Buying Guides

  • 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro

    It includes electric pickups, sedans, fastbacks, and SUVs—most of them with premium prices, albeit with a few affordable exceptions.

  • 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5
    One of these 5 vehicles will be Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2022

    The Hyundai Ioniq 5, Lucid Air, Mercedes-Benz EQS, Rivian R1T, or Volkswagen ID.4 will win the Best Car To Buy distinction for 2022.

  • 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE  -  Driven  -  Portland OR, April 2020
    Tesla Model 3, Toyota hybrids get Consumer Reports' new Green Choice label

    With the Green Choice label, Consumer Reports is flagging the cleanest 20% of the market—and paying attention to tailpipe emissions for the first time.

  • 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S
    One of these 3 vehicles will be Green Car Reports’ Best Car To Buy 2020

    The Porsche Taycan, Kia Niro EV, and Audi E-Tron are new, noteworthy, and green—and one of them will be our Best Car To Buy for 2020.

  • Tesla Model Y
    Ford Mustang Mach-E vs. Tesla Model Y: How the electric cars compare

    The Tesla Model Y and Ford Mach-E are both fully electric SUVs sized like some of the market's most popular vehicles, and they promise to pack in a lot more excitement.

  • Chevy Bolt EV vs. Nissan Leaf Plus
    2019 Nissan Leaf Plus vs. 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV: Which electric car is best?

    We’re a long way from peak electric car, but we’ve finally left base camp. Big strides in battery capacity mean that picking between the 238-mile 2019 Chevy Bolt EV and the recently boosted 226-mile 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus comes down to a dozen miles of range. After a week behind the...

  • 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

    Market adjustments are nothing new, and electric cars are hardly immune to price bumps—up or down. Last month, the 258-mile 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric crossover quietly became $500 dearer to interested EV shoppers without any equipment changes. The automaker hiked the starting price for a 2019 Kona Electric SEL to $37,995, up from $37,495, including $1,045 mandatory destination charges. The increase was effective March 27, according to documents from the automaker, however the Hyundai consumer site doesn't yet reflect the new starting price. Our colleagues at CarsDirect reported on...

  • Tesla Model Y
    2020 Tesla Model Y: Latest price, range, specs for new crossover SUV

    The 2020 Tesla Model Y borrows some of the same underpinnings of the Model 3 sedan, and marries it to what so many American families today want: a crossover utility vehicle shape. As such, the Model Y has the potential to amount to an even greater sales success than the Model 3. The California...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf
    226-mile 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus costs $37,445 to start

    When it arrives in dealers this month, the longer-range 2019 Nissan Leaf S Plus will cost $37,445, including destination, the automaker said Friday. That's in line with what we expected from documents leaked earlier this year, and drives the net price of the compact hatchback close to $30,000, if...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3
    Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2019: Tesla Model 3

    The Tesla Model 3 is Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2019. It’s the second time a Tesla product has won our annual award, which was captured by the Tesla Model S in 2013. Many have called the Model 3 Tesla’s “iPhone moment.” But that was the Model S—the shock to an...

  • Frame from 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid "Beyond the Battery" ad
    The 2018 Honda Clarity real-world review: enough to challenge the Chevrolet Volt?

    I’ve owned two Chevrolet Volts, an early 2011 model and, currently, a second-generation 2017 version. I have loved them both. They’re sleek, sprightly, and have enough electric range to cover most driving. For longer trips, the gas engine kicks in when the charge runs out. The Volt, to...

  • 2019 Hyundai Ioniq
    2019 Hyundai Ioniq preview

    The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq returns this year as an inexpensive alternative for green car shoppers on a budget. Its lineup has fully matured now; the Ioniq is available as an affordable hybrid, a slightly more expensive plug-in hybrid, or a fully electric model available in limited areas. We say: green...

