy future

Nearly 15 years after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne took the reins of the global automaker, the only consistent force within the company has been change. On Friday, Marchionne and other FCA executives outlined a broad plan to focus heavily on worldwide sales of Jeep, Alfa Romeo...Read More»

2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid
2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid returns with higher price tag, more features

A little time off to regroup never hurt anyone. That's just what happened to the 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid, which the automaker said Tuesday is just now hitting dealer showrooms in select markets scattered across the U.S. While shoppers won't find the 2018 Rogue Hybrid everywhere—Nissan is...Read More»

2019 Toyota Avalon
2019 Toyota Avalon first drive: full-size sedan with a sassy chassis

First, the Toyota Avalon came for old luxury buyers with old-school ideas. It had stretch-out space, comfortable ride, and it was quiet like the No. 17 tee box at Sawgrass. Then it came for the rest of us. Lagging racier competitors, including the Nissan Maxima, the Avalon looks to shed a stodgy...Read More»

2010 Lexus HS250h - door badge
With hybrid cars, automakers look to blend their pitches (and prices) to sell more

Robert O’Hair and his wife Darnelle had a few must-have features on their new-car shopping list. “Hybrid powertrain” was nowhere to be found. In that, the O’Hairs aren’t alone. The pair had just purchased a farm in rural Colorado, almost an hour northeast of Denver...Read More»

2017 Lexus RX 450h, Catskill Mountains, NY, Feb 2017
Lexus drops hybrid prices across board

Lexus has sliced the price of entry for its luxury hybrids by as much as $4,800 for the 2018 model year, but we'll stop short of suggesting that the automaker is simply being generous. Speaking with Automotive News, Lexus general manager Jeff Bracken said it has everything to do with federal fuel...Read More»

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid
2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid vs. 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid: Compare Cars

Driving a hybrid doesn’t mean sacrificing style and space anymore. Hybrid versions of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord are mid-size sedans with a secret: underneath the plain-jane sheet metal is a remarkably efficient powertrain. The two have come a long way since they were first introduced...Read More»

2018 Lexus RX L
Three-row 2018 Lexus RX 450hL hybrid luxury crossover priced from $51,615

You won't have to pay much more for less with the 2018 Lexus RX 450hL. The luxury automaker announced Thursday at the Chicago auto show that the first three-row version of its hybrid will be priced from $51,615 when it goes on sale in April. That works out to $1,550 more than the all-wheel drive...Read More»

2018 Lexus ES
2018 Lexus ES 300h vs. 2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid: Compare cars

The 2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and 2018 Lexus ES 300h are comfortable, luxurious cruisers with an ace up their sleeves. Thanks to gasoline-electric hybrid powertrains, these two cars are roomy enough for five passengers yet they're among the most fuel-efficient new cars available today. Both go about...Read More»

Honda Insight Prototype, 2018 Detroit auto show
2019 Honda Insight hybrid to debut in Detroit, promises 50 mpg combined

A "concept" for the 2019 Honda Insight hybrid sedan will appear at the Detroit auto show that opens next week, debuting a new "premium compact" model that will sit between the compact Civic and mid-size Accord sedans. Honda announced on Thursday that its new hybrid will be EPA-rated at 50 mpg...Read More»

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Following the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash tests, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid walked away with a serious accolade and the vehicle safety body named it a Top Safety Pick+. The Ioniq Hybrid's IIHS scorecard shows "Good" ratings in all crash test scenarios, which include the...Read More»

GMC Sierra eAssist
2018 GMC Sierra eAssist hybrid pickup to be sold nationwide

After two years soaking up the California sun, the GMC Sierra 1500 eAssist mild-hybrid pickup will be available nationwide starting this year. When it launched in 2016, the mild-hybrid truck was offered only in certain California dealerships. After delivering more than 500 examples in California...Read More»

Honda CR-V Hybrid prototype, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
Honda CR-V Hybrid prototype goes green(er)

Honda's popular CR-V is about to get a little greener, and we're not talking about its paint. A Honda CR-V Hybrid prototype will bow next week in Germany at the Frankfurt auto show and it may be headed to American dealers. By adding a hybrid option, Honda can compete more fully with both the Toyota...Read More»

Mark Webber driving a 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid in London
UK to outlaw gas and diesel vehicles by 2040

No fossil fuels, please--we're British. That's the message put out by the United Kingdom's Environment Minister, Michael Gove, earlier today. Speaking to BBC Radio, Gove said that the U.K. plans to outlaw the sale of vehicles that run solely on gas or diesel by the year 2040. Completely details of...Read More»

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (photo by Rijin, via Wikimedia Commons)
France will say au revoir to gas and diesel vehicles by 2040

Last summer, Paris banned older cars from its city center in an effort to reduce pollution. Now, France has gone several steps further, announcing plans to ban the sale of gas and diesel vehicles in the country by the year 2040. The announcement came from France's Environmental Minister, Nicolas...Read More»

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