Buying Guides

  • 2014 Cadillac ELR

    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 one (the Fisker Karma). Note that we're lumping into this category cars with two different types of drivetrains. First are the plug-in versions of conventional hybrids, including the Ford's C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi models, the Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, and the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid...

  • 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...

  • 2013 Subaru Impreza
    Most Efficient AWD Cars: Beat The Snow, And The Gas Pump

    When a weather system dumps an uncommon amount of snow in your part of the world, thoughts often turn to how you might get about in it. Provided you've not got a seven-foot drift blocking you indoors, those plans might involve an all-wheel drive car. 4WD is no substitute for careful driving and a...

  • 2013 Toyota Prius liftback
    Best Gas Mileage You Can Get: Top 10 Hybrids

    Are you in the market for a hybrid car? You probably want great gas mileage, without switching to diesel fuel, or taking the next step into plug-in vehicles. The good news is, plug-ins aside, virtually all the most fuel-efficient cars on sale right now are hybrids. Whether you're after a spacious...

  • Daniel Craig as James Bond, Agent 007, in Skyfall, with Aston Martin DB5
    Skyfall Sequel: Five James Bond Cars For A New Green Age

    James Bond, Agent 007, has now been driving his Aston Martin DB5 sports cars since 1964. With the new film, Skyfall, opening tomorrow, we thought we'd propose some new motor cars for Commander Bond. He's ventured into many other vehicles, including airplanes, submarines, and newer Aston Martins...

  • 2013 Nissan Sentra SL  -  First Drive, October 2012

    If you're in the market for a new Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla or Volkswagen Jetta, you're also in the market for the 2013 Nissan Sentra. While we haven't driven the 2013 Sentra on GreenCarReports yet, our sister site at TheCarConnection has reviewed the car in full--useful for any potential buyer to know. Head to TheCarConnection for a full review of the 2013 Nissan Sentra Overview - Improved styling Previous Sentra models have often leant towards the insomnia-curing side of inoffensive with their exterior styling, but a freshen-up for the 2013 model year has improved the looks significantly...

  • 2011 Honda Insight
    Hybrid Or Just High MPG? Which Car Is Right For You?

    As cars throughout the automotive spectrum get more efficient, it's an increasing dilemma for buyers looking to improve their gas mileage. Just what should I buy? One of those fancy hybrids, or a regular, fuel-efficient car? Different fuel efficient vehicles excel at different types of driving--and...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Sonic
    Five Turbocharged Green Cars You Need To Drive

    There was a time when a turbocharger under the hood meant one thing and one thing only: that the car you were driving was a performance-oriented, sporty beast with that oh-so-addictive turbo whine. Today, the turbocharger has become the biggest thing in green car technology since the hybrid...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Spark minicar, New York City, Aug 2012
    Ultimate Guide To Gas-Sipping Minicars On Sale In The U.S.

    Which side are you on? Bigger is better? Or perhaps 'No replacement for displacement'? Or do you think more along the lines of 'small is beautiful' and 'good things come in small packages'? If it's the latter, then you may also be a fan of the smallest cars manufacturers have to offer. And if you...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012
    2013 Green Car Buyers Guide: Hybrids, Diesels, Plug-Ins

    It's autumn, which means that new 2013 cars are now showing up in dealerships all across the country. With gas prices high and new fuel-economy standards in effect, automakers are rolling out new green cars of every type. Here's our selective list of the important new green models you'll be able to...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid
    2013 Plug-In Hybrids: Our Roundup

    Hybrids have been popular gas-sipping choices for several years, but it's taken until this year for momentum to really gather behind plug-in hybrids. Using mostly familiar hybrid technology, but with larger batteries that can be charged separately as well as during driving, many consider plug-in...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012

    Over the past decade, hybrid electric cars have gone from being niche market vehicles for movie stars and green thinkers to everyday vehicles that can save you big money on your gas bill. In fact, with more hybrid cars to choose from than ever before, there’s never a better time to make the switch from a regular gasoline car to a hybrid. But how is a hybrid different from a regular gas car? How do they work, and do you need special skills to drive them? Hybrid Cars: Should You Buy One? The Pros And Cons Different names, similar concepts While there are several different types of hybrid...

