Buying Guides

  • Chevy Bolt EV vs. Nissan Leaf Plus

    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 wheel of both electric cars, I’m not sure there are a dozen reasons to buy the Chevy over the Nissan. When it went on sale last year, the Leaf impressed us with its refinement, but its subpar 151-mile range made it hard to rationalize over the Bolt EV. The Leaf Plus arrived earlier this year with...

  • 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric
    2019 Hyundai Kona Electric costs $500 more than it did last month

    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...

  • 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

    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, greener, or greenest—no bad pick. The most notable change for the Ioniq this year is the addition of standard automatic emergency braking on the Hybrid SEL, the bread-and-butter trim level that likely starts at just more than $25,000 (Hyundai hasn't yet announced pricing for the 2019 models)...

  • 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid
    Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for October 2017

    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...

  • 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

    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 each battery-electric car on sale today, and presented it to you in one place. Every vehicle here shows the manufacturer's suggested retail price, plus any mandatory destination and handling fees. The prices do not include any local or federal tax incentives or rebates—so many cars here may...

  • Size comparison of electric-car charging stations (EVSEs) on sale today, March 2016
    How to buy an electric-car charging station: buyer's guide to EVSEs

    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...

  • 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

    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 globally over the last 18 years. DON'T MISS: 2016 Toyota Prius 'Coming Soon': 55-MPG Hybrid To Be Sportier But there are also a growing number of orphan hybrids showing up on used-car lots. And just because it says "Hybrid" on the badge doesn't mean that it will get particularly good gas mileage or be...

  • 2015 Nissan Leaf
    Nissan Leaf Electric Car: Ultimate Guide, What You Need To Know

    Back in December 2010, an unassuming compact hatchback hit the Japanese and American markets. A new small Nissan isn't normally the cause for fanfares and celebration, but the Leaf is one of the most significant cars of recent years--as it's a competitive, usable electric car. Whether you love or...

  • 2015 Toyota Prius C
    Toyota Prius C: Hybrid Subcompact Ultimate Guide (UPDATED)

    There was a time when hybrid vehicles were expensive to buy, and the choice of vehicle type was limited. The 2015 Toyota Prius C is evidence that the options have expanded. With a starting price of $20,635 (including a mandatory $825 delivery charge), Toyota's hybrid subcompact is relatively...

  • Nissan LEAF
    Used Electric Cars: About To Get Big, What You Need To Know

    Think electric-car ownership is priced out of your league? It’s simply not. Even if leasing isn’t for you, or you don’t have the stellar credit required to get some of those deals, prices are plummeting on used electric vehicles—and that makes it a buyers’ market...

  • 'Diesel fuel only' caution on Audi Q7 TDI
    Diesel Car Guide: Every 2015-2016 Car & Light Truck, With Specs: UPDATED

    Green Car Reports' guide to every diesel car and truck on sale.

  • 2014 BMW i3
    BMW i3 Electric Car: Ultimate Guide

    Ever since we got wind of BMW's 'Megacity' electric vehicle, it's been one of the most anticipated electric cars around. Now, it's simply another electric car available to U.S. buyers--though that hasn't diminished the impact of the i3's concept-car styling, innovative interior and strong...

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