Hybrids

Toyota Avalon: Best Hybrid To Buy 2020
Toyota Avalon: Best Hybrid To Buy 2020

Believe it. It's not the Prius or the best-selling RAV4 Hybrid that does best what Toyota does best. It is the Toyota Avalon full-size sedan, prized by drivers who prefer life in the slow lane, that tops The Car Connection's rating at 7.0 out of 10 to make it the Best Hybrid To Buy 2020. Redesigned...Read More»

2020 Chrysler Pacifica
Chrysler Pacifica: Best Minivan To Buy 2020

The Chrysler Pacifica minivan does something better than every other vehicle on the planet, and we'll exchange words with you over that. Crossover SUVs can't match its flexibility. The new mid-engine Corvette doesn't come as a plug-in hybrid. Ferrari's newest supercars don't have infotainment as...Read More»

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid
Toyota Corolla Hybrid: Best Economy Car To Buy 2020

Prius who? With the 2020 Corolla Hybrid, Toyota has made a case to shoppers for ignoring its hallmark gas-electric hatchback and opting instead for its newest compact economy sedan. The latest Toyota Corolla shows just how serious the company is about dominating economy cars through excellent fuel...Read More»

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid - Best Car To Buy 2020
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: Best Car To Buy 2020 Nominee

The Toyota RAV4 is the best-selling non-truck in America due to its practicality, reliability, AWD capability, and easy-to-use if not outdated technology. More than anything, it is familiar, like the Camry mid-size sedan a decade before it. For the 2019 redesign (which we weren’t able to...Read More»

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, 2019 LA Auto Show
2021 Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid revealed: Shocking power from crossover SUV

Toyota on Tuesday confirmed a bit of a shocker, pun intended. The automaker confirmed details for its 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid crossover, due next year, which adds a bigger hybrid battery to its hybrid powertrain that can power the crossover up to 39 miles on electric power alone. The...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric (European spec)
Hyundai set to lead the charge on hybrid, plug-in, fuel cell, and electric vehicles

Hyundai plans to launch 13 more alternatively-fueled vehicles by 2022, bringing its total number of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell, and electric vehicles to 16. With the announcement on Thursday, the South Korean automaker is poised to lead all Asian automakers and compete with luxury...Read More»

Toyota's hybrid family
Toyota extends battery warranty on all new hybrid and electric vehicles

Toyota is the uncontested leader in hybrid vehicles and now it has the longest warranty to back up its hybrid know-how. On Thursday, Toyota announced it would extend its hybrid battery warranty from 8 years/100,000 miles to 10 years/150,000 miles on all 2020 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fuel-cell...Read More»

2020 Honda CR-V  and CR-V Hybrid
2020 Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4 usher in new era of hybrid crossovers

With the redesigned 2020 Ford Escape and refreshed 2020 Honda CR-V, two of the best-selling crossovers in America get new hybrid models to compete with the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. The cutthroat compact crossover segment, which accounts for nearly one quarter of all new passenger vehicles sold...Read More»

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid
New 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid crossover debuts with more efficient powertrain for popular utility

One of the most popular crossovers now has one of the most efficient powertrain options. Honda announced Wednesday its 2020 CR-V compact crossover would offer a hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive, making it the first hybrid crossover offered by the automaker in the U.S. and the first...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Malibu
Last wave: Chevrolet cancels Malibu Hybrid sedan for 2020

The most efficient sedan in Chevrolet's lineup won't return for 2020. The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid will be discontinued after the 2019 model year, Chevy spokesman Kevin Kelly confirmed to The Car Connection this week. The mid-size Malibu sedan will be offered with a 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter turbo-4...Read More»

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLE plug-in hybrids (Euro-spec shown)
Power play: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC350e plug-in hybrid crossover revealed

Electrified crossovers are luxury-car brass rings now. Not only do they have the size, shape, and tall ride height that many consumers ask for, but also they have the kind of efficiency that green buyers appreciate. (Eds note: And coveted HOV lane access stickers require.) The problem with many of...Read More»

2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid  -  First Drive  -  Portland OR, June 2019
2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid swings and misses at Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Last week, Ford confirmed the 2020 Explorer Hybrid netted an official 28 mpg combined rating with rear-wheel drive, 25 mpg combined in all-wheel drive, according to the EPA. While that’s impressive for a three-row crossover SUV, it trails the 34 mpg combined expected for the 2020 Toyota...Read More»

2020 Ford Escape, 2019 New York International Auto Show
New 2020 Ford Escape crossover costs $26,080 and keeps going from there

The redesigned 2020 Ford Escape crossover will cost at least $26,080, including mandatory destination charges, when it goes on sale later this fall, about $250 more than the outgoing model. The new Escape's price was first reported by Motor1. The 2020 Ford Escape SE is powered by a 1.5-liter...Read More»

2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid
Nissan Rogue Hybrid discontinued for 2020

The thriftier Nissan Rogue Hybrid will not return for the 2020 model year, The Car Connection confirmed this week. A Nissan spokesman confirmed the hybrid crossover's final model year will be 2019. The 2020 Rogue lineup that is on sale at dealers nationwide does not include the frugal-minded model;...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Green machine: 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid debuts with solar roof for better fuel economy

Following the reveal of the dramatic-looking 2020 Hyundai Sonata, the South Korean brand gave us our first look at the sedan's more frugal sibling. On Monday, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid bowed and features a solar roof to make the hybrid powertrain a smidge more efficient. The brand estimates...Read More»

2019 Honda Insight
2020 Honda Insight hybrid sedan gets $135 price bump, efficiency stays the same

The mighty frugal Honda Insight returns for the 2020 model year, though shoppers will be met with a $135 price hike. Honda said on Monday the hybrid sedan will cost $23,860 after a $930 destination charge. Aside from a new Platinum White Pearl exterior color available, no options or standard...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Ioniq [2020 Euro-spec model]
The Car Connection's Greenest Cars of 2019

Fuel efficiency is so last century. This year, we learned that energy efficiency is the new fuel efficiency, and not all electric cars are equal—even if they’re all zero emissions vehicles. Credit for that falls squarely on the Jaguar I-Pace’s broad shoulders because, although...Read More»

2019 Kia Niro
Frugal 2019 Kia Niro to cost $24,485

The 2019 Kia Niro is an affordable hybrid that will start at $24,485 including a $995 destination charge, Kia said last week. The base price reflects the cost of a Niro FE trim, which ticks the boxes for basic motoring. Inside the wagon-like crossover is a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay...Read More»

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e XLE
Toyota to make its electrification tech open-source

the maker of the original mass-market hybrid car is feeling generous. The Japanese automaker said Wednesday that it will share its electrification tech with rival automakers in a bid to reduce vehicle emissions. The automaker said it will offer about 24,000 patents it currently holds for other...Read More»

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