  • 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI
    Fun Cars With Good Gas Mileage To Suit Every Budget

    It's not difficult to find cars with high gas mileage these days. Car manufacturers have made a stirling effort in recent years to push economy up, without sacrificing performance or equipment. So if you're in the market for a new green car, but want a little fun every time you drive it, what are...

  • 2013 Ford Escape
    2013 Ford Escape: Why You Need To Look Beyond Gas Mileage

    Ford’s all-new 2013 Escape compact crossover may have only been on sale for a few months, but it is already proving a strong seller at Ford dealerships across the U.S. On paper, there’s little difference between the gas mileage figures of the entry-level 2.5-liter, four-cylinder Ford...

  • Tesla Model S Alpha build
    2012 Tesla Model S: Electric Luxury Sedan Ultimate Guide

    Finally, after several years of teaser images, videos, clips, auto show appearances and more, there are finally production examples of the 2012 Tesla Model S driving around on the streets Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] has been working tirelessly to put the Model S on the market, and CEO Elon Musk even...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid
    Where's The Cheapest Place To Buy A Toyota Prius In The U.S?

    Have you ever wondered whether you're paying over the odds for a car, compared to your neighbors in other states? We all know that prices differ abroad, but there can sometimes be hundreds of dollars between a car in one state, and the price people pay in another. We decided to investigate the...

  • 2012 Fiat 500
    2012 Retro Rides: Fiat 500 Beats Beetle, Mini On Gas Mileage

    There was a time when small European cars like the original Fiat 500, Volkswagen Beetle and Mini represented the very epitome of cheap, stylish, practical motoring. So much so that all three original cars have inspired contemporary retro-styled rides meant to evoke the memories of days gone by. But...

  • 2012 Nissan Altima

    Right now, Nissan dealers across the U.S. are preparing themselves for the launch of the 2013 Altima. In order to clear their inventory of old stock, dealers are likely to be offering some great deals on the outgoing 2012 Altima -- the second best selling car in the U.S. last year. But should you wait for the 2013, or bag a bargain with last year’s model instead? Gas mileage For the 2013 model year, Nissan has worked hard to improve the gas mileage of its Altima family. Across the entire range, gas mileage is on average 3 to 4 mpg better than it was in 2012, with even the high-end...

  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel, 2012 New York Auto Show
    Diesel Cars: Should You Buy One? The Pros And Cons

    Last week, we looked at the pros and cons of buying and running a hybrid vehicle. We concluded that, provided you didn't mind paying a little more on the purchase price, that their smooth driving characteristics and great gas mileage makes them hard to beat for green-minded buyers. Now it's the...

  • 2013 Mazda CX-5
    2013 Ford Escape Vs. 2013 Mazda CX-5: Crossover Comparison

    It's no surprise that crossovers are having such a surge in popularity right now. By offering the sort of chunky styling and high driving position that draws people to SUVs, with gas mileage and driving characteristics more in common with regular compact cars, they offer the best of both worlds for...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Sedan and Hatchback
    2012 Ford Focus SFE Vs 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco: Compact Sedans Compared

    You want a compact sedan that gives great gas mileage, comes from an American company, and costs less than a hybrid car. If that sounds like you, the chances are you’ve considered test-driving the 2012 Ford Focus SFE and 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco. But what comes as standard on each car? Which...

  • 2012 Lexus RX 450h
    Hybrids: Should You Buy One? The Pros And Cons

    If you want to cut down on gas and reduce your tailpipe emissions, there's never been a better selection of vehicles to choose from. Whether you go the whole hog with an electric car or simply buy a more efficient gasoline vehicle, you're spoiled for choice. Each fuel and vehicle variation has its...

  • 2011 Honda Fit Sport
    2012 Toyota Yaris Vs 2012 Honda Fit: Subcompact Hatches Compared

    The trendy 2012 Toyota Yaris is certainly an improvement on its predecessor, attracting a lot of attention wherever it goes. But can Toyota’s latest offering in the subcompact hatch war compete with the granddaddy of the segment, the venerable, flexible, upright but jaunty Honda Fit? Both...

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