Buying Guides

  • 2013 Ford Escape, launched at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov 2011

    Ford has released 2013 Escape pricing, "for survey purposes only," on its dedicated Escape microsite.

  • Chevrolet Votls for sale on eBay
    Buying An Electric Car: Pay More Now, Or Wait A Bit?

    As demand for electric and plug-in cars continues to remain high, many dealers and some private individuals are offering cars like the 2012 Chevrolet Volt on auction sites like eBay. With “Buy-It-Now” prices well above the starting sticker price of $39,995, these Volts pose an...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon, Half Moon Bay, CA, May 2011
    2012 Toyota Prius: GreenCarReports' Best Car To Buy 2012

    The late-night arguments are over, the statistical comparisons and product specs are put away, and we've made our choice. The GreenCarReports Best Car To Buy Award for 2012 goes to a pair of cars: the 2012 Toyota Prius V wagon and the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid. The two new 2012 entries...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 live photos. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    2012 Fiat 500: Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2012 Nominee

    GreenCarReports nominates 2012 Fiat 500 as one of the six contenders for its Best Car To Buy 2012 award, given to the car or cars that provide the best and most practical alternatives for car buyers who want to drive green.

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    Green Car Reports To Name '2012 Best Car To Buy' Next Week

    'Tis the season for 'car of the year' awards, and we're right there with the rest of the media. Next Monday, we'll announce the winner of our second annual Green Car Reports "Best Car to Buy" Award winner for the 2012 model year. At the same time, our sister sites--MotorAuthority and...

  • 2012 Mitsubishi i  -  First Drive, U.S.-spec MiEV
    The Top 10 Highest MPG Cars On Sale Today

    If you're in the market for a new car and your top priority is fuel efficiency, what do you buy? With so much to choose from now including gasoline, diesel, natural gas and electric cars on the market as well as a range-extended electric vehicle and hybrids galore, the options are bewildering. If...

  • 2012 Chevrolt Volt Gas Station Advert

    If you need a plug-in car that is capable of traveling long distances between charges but can’t afford the 300-miles per charge option offered by the 2012 Tesla Model S, the chances are you’re looking at buying a plug-in hybrid. But which of the two main plug-in hybrids on offer today -- the 2012 Chevrolet Volt and 2012 Toyota Prius -- offer you the cheapest running costs, and why? As we’ve said before, that depends on how often you make longer trips, but now Pike Research has stepped in with the definitive answer. The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid is more cost effective...

  • 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid
    Five High-Mileage SUVs You’ll Want To Check Out For 2012

    You’re an SUV owner looking to upgrade your current car, but you’re also getting tired of increasing gas prices and the way those hybrid and electric car owners look at you on the freeway. At the same time, you’re not about to downsize to a sub-compact in order to get good gas...

  • 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View
    Why An Old, Used Honda Civic Hybrid Is Good For Your Health

    We all know that the venerable Toyota Prius is the most well-known of all hybrids on the market today, both in terms of numbers made and its impressive gas mileage. But if you’re in the market for a used hybrid you might be surprised to know that a used 2006-2010 Honda Civic Hybrid might be...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf, Nashville, October 2010
    Best Electric-Car Cargo Space: 2012 Nissan Leaf, 2012 Toyota Plug-in Prius

    When you’re researching your next new car it’s likely that you research not one but many different cars, comparing them on everything from fuel economy and features to reliability and interior space. Electric and plug-in hybrid cars are no different -- but the practicalities of cargo...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    Chevrolet Volt: Ultimate Guide To Everything You Need To Know

    The Chevrolet Volt is now here, on sale in most states, and ready to plug in--and to answer all your questions about what it is, how it drives, how to buy it and how to wade through all its new technology, there's only one solution. Here, you'll find High Gear Media's comprehensive coverage of the...

  • 2011 Toyota Prius
    Buying A Used Toyota Prius? Here’s What You Need To Know

    The venerable Toyota Prius hybrid is generally accepted as the car which changed consumer’s attitude toward hybrid-electric drivetrains. While the Prius wasn’t the very first hybrid to be sold in the U.S. (the original Honda Insight beat it by a few months), it has proven by far the...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt on test in Little Rock, Arkansas, July 2011

    The 2012 Chevrolet Volt will soon be arriving at Chevrolet dealers nationwide as General Motors makes the plug-in hybrid electric car available to all fifty states before the end of this year. But on year on from the launch of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, what are the differences between the 2011 and 2012 models? Here’s our list of things that you need to know about the revised 2012 Chevrolet Volt. How it works The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is a range-extended plug-in hybrid. Using a small battery pack, it can operate for up to 35 miles in all-electric mode everywhere from city streets through to...

  • Ryan Reynolds Nissan Leaf Spokesperson
    2012 Nissan Leaf: The Electric-Car Basics You Need To Know

    The 2012 Nissan Leaf is the second generation of Nissan’s all-electric family hatchback, following on from the highly popular 2011 Nissan Leaf. But one year on from the original Leaf's launch, what's different in the 2012 model? Here's our list of things we think you need to know about the...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf
    Green Car People: Who Buys Electric And Plug-In Vehicles?

    Once upon a time, people who bought (or built) electric vehicles were often science-minded, forward-thinking, eco-conscious drivers who sometimes had a hippie past. Times have changed. Today, there are several motivations for buying a car that plugs into the electric grid to recharge its battery...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius high-voltage battery pack
    The Ultimate Guide: Toyota Prius Battery Life, Cost, and Warranty

    Like many articles, this one started with a reader question. Casey Krakowiecki wrote: I'm interested in buying a new Toyota Prius hybrid. I hope you can answer a couple of questions that will help me. (1) Are the rechargable batteries guaranteed for 8 years? If they fail at 7 years and 11 months...

  • 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring
    Guide: How To Get Good Gas Mileage AND Third Row Seats?

    "We have not yet fully accepted the fact that we need a new car. Some call it denial. But we do need one." That's how our friend Gordon Platt began a note asking our advice on what cars he should consider as he sets out to replace the family's aging 2003 Toyota Sienna minivan. "What are your...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    What You Need To Know About Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt Servicing

    A few months ago we asked the question, what exactly do you have to service on a 2011 Nissan LEAF? After all, the LEAF doesn't even contain many of the items that require regular attention on a regular car, such as oil changes, spark plugs, filters, transmission fluid and muffler parts. Brakes...

  • Shenyan Chevy Dealer

    As we've discovered, some car dealers are less than enthusiastic about the prospect of selling and servicing electric cars. Luckily, others are more game. Either way, what can you expect from your local electric car dealership when you take your shiny new EV in for a service? Training You'd be hoping for highly trained technicians, and according to megadealer Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation Inc, that's what you'll get. He can't wait to start servicing EVs. "Fixing these vehicles will require special training and special tools, and dealerships excel at that". Only the cream of the crop will...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric launch, New York City, January 2011
    2011 Detroit Auto Show: Electric Car Round-Up

    Between the wreck of a Volvo and a $300k Mercedes supercar, the 2011 Detroit Auto show is giving the electric car fan plenty of variety, so if you're planning to visit the show between now and closing time on January 23, here are the electric vehicles you should make the time to see and the EV...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt test drive, Michigan, October 2010
    2010 Los Angeles Auto Show: Guide To Electric Vehicles

    We took a look a few weeks ago at the five electric cars we reckoned you should do your best to see at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. Our list included the 2011 Nissan Leaf, 2011 Chevrolet Volt, 2011 Coda Sedan, the 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV and the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