Buying Guides

  • 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid

    Camrys have topped the passenger car sales charts since the dawn of time, but with the 2012 Hyundai Sonata on the market, it's no longer a given that the Camry is the car to go for. Both provide five seats, four doors and decent gas mileage, both are affordable, and both should provide many miles of trouble-free driving. But if you can't stretch to the even more efficient hybrid models of each car, what can you expect from the basic four-cylinder automatic variants of each? Check out full reviews of the 2012 Toyota Camry and 2012 Hyundai Sonata. Gas mileage There's a line of thought that you...

  • 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe, Chicago Auto Show, Jan 2012
    2013 Hyundai Elantra Gives You A Choice: Sedan, Coupe, Hatch (But No Wagon)

    Americans won't buy hatchbacks, or so goes the hoary old conventional wisdom. That may no longer be true, as Ford found out, but most compact cars are still four-door sedans. With the 2013 launch of its Elantra GT hatchback and Elantra Coupe, however, Hyundai has expanded its compact line to offer...

  • 2012 Honda Civic EX
    2012 Honda Civic Vs 2012 Toyota Corolla: Compact Comparo

    Other cars may steal the headlines, but the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla have spent plenty of time in the best-sellers lists. That's because each offers a wide range of talents to a wide range of individuals and families. They may lack the excitement of other models, but if you want a safe...

  • 2013 Nissan Altima
    2013 Nissan Altima 2.5: First Drive

    The all-new 2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 does a surprisingly good job of blending fuel economy, performance, comfort and value in a midsize sedan.

  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, New York City launch event, October 2011
    5 Good Green Cars For Your Teen: Frugal, Fun, But Responsible Too

    It's summer, the kid wants a car, what are ya gonna do? Chances are you want your kid driving around in something safe. Almost certainly something not too fun or stylish, unless you want them showing off with a car full of friends. And you probably want something with good gas mileage too--it ain't...

  • 2011 Ford Fiesta
    2013 Ford Fiesta: Ideal First Green Car For New Drivers?

    If you're looking to buy your son or daughter a first car, the choice on offer might seem a little overwhelming at first. With gas prices on the increase, you may be tempted to get them something with good gas mileage, without spending too much money to buy it. The good news is, cars like the 2013...

  • 2010 Lexus HS 250h

    Every year, some car models pass from our midst, often dying quietly and unnoticed. Here's our list of the green cars that are no longer with us. There were, of course, more cars than just this handful of the greenest models that died in 2012; here's a more complete list. Chevrolet Aveo While the Chevy Aveo nameplate actually left the building after the 2011 model year, Chevrolet will continue to sell subcompacts. But GM's mass brand had to acknowledge that the U.S. image of the Aveo was so underwhelming--most reviewers called it a substandard, cheap, unimpressive car that was long in the...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5
    2008-2011 Tesla Roadster: Should You Buy One, And For How Much?

    For the past five years or more, the iconic Tesla Roadster has been the poster child for electric cars. Produced between 2008 and 2011, the two-seat Tesla Roadster combines the desirability of a luxury sports car with race-car performance, while its massive 53 kilowatt-hour battery pack gives...

  • 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition
    Best Used Green Car To Buy: Volkswagen Jetta TDI

    Last week we started a series of the Five Best Used Green Cars To Buy. We've already looked at two of the best-known green cars, the 2004-2009 Toyota Prius and the 2006-2011 Honda Civic Hybrid. Now it's the turn of a car known for its fuel, rather than its drivetrain--the Volkswagen Jetta TDI...

  • 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid
    Best Used Green Cars To Buy: 2006-2011 Honda Civic Hybrid

    Now in its third generation, the Honda Civic Hybrid is one of the stalwarts of the compact hybrid class, having been around in one form or another since its introduction to the U.S. in 2002. Here we're looking at the popular 2006-2011 model, as one of our Five Best Used Green Cars To Buy. While not...

  • 2009 Toyota Prius
    Five Best Used Green Cars To Buy: 2004-2009 Toyota Prius

    Yesterday, we introduced a five-part series taking an in-depth look into some of the best used green cars you can buy today. Ranging from the humble hatchback to a mighty sport-utility vehicle, we’ve selected five cars we think deserve your attention when shopping for your next used car...

  • Toyota Prius Vs. Chevrolet Volt
    2012 Toyota Prius Vs. 2012 Chevrolet Volt: Which Is Right For You?

    With gasoline prices on the increase, many consumers are looking to buy a hybrid or plug-in hybrid as their next car in order to save gas and money. If going whole hog and ditching gasoline entirely in favor of an all-electric car like the 2012 Nissan Leaf or 2012 Mitsubishi i isn’t an...

