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Hybrid Car Rankings for 2014 Surprise Experts


At least a dozen official and unofficial organizations have developed lists of the best hybrid vehicles for 2014, some reviewers focusing on value, others on price, and still others on overall environmental credentials. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the many lists is the fact that at least a dozen hybrid vehicles are included in [...]

Prius News: ‘Special Edition’ and Wireless Charging


Toyota announced this week that the company would offer a new version of the very popular Prius hybrid in 2015. Officially called Prius Persona Series Special Edition, the sleek Prius has an upgraded exterior and additional equipment. Expected to land in U.S. showrooms this September, it carries a starting sticker price of $27,810. Elegant touches [...]

Toyota Hydrogen Car: ‘Next Generation of Green’


Toyota has officially announced availability dates and pricing for its hydrogen fuel-cell car, a sedan that boasts a travel range of 435 miles per tank. The concept version of the car made its global debut at the Tokyo Motor Show last year. Local consumers in Japan will get the first chance to purchase the hydrogen-powered, [...]

Prius Tops ‘Safe Cars for Teens’ List


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released their picks for safe cars for teen drivers. Topping the rankings among mid-size cars that cost less than $20,000 was the Toyota Prius v, specifically for model years 2012 and later. Each year, the IIHS tests hundreds of cars and trucks to determine the best safety buys for [...]

Toyota Considering AWD Prius


Toyota officials have revealed that they plan to offer both lithium and nickel-metal-hydride batteries on future models, as well as all-wheel-drive capability for the world’s best-selling hybrid car. Those options would possibly be available by late 2015 or early 2016, according to reports. Apparently, the lithium battery version of Prius would cost more but allow [...]

Avg. MPG Hits Record High


Fresh data from the Univ. of Michigan Research Institute (UMRI) reveals that the average fuel economy rating for new cars in the U.S. has risen to 25.6 mpg as of May 2014. With gasoline prices expected to stay in the $3.50 to $3.70 bracket at least until September, consumer demand for high-mpg vehicles should continue [...]

Calif. Emissions Down, Thanks to EV & Hybrid Cars


Fresh data from Next 10, a non-profit that studies auto emissions and energy consumption, shows a direct connection between increased hybrid car sales and lower pollutants in California. In fact, the state’s overall auto registrations went up by just 1.5 percent between 2011 and 2012, whereas hybrid and EV registrations increased by a whopping 16 [...]

Best Used Hybrids: The ‘Official’ List


Shopping for a used hybrid vehicle has gotten much easier in the last couple of years, but choices are diverse and can at times be confusing. So, for those in the market, consider what the experts pick. In no particular order, nearly every major listing of ‘best used hybrids’ contains the following vehicles: Chevy Volt, [...]

Car Sales Wars: Accord vs. Prius


The California New Car Dealers Association has revealed the unexpected news that Honda’s Accord was the bestselling car in the state for the first quarter. This is the first time any car other than the Toyota Prius has held the top spot for the past two years. For quarterly sales, Honda barely edged out its [...]

What Green Fuel Does Wall Street Love?


Several financial media sources this week noted that one energy sector in particular is outperforming others by significant margins. Fuel cell company stocks have witnessed a 138 percent rise in 2014 after years of low growth and flat investment. One reason for the surge seems to be the possibility of fuel-cell vehicle development between now [...]

The Car Safety Features Everyone Wants


The last round of international auto shows featured a fresh batch of vehicle safety mechanisms, several of which are already becoming staples of modern car design. Gizmos like blind-spot monitors (BSM), lane departure warning (LDW) systems, and forward collision warning (FCW) are popping up on major carmakers’ new models. A few have been in place [...]

KBB Reveals ‘Top Green Cars’ for 2014


Kelley Blue Book has announced its listing of the top ten green cars for 2014. Electric, hybrid, natural gas, and extended-range EV cars are all represented on the roster, with the top three spots occupied by BMW’s i3, the Nissan Leaf, and Toyota’s Prius. Rounding out the tally: The Honda Accord hybrid came in at [...]

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