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Best Car to Buy 2014

  • 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Nov 2013

    For 2014, our fourth annual Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy award goes to the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid. This new model of the redesigned Honda Accord sedan introduced last year is comfortable, quiet, stylish--and delivers real-world fuel economy from 40 mpg to as much as 52 mpg. And that's Toyota Prius liftback territory, in a mid-size sedan that's neither as polarizing nor limited to the underwhelming performance of Toyota's quintessential hybrid. Alert readers noticed we didn't post a nominee description of the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid; that's because we've spent the last week driving...

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    Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy: Winner To Be Named Tomorrow

    We've driven the cars. We've discussed their pros, their cons, the overall technology trends, and the many unanswered questions about the future of green cars. Now we've chosen a winner. This being a teaser post, we're not going to tell you what it is yet. That has to wait a day. But to refresh...

  • 2014 Mazda Mazda3
    Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2014 Mazda 3

    Even conventional gasoline cars--no plugs, no hybrids, no turbos--can be green. And we've long been looking forward to the debut of the 2014 Mazda 3, an all-new generation of the compact hatchback and sedan that have always been among the more rewarding cars to drive in the segment. With Mazda's...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV  -  First Drive, Portland, July 2013
    Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

    What do you call an all-electric minicar that has elements of the Chevy Volt, can spin its drive wheels if you have a heavy foot--and still ranks as the most efficient plug-in car sold in the U.S. this year? We'd call it the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV. And it's one of our five nominees for Green Car...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, test drive in Hell, Michigan
    Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel

    The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is a somewhat daring car, and one that diesel fans have been urging a U.S. maker to sell for years, if not decades. It's the first diesel-engined passenger vehicle sold by General Motors since 1986, and it's a fully modern car with the latest in emissions control...

  • 2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013
    Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2014 BMW i3

    The 2014 BMW i3 is the most audacious expansion of a well-known car brand in many years. BMW--the maker of "ultimate driving machines"--is using electric propulsion, a carbon-fiber reinforced body, and a Scandinavian Modern interior not in an expensive luxury sedan, but in a subcompact hatchback...

  • 2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013

    Yesterday we listed the nominees for Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2014 award: two battery-electric vehicles, one hybrid, one diesel, and one very fuel-efficient gasoline car. But what do our nominees say about the state of green-car design this year? Overall, they highlight four trends to keep in mind as you shop for your next car. (1) Electric cars are getting more efficient. The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV has the highest EPA combined efficiency rating of any plug-in electric car sold in the U.S. today: 119 MPGe, or miles-per-gallon-equivalent. (MPGe is a rating that looks at how far an...

  • Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2014 award
    Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2014: The Nominees

    We're heading into the last two months of the year, which means it's time for our annual Best Car To Buy award. This is our award that picks one vehicle--or a line of vehicles--that we consider to be the greenest new vehicle(s) launched for the new model year. (That means they have to be all-new or...

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