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Nissan Leaf electric vs Toyota Prius hybrid: which is lower on cost, emissions?

Nissan Leaf electric vs Toyota Prius hybrid: which is lower on cost, emissions?

Sometimes, when tucking in for the evening, you can't help but wonder: did I really make the right choice? Could I have done better? Even now, could I still do better? This is the question I ask myself, each evening, when I park my 2015 Nissan Leaf in the garage next to my wife’s 2006 Toyota... read more

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition

Diesel Vehicles Pay Back In 3-5 Years, Study Finds, Due To Lower Depreciation

Diesel cars and trucks may be more expensive to buy, and the fuel generally costs more per gallon, but owners may still be able to amortize those costs over a fairly short... read more July 10, 2015 by


 
2005 Toyota Prius

Hybrid Car Repairs Getting Cheaper, But Not For Regular Cars

While hybrid cars have been on U.S. roads in large numbers for over a decade, their reliability and repair costs may still spook some potential buyers. The innards of a... read more April 22, 2015 by


 
Tesla Model S 85D, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

How To Drive A Tesla Model S Electric Car Free For 18 Months

The low cost of electricity compared to gasoline or diesel means driving an electric car typically comes with significant savings per mile, even if not necessarily in... read more March 24, 2015 by


 
Priscilla Briggs with her new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, Boston, May 2014

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Six-Month Update: Great MPG, Great Fun

It happens so quickly: They learn to crawl, and then walk, and before you know it, you're helping them do their first oil change in their first new car. A little more than... read more March 3, 2015 by


 
2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec

Are Diesels Cheaper To Own Than Gas Cars? Varies By Model, Study Says

People buy green cars for many reasons: to save money and/or to save the planet. But fuel savings don't automatically translate into cash savings. Diesel vehicles typically... read more December 16, 2014 by


 
2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Hybrid Cars Can Cost Less To Own: Here Are Eight Examples

Hybrids and other green cars often come with a higher purchase price, meaning their improved efficiency may be offset by a higher cost of ownership. But that's not always the... read more November 4, 2014 by


 
Nissan Leaf at eVgo Freedom Station Daly City, California

Electric Cars Bought By Fleets: Cost Still An Impediment

You may not have thought much about it, but fleet managers could play a huge role in electric-car adoption. They're the people whose job it is to buy and manage the huge... read more August 11, 2014 by


 
Priscilla Briggs with her new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, Boston, May 2014

Why One Young Woman Bought A 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage: Frugal Shopping

Many people approach car shopping in the U.S. looking for the largest, most luxurious vehicle they can afford, from the best brand possible. Still, at least a handful of... read more June 3, 2014 by


 
Gas pump

Five MORE Big Myths About Green Cars And Gas Mileage, Debunked

Yep, Big Oil is definitely scheming and plotting to destroy the electric car. Everyone knows that. Right? [sigh] Time for more mythbusting, it seems. The surprising success... read more January 31, 2014 by


 
Automatic Link device connects to cars' OBD-II ports to gather data for an iPhone app

What Can I Save Driving An Electric Car? Apps Can Help, Soon

Last month, Apple Stores in the United States began stocking the Automatic Link. And it might just point the way toward how to convince more car buyers that a plug-in... read more November 27, 2013 by


 
2013 Lexus CT 200h

Hybrid Payback Depends On The Model, New Study Shows

We all know that hybrid vehicles typically offer greater fuel economy than their regular gasoline counterparts. But when considered over a typical ownership period, are they... read more October 22, 2013 by


 
Gas gauge

Five Things To Know About Gas Mileage That Will Save You Money

Gas mileage has gotten far more important in new-car choices over the last 10 years, and that's not likely to change. But not everyone really understands automobile... read more October 7, 2013 by


 
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012

U.S. Gas Prices Falling; Does It Matter For Green Cars?

Gasoline prices rise. Gasoline prices fall. And every time there's significant movement, it's a news story. Last week, for instance, CNBC (via The Car Connection) reported... read more August 14, 2013 by 13


 
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

New Gas Mileage Rules Will Reshape What Americans Drive: Hybrids, Electrics, Cost

Hybrids and plug-in electric cars probably get more press than they deserve, given how small their numbers are in the vehicle fleet. The U.S. has roughly 250 million vehicles... read more June 19, 2013 by 7


 
2013 Toyota Prius liftback

Car Repair Costs Rising--Apart From Hybrids, Which Get Cheaper

There was a time when the average vehicle could be expected to go wrong on a fairly regular basis. That's not the case these days, and in general cars are more reliable than... read more April 9, 2013 by 12


 

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