Buying Guides

  • 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, March 2014

    So you want a hybrid car, with its high gas mileage and maybe some all-electric running--but you also need all-wheel drive. What are your options? The question came to mind after testing the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, the small Japanese brand's first-ever hybrid, which comes standard with all-wheel drive just like every other sedan and utility vehicle in its lineup. MORE: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid: Gas Mileage Review One of the most popular AWD hybrids is no longer made. The Ford Escape Hybrid, sold from 2005 through 2012, offered AWD as an option, and roughly half of the 126,000...

  • 2013 Honda CR-Z hybrid coupe [UK specification]
    2014 Honda Hybrid Cars: Ultimate Guide

    Japanese automaker Honda has been in the hybrid game from the very start, releasing the quirky, two-seat Insight back in 1999. Since then, the company has sold a variety of other hybrid models, and currently offers four to U.S. consumers. We've compiled reviews and articles for each Honda hybrid to...

  • 2001 Honda Insight
    Buying A Used 2000-2006 Honda Insight Hybrid: The Guide

    If you've been reading Green Car Reports over the past week, you might have seen we recently bought a 2001 Honda Insight--an example of one of the first hybrids sold by a major automaker. But what if you want to buy your own early Insight? What do you need to look out for? And more importantly...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012
    Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid: Ultimate Guide, What You Need To Know

    Where are you hedging your bets when it comes to the future of automobile propulsion? Maybe you're sticking with hybrids. Maybe you've already gone all the way to an electric car, or are rolling around in a range-extended Chevrolet Volt. For some, the latest version of the Toyota Prius with plug-in...

  • 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
    Diesel Pickup Trucks From Chevy, Ford, Nissan, Ram: Ultimate Guide

    Diesel has been an option for heavy-duty pickup users for quite some time now, and the sights and sounds of a big Power Stroke-equipped Ford or Cummins-engined RAM will be quite familiar to most. It's taken longer for the fuel to find acceptance in the light-duty, full-size pickup market, but...

  • 2009 Toyota Prius
    Buying A Used Toyota Prius Hybrid: 5 Quick Pieces Of Advice

    The Toyota Prius is by far the most common hybrid car on U.S. roads, which means there are a lot of them out there for sale as used cars. A reader wrote to ask what she should keep in mind when starting to shop for a used Toyota Prius hybrid. What follows are some quick notes from our editors...

  • 2015 Lexus RC 350

    As part of the Toyota empire, Lexus was one of the first carmakers to realize the potential of hybrids, and the company now has a wide range of hybrids, competing in several market classes. So successful has Lexus's hybrid range been, that the company has now sold over half a million--and with new models on the horizon, their popularity is only set to continue. We've written about all of these vehicles here on Green Car Reports, so we've compiled information on each vehicle for a handy guide to the Lexus hybrid range. Click on the make and model to go to our full review of each car (where...

  • 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Nov 2013
    Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

    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...

  • Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2014 award
    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

    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 city car that it intends to build and sell in volume. And that's daring. That the resulting car is seductively soothing to drive even in grim stop-and-go urban traffic is a surprise. MORE: 2014 BMW i3: First Drive of BMW's Radical New Electric Car That the i3's handling is only average may be a bigger...

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

    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...

  • 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...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, test drive in Hell, Michigan
    The New Diesel Cars For 2014

    With an increasing number of diesel passenger cars appearing in showrooms, car buyers have more options for fuel-efficient driving than they did only a few years ago. After a brief hiatus several years ago, when new and tougher emissions standards came into effect for diesel vehicles, the number...

  • 2013 Toyota Prius
    Toyota Prius Vs. Ford C-Max Hybrid: Pros And Cons

    For several years, Toyota had the hybrid market pretty much sewn up with its Prius. Okay, so it never reached the heady economy highs of the original Honda Insight, but it was far more practical and electric running made it the hybrid of choice in city driving. That's until the Ford C-Max Hybrid...

  • 2001 Toyota Prius Sedan
    Is The 2001-2003 Toyota Prius A Good Used Car Buy?

    It was small, unassuming, almost a shrinking violet, really. The first-generation Toyota Prius hybrid -- launched in the U.S. in 2001 -- was the first five-seat family car to offer hybrid-electric drive and unimaginably high gas mileage. Twelve years after its initial launch, the Prius family has...

  • 2012 Lexus RX 450h

    Hybrid cars are increasing in popularity all the time in the U.S, but they still make only a small proportion of new vehicle sales, and as such some people still aren't clued-up on their benefits. Hybrids use two powertrains--in the U.S, that's generally a gasoline engine and electric motors. Together, they aim to reduce fuel consumption by using smaller engines which spend less time running, while maintaining or improving performance thanks to electric assistance. To go some way to fixing the misinformation and lack of information, we've had a think about things everyone should know about...

  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel, 2012 New York Auto Show
    Diesel Cars: Six Important Things Everyone Should Know (But May Not)

    It's an exciting time for diesel fans in the U.S, with automakers finally waking up to that section of the market that longs for great highway MPG and lots of torque. Most people already know the benefits of modern diesels, but there are a few general things that people may have missed. So in the...

  • Polar Charging Post and Nissan Leaf
    Electric Cars: Eight Important Things Everyone Should Know (But May Not)

    Sometime in the next few weeks, the 100,000th plug-in electric car will be sold in the U.S. But they're still mostly a mystery to the average new-car buyer, and there are a few key principles that get shared over and over again. Here they are, boiled down for easy consumption: eight things you need...

  • 2014 Cadillac ELR
    Buyer's Guide: 2014 Plug-In Hybrids From Toyota, Ford, Honda & More

    Not all plug-in electric cars rely on battery power alone; some also have gasoline engines as backups, for longer range or more power. Last year, we identified six plug-in hybrid vehicles on sale during 2013. This year, the list gains three new entries (from BMW, Cadillac, and Mitsubishi) and loses...

  • 2012 Fisker Karma EcoChic, New York City, Jan 2012
    Fisker Karma: Range Extended Electric Car Ultimate Guide

    Make a car desirable enough, and people will buy it whatever is powering the wheels. That's the theory anyway, but in a world of unease over the suitability of electric cars, the Henrik Fisker has taken the more comfortable, usable route to creating an electric car: The range-extended Fisker Karma...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model
    2013 Electric Cars: Rated Range For Each Model, Ultimate Guide

    It's really the defining feature of any plug-in electric car: How much electric range does it have? The ever-helpful EPA, which has rated the gas mileage of all new cars, publishes its estimates of electric range for every plug-in car on the market. So here's our list of all 2013 plug-in cars, with...

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