Buying Guides

  • 2015 Zero electric motorcycle

    The 2015 model year follows a big 2014 for the electric motorcycle industry. Zero made significant upgrades to its entire lineup, the Harley-Davidson Livewire concept was unveiled and toured around the country, and Brammo updated its flagship Empulse. Some of the higher-end bikes--among them the Energica Ego, Lightning LS 218, Lito Sora, and Agility Saietta--have been seen at test drives and a few are even in owners' hands now. DON'T MISS: 2015 Zero Electric Motorcycles Get More Range, ABS, Tire & Suspension Upgrades [EDITOR'S NOTE: This article, published in October 2014, has been...

  • 2015 Nissan Leaf
    Electric Cars: Defining Battery-Electrics, Plug-In Hybrids, Range-Extended & More

    With an ever-growing landscape of plug-in electric vehicles, there is now more potential than ever for confusion among potential buyers. To the casual observer, the umbrella term “electric car” can mean anything from an all-electric vehicle to even a hybrid. For drivers of fully...

  • '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...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE
    2015 Volkswagen Golf: Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2015

    Our Best Car To Buy award can go one of several ways here on Green Car Reports. Sometimes it goes to a moonshot car, like the first Nissan Leaf (in 2011) or the Tesla Model S (in 2013). Those are cars that radically redefined what green transportation could be, changing the auto industry forever...

  • 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Vs. 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI
    Which Car Did Readers Say Should Win The Best Car To Buy 2015 Award?

    Tomorrow morning, we'll be revealing the winner of our Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2015 award. But as we wrote about each nominee over the last week, we also polled our readers to find out which of the five contenders they felt was most deserving of the award. DON'T MISS: Green Car Reports'...

  • 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Vs. 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI

    The fifth and final of our five nominees for Green Car Reports' 2015 Best Car To Buy award is the new 2015 Volkswagen Golf range. It's a completely new, top-to-bottom makeover of the classic compact five-door hathback, now in its seventh generation since launching in 1974. DON'T MISS: Green Car Reports' 2015 Best Car To Buy: The Nominees (Video) The lineup sold in the U.S. includes a pair of turbocharged gasoline engines, an all-new TDI diesel engine with more power and higher fuel-economy ratings. The 2015 Volkswagen Golf range also includes the e-Golf, the first plug-in electric car VW has...

  • 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
    Hybrid Cars Can Cost Less To Own: Here Are Eight Examples

    New data shows that only certain hybrid cars save owners money.

  • 2015 Kia Soul EV launch at 2014 Chicago Auto Show
    2015 Kia Soul EV: Best Car To Buy 2015 Nominee

    The fourth of our five nominees for Green Car Reports' 2015 Best Car To Buy award is the new 2015 Kia Soul EV. It's the Korean maker's first-ever electric car sold in the U.S., and an adaptation of the popular compact "tall wagon" that was entirely redesigned for the 2014 model year. DON'T MISS...

  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco, Malibu, California, Oct 2014
    2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco: Best Car To Buy 2015 Nominee

    The third of our five nominees for Green Car Reports' 2015 Best Car To Buy award is the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco, the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid version of the Korean maker's mid-size sedan. This new-for-2015 version of the Sonata is the sole model to use a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, in...

  • 2015 Honda Fit, test drive around Ann Arbor, Michigan, Apr 2014
    2015 Honda Fit: Best Car To Buy 2015 Nominee

    The second of our five nominees for Green Car Reports' 2015 Best Car To Buy award is the new 2015 Honda Fit, the well-regarded subcompact five-door hatchback. It's the third generation of the car sold in North America, and it's got a new powertrain, dubbed with Honda's EarthDreams label, that...

  • 2015 Audi A3 Sedan  -  First Drive, March 2014
    2015 Audi A3 TDI Diesel: Best Car To Buy 2015 Nominee

    The first of our five nominees for Green Car Reports' 2015 Best Car To Buy award is the new 2015 Audi A3 TDI, the diesel version of Audi's new compact luxury sedan. All-new this year, as are most of its competitors, the TDI diesel version will be the highest-efficiency A3 model until the e-tron...

  • Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2015 award

    New-car ratings, driving impressions, and a lot of lengthy discussions go into picking our Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy award winner each year. We explained our process yesterday, along with all of our nominees for the 2015 award, but this year we thought we'd add a new element. DON'T MISS: Green Car Reports' 2015 Best Car To Buy: The Nominees (Video) While the full set of High Gear Media editors collectively decide on which cars win the annual Best Car To Buy award on each of our three sites--The Car Connection and Motor Authority are the other two--we wanted to see what readers thought...

  • Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2015 award
    Green Car Reports' 2015 Best Car To Buy: The Nominees (Video)

    It's time once more for our annual Best Car To Buy award. It's the fifth time we've chosen the one car or lineup, newly introduced for this model year, that represents the best new green car to enter the market. To qualify, a car must be all-new or substantially updated from the previous model...

  • 2014 Toyota Prius V
    2014 Toyota Prius V: Hybrid Wagon Ultimate Guide

    The Prius name has been around since the very first Prius sedan back in 1999, but for quite a while Toyota's flagship hybrid was a single-model range. The Prius C subcompact and Prius V changed that, and we've put together a guide on the latter to help you make the right decision when choosing your...

  • 2012 Lexus RX 450h
    Every 2014 And 2015 Hybrid Car In The U.S.: Ultimate Guide

    Turn back the clock by one decade, and there were just four hybrid cars on sale in the U.S. One was the first-generation Toyota Prius. The original Honda Insight was still going strong as the most efficient vehicle on sale (and only plug-in cars still better it today). Honda also offered the Civic...

  • 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
    Mitsubishi i-MiEV Electric Car: Ultimate Guide, What You Need To Know

    The Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car has been around in one form or another for several years now, so there's a lot of information to keep track of. Once simply known as the Mitsubishi 'i', the tiny egg-shaped electric car, with four doors and four seats, has been on sale for several years now U.S...

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
    Ford Hybrid Cars: Fusion, C-Max, Escape And More, Ultimate Guide

    Ten years ago, your choice of hybrid vehicles was pretty limited. A lot has changed in those ten years, and the rise of Ford as a real force in the hybrid markets is one of the biggest changes. 2004 saw the launch of its very first hybrid, the 2005 Escape Hybrid, and the maker's cars have gone from...

  • 2012, 2013, and 2014 Toyota Prius

    Toyota's Prius hybrid has undoubtedly done more to raise awareness of green vehicles and improving fuel efficiency than any other single model on sale today. First launched in the U.S. in 1999 and styled by a design team in California, the Prius name has since been applied to two further generations and by May 2008, over a million had been sold. Click here for a full review of the 2014 Toyota Prius. There's a wealth of information out there on it and our Ultimate Guide to the model should help you decide on whether it's the car for you. For information on the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid...

  • 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage ES  -  Driven, April 2014
    Cheapest MPG You Can Buy: What Cars Give Lowest-Cost Mileage?

    There are some pretty efficient cars on sale these days, but it's fair to say that to benefit from the technology, you often have to spend a little more to start with. What if you want to spend as little as possible on fuel, but spend as little as possible on the car itself too? That's where...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel
    2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel: Ultimate Guide

    Joining the Chevrolet Cruze Eco in the carmaker's greener, less consumptive vehicle lineup, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel has been one of Chevy's most eagerly-awaited models. The car has featured several times before on Green Car Reports, so below you can find all our previous coverage on the...

  • 2014 Audi Q5 TDI, Catskill Mountains, Oct 2013
    New Diesel SUVs & Crossovers: Jeep, Audi, Mercedes, VW Fuel Economy Tested: UPDATED

    You read a lot about hybrids and electric cars these days, but fuel-efficient diesel engines will be coming in certain classes of cars this year and in the future. The most recent crop of diesel launches has been in the crossover utility vehicle class, of which we've now driven three different...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric, New York City, April 2012
    Ford Focus Electric: Ultimate Guide To What You Need To Know

    The 2014 Ford Focus Electric is already available in select parts of the U.S. -- and to answer all your questions about Ford’s first mass-produced all-electric car here’s our ultimate guide to the Ford Focus Electric. For our guide, we’ve hand-picked the best information about the...

  • 2014 Honda Civic
    Honda Civic, Hybrid & Natural Gas: Ultimate Guide

    The Honda Civic originally made its name in the 1970s, arriving at the perfect time to attract tens of thousands of customers scared out of larger, thirstier vehicles by the oil crisis. Four decades down the line and the Civic still has a reputation as a gas sipper, though the modern car is...

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