  • 2008 Suzuki SX4

    Shopping for a used car can be one of life’s more frustrating experiences. If you know what you’re looking for in terms of year, make and model, the trouble is often in finding the specific car you’re seeking. If you're just shopping for a used small car, and you're flexible regarding year, make and model, chances are good that your search will prove far less frustrating. Consumer Reports feels your pain, and a recently compiled chart shows you which CR-recommended 2007 and 2008 models have depreciated the most. In other words, it shows which reliable, used small cars are...

  • 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
    Hybrid Payback: How Long For Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata?

    People have many reasons for choosing hybrid vehicles. For some, the chance of cutting down on fuel bills may be a priority. For others, knowing that they're doing less damage to the environment is very appealing. We've noticed that you, our readers, prioritize many different factors when choosing...

  • 2012 Lexus CT 200h Sport Special Edition
    2012 Lexus CT 200h Vs 2012 Ford Focus Titanium: Compact Comparo

    As carmakers work to satiate consumers' desire to downsize, it's becoming easier than ever to buy a quality car in the subcompact and compact classes. The 2012 Lexus CT 200h illustrates this perfectly. Lexus hit the big time with the LS400 luxury sedan over two decades ago now, but its biggest...

  • 2012 Hyundai Veloster  -  First Drive
    2012 Honda CR-Z Vs. 2012 Hyundai Veloster: Gas-Saver Coupes

    Carmakers are beginning to realise that saving gas and reducing emissions, and making a fun car to drive aren't mutually exclusive. At the top of the market there are now plenty of high-performance hybrids to choose from, but what if your budget is a little lower - nearer the $20,000 mark? That's...

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    Kelley Blue Book Lists Gas-Savers With Sub-$30k 5-Year Cost

    Yesterday, as we were publishing our own basic guide to some of the costs you can expect from gasoline, diesel, electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, vehicle information resource Kelly Blue Book (KBB) released a similar list. Rather than comparing energy types, the KBB list shows you all...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco Quick Drive and Live Photos
    Gas, Hybrid, Diesel, Electric: What Do They Cost Over 5 Yrs?

    So you're in the market for a new car. Fantastic. You've done the research--looking at list prices, EPA fuel ratings, and all manner of other factors--and you know you want something fuel-efficient and easy on the environment. But what will that car really cost over, say, five years of ownership?...

  • 2004 Volkswagen Jetta Wagon GL

    Unless you don’t own a car, or happen to drive an all-electric car, the chances are you’ll have noticed that gas prices have risen dramatically over the past few days. But as growing uncertainly in the Middle East -- not to mention the knock-on effects of a large gasoline refinery fire in Washington state -- continue to hit car drivers in the wallet every time they fill up, here are five used cars we think will save you money at the pump. 1: 2004-2009 Toyota Prius Hybrid EPA: 48 (city) 45 (highway) 46 (combined) The most popular hybrid car ever sold in the U.S., the second...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius C, drive event, La Jolla, CA, Feb 2012
    Top 10 Most Economical Small Cars You Can Buy In 2012

    Let's say you're in the market for a small car, and you want the most economical one around in your budget. What are the options? Quite varied ones, actually - everything from electric cars, through hybrids, range-extended vehicles, gasoline and diesel. You might notice a few glaring omissions from...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius V hybrid wagon, test drive in Catskill Mountains, Jan 2012
    2012 Toyota Prius V Hybrid vs Mazda5: Saving Money On Wagons

    Let's imagine for a second that you have a family, and you need a vehicle to transport them around in. However, you're also looking to get a good mix of practicality and gas mileage, as gas prices aren't making those long vacation trips any easier. Your eye may have been caught by the 2012 Toyota...

  • 2011 Toyota Prius with PLUS Performance Package
    2012 Toyota Prius Vs 2012 Toyota Camry: Economy Or Speed?

    If you've been following over the last few weeks, you'll have seen us pitch two cars from particular manufacturers against each other. While there are often clear differences between the models, the exercise highlights what someone in the market at a particular price point can expect, when...

  • 2012 Toyota Aqua hybrid (2012 Toyota Prius C)
    2012 Toyota Prius C Hybrid Vs 2012 Toyota Yaris: MPG Battle

    A few days back we took a look at two similar, yet very different Hondas. The 2012 Honda Insight and 2012 Honda Fit share a platform, but different bodystyles and the use of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist hybrid technology in the Insight, makes each model unique. The same could be said of the...

  • 2012 Honda Insight EX with Navigation
    2012 Honda Fit Vs 2012 Honda Insight Hybrid: High Gas Mileage Battle

    If you're in the market for a fuel efficient vehicle your choice is better than ever. Virtually every manufacturer now offers a high-mpg vehicle, but Honda could lay claim to being one of the first. Since the Civic arrived back in the 1970s, the Japanese carmaker has made fuel economy a high...

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