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Latest Toyota Prius C Dubbed IIHS Top Safety Pick After Updates

Latest Toyota Prius C Dubbed IIHS Top Safety Pick After Updates

The 2015 Toyota Prius C hybrid subcompact has now become a "IIHS Top Safety Pick" among new cars, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The crash-test ratings of the smallest Toyota hybrid improved after updates were made during the 2015 model year. These changes allowed the... read more

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2015 Ford F-150

Aluminum-Body 2015 Ford F-150 Gets 5-Star NHTSA Rating For Crash Safety

Cutting weight can be one of the most effective tactics to increase fuel economy, but it doesn't necessarily come cheap. The 2015 Ford F-150 pickup, with its aluminum body... read more April 16, 2015 by 


 
2015 Kia Soul EV First Drive  -  Portland  -  November 2014

2015 Kia Soul EV Electric Car Recalled For Fragile Accelerator Pedal

Another recall for a low-volume electric car: 2015 Kia Soul EV tall wagons--as well as a much higher number of 2014 and 2015 Soul gasoline models--are being recalled to... read more March 16, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Model S in Albuquerque's 'snowstorm' during NY-to-California road trip  [photo: David Noland]

Tesla Model S Double-Pedal Behavior Still Inconsistent: A Safety Plea To Elon Musk

Last summer, I wrote an article patting Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk on the back for being so responsive to Model S electric-car owners. Of whom I am one. But in 2015? Not so... read more March 16, 2015 by 


 
2013 Chevrolet Volt

2011-2013 Chevrolet Volt Recall Limits Idle Time To Avert Carbon Monoxide Danger

A recall has been issued for about 64,000 Chevrolet Volt extended range electric cars from model years 2011, 2012, and 2013, due to the potential for hazardous... read more March 13, 2015 by 


 
2015 Chevrolet Trax

2015 Chevrolet Trax, Buick Encore Small SUVs Get IIHS Top Safety Pick Label

General Motors' pair of small crossover utility vehicles has both managed to achieve impressive new safety ratings. The mechanically-identical 2015 Chevrolet Trax and 2015... read more February 12, 2015 by 


 
2015 Honda Fit EX-L Navi, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2014

2015 Honda Fit Gets Highest Safety Rating From NHTSA

It's sometimes assumed that small cars are less safe than larger vehicles, but the 2015 Honda Fit proves that a small footprint and good safety ratings aren't mutually... read more February 4, 2015 by 


 
Lotus Safe & Sound noisemaker

Pedestrian-Alert Noises For Electric, Hybrid Cars Delayed By NHTSA, Again

Part of the appeal of hybrid and electric cars is their quiet operation, but regulators fear this also poses a danger to pedestrians. That's led to several attempts to equip... read more February 2, 2015 by 


 
2015 Toyota Prius V

2014-2015 Toyota Prius V Wagon Recalled For Airbag Sensor Issue

Toyota is recalling certain 2014 and 2015 Prius V hybrid wagons to fix an improperly-calibrated airbag occupant classification system (OCS). The OCS determines whether the... read more January 27, 2015 by 


 
2015 Mitsubishi Mirage

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Minicar Scores Well On Federal Crash Tests

The size and performance of the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage may recall 1980s economy cars, but in one area, the new minicar is a clear improvement. The Mirage, introduced last... read more January 3, 2015 by 


 
Smog in Hong Kong [Image by Flickr user inkelv1122]

Do Auto Emissions Kill As Many People As Car Crashes?

Carbon-dioxide emissions have documented negative effects at a planetary level--but could the other gases coming out of vehicle tailpipes be as hazardous to overall public... read more November 13, 2014 by 


 
2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Sport

2014 Infiniti Q50, Q70 Hybrids Recalled Over Transmission Housing Issue

Infiniti is recalling a few hundred 2014 model-year Q50 and Q70 hybrid sedans to fix an issue with their transmissions. The recall includes just 817 cars, all of which are... read more November 5, 2014 by 


 
2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

2012-2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Recall: Brake Pump Corrosion

A recall has been issued for certain 2012 through 2014 model-year Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars to address an issue with the brake-vacuum pump. Problems with the pumps... read more October 15, 2014 by 


 
2014 Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S Adds 'Speed Assist,' Lane-Departure Warning

Unlike other carmakers, Tesla Motors doesn't introduce updates at model-year intervals. Instead, it adds new features into production cars as soon as they're ready, meaning... read more October 4, 2014 by 


 
2014 Chevrolet Express 2500 Cargo Van

Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana Natural-Gas Vans Recall: Leak Poses Fire Risk

General Motors will recall 2001 through 2014 model-year Chevrolet Express CNG and GMC Savana CNG natural-gas vans due to a fire risk. The recall will address faulty... read more September 19, 2014 by 


 
'Revenge of the Electric Car' premiere: Elon Musk arrives in a Tesla Roadster

Tesla CEO Elon Musk's Personal Touch: Secret To His Success?

How does a car-company CEO get to be a rock star? It helps, of course, if your company makes a five-passenger luxury sedan that outdrags a Porsche 911, uses half the energy... read more August 25, 2014 by 


 

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