Buying Guides

  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt  -  Driven, December 2012

    The Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car has been on sale since December 2010--but it's still one of the most popular electric vehicles on sale. At the moment, the Chevy Volt is fairly unique in the plug-in car market, in that it's neither a traditional hybrid vehicle, nor a full battery-electric car. Instead, it uses a 1.4-liter gasoline engine as a generator, keeping the batteries topped-up--while most of the time, drive is handled exclusively by the electric motor. Read our full review of the 2014 Chevrolet Volt Over the next few pages you'll find links to all sorts of information...

  • Audi R8 e-tron track drive, Berlin Tempelhof Airport
    Audi's e-tron Plug-In And Electric Cars: Ultimate Guide

    If you're confused when someone says "Audi e-tron," and you're not sure which electric car it means, don't feel bad--we're confused too. Audi may have more branded electric car concepts, prototypes, test vehicles, limited-production cars, and planned volume-production plug-in electric models than...

  • 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, March 2014
    All-Wheel-Drive Hybrids: Hybrid SUVs, Crossovers With AWD Ultimate Guide

    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...

  • 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...

  • 2014 Zero SR electric motorcycle
    2014 Electric Motorcycles: Buyer's Guide

    Electric motorcycles are now ready for primetime, and this year's selection shows that the pace of development is quick. This buyer's guide focuses on street-legal, highway-ready motorcycles. There are many two-wheeled electric vehicles out there that are more properly considered scooters or dirt...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012

    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 hybrid technology is just what they need. Largely similar to a regular Prius but equipped with a larger, lithium-ion battery pack and an extra few miles of electric range. We've compiled all our articles on the Prius Plug-In, bringing you all the information you'll need to decide whether it's the...

  • 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
    2014 Lexus Hybrids: Ultimate Guide

    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...

  • 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

    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 new SkyActiv engine and design technology, we expected the new 2014 Mazda3 to be among the most fuel-efficient (non-hybrid) compacts on the market. Previous drives in two earlier Mazda vehicles that use new SkyActiv powertrains--a CX-5 and an earlier 2012 Mazda 3--showed us that unlike high-rated cars...

  • 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
    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

    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 has steadily increased--and 2014 has a bumper crop of new diesel vehicles. Two of the most important are the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel and the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel, both of which add a diesel engine to an already popular vehicle sold in high volumes. We've already covered every diesel...

  • 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: Six Important Things Everyone Should Know (But May Not)

    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...

  • 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...

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