  • 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid

    Another month, another round of deals for hybrid, electric, and fuel-efficient cars. This month, many cars hold their spots as solid deals, but the offers have become slightly more generous for a few. The deals on diesel-powered vehicles have also been shaken up. So, without further ado, the best deals for the month of October are below. DON'T MISS: Costco members now get GM Supplier Pricing on Chevy Bolt EV, Volt As always, head to Cars Direct for more car-buying insight. Hybrids October's deals show the Ford C-Max as a continued bargain for those in the market for a hybrid vehicle. The deal...

  • Siemens Versicharge VC30GRYU
    Electric-car charging stations rated: what's best, what's cheapest, what to avoid?

    There is a lot to consider when it comes to purchasing an electric-car charging station, as it can affect the ownership experience and the convenience of using the car. While some owners of plug-in hybrids may stick with the 120-volt charging cord that comes with the car, virtually all buyers of...

  • 2017 Ford C-Max
    Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for June 2017

    Now that we're into a new month, it's time to check out the best deals on green cars—this time for the month of June. As always, Cars Direct has compiled its monthly list of the most budget friendly options for buyers looking to go green. It should be noted there's now a separate category for...

  • 2017 Ford C-Max
    Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for May 2017

    It's time to take a look at the best deals on hybrid, electric, and fuel-efficient cars for the month of May, and as new-vehicle sales slow, there are plenty of deals to be had. As always, Cars Direct has compiled the best deals for the month, using deals available in Southern California unless...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Volt
    Plug-in hybrid price guide: every 2017 model, with specs

    The number of plug-in hybrid cars has expanded greatly over the past few years. If you've had trouble keeping track of all of these new plug-in cars, fear not. A couple of weeks ago, we gathered the relevant data for every battery-electric car on sale today, and presented it to you in one place...

  • 2017 Nissan Leaf
    Electric Car Price Guide: every 2017 all-electric car, with specs (updated)

    It's a hot topic whenever anyone mentions electric cars: pricing. Many electric cars are more expensive than their regular counterparts, though in general they cost far less to run on a per-mile basis. But what do today's electric and plug-in cars actually cost? We've gathered the relevant data for...

  • Size comparison of electric-car charging stations (EVSEs) on sale today, March 2016

    Electric cars all come with a 120-volt charging cable that can charge the battery from a household socket if there are no other options. But sooner or later, most battery-electric car owners will want a 240-volt Level 2 charging station that can recharge the car as much as four times faster. Owners of plug-in hybrids with ranges below 30 miles may find the standard charging cable fine, but as plug-in ranges rise, they too may decide a charging station will increase their all-electric driving. While 240-volt charging stations aren't complicated, there are many different options on the market...

  • 2016 Nissan Leaf
    How much does electric-car range cost per mile?

    When it comes to electric cars, range is a commodity. But how much are buyers paying to increase the amount of driving they can do between charges? We looked at every electric car currently on sale, as well as the upcoming 200-mile 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV and Tesla Model 3, and some of the...

  • 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage
    Highest Gas Mileage For The Least Money: We Rate 10 Top Cars

    Here's how to get the cheapest gas mileage.

  • 2016 Nissan Leaf SL and 2016 Toyota Prius Three, Hudson Valley, NY, Dec 2015
    Green Car Reports Year In Reverse: 2015's Five Biggest Stories

    At the end of every year, we look back to see which Green Car Reports stories proved most popular over the last 365 days. While we often focus on breaking news, certain stories--often guides and lists--get regular traffic for months and even years. Only one of our top five stories this year was...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt  -  Driven, December 2012
    Should I Buy A Used Chevy Volt Electric Car?

    The Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car scores higher on owner satisfaction than any other vehicle GM has sold since it began surveying its buyers. It has attracted new buyers who'd never otherwise haveconsidered a Chevy. And GM data reveals that 80 percent of all Volt trips, and two-third...

  • chrysler aspen dodge durango hybrids 002
    Ten Used Hybrid Cars To Consider Steering Clear Of: UPDATED

    Some used cars are better bets than others. And just as new hybrid cars vary in efficiency, driving quality, and sales volume, some used hybrids may be a more conservative bet than others. A used Toyota Prius is by far the most familiar and most numerous hybrid, with more than 7 million sold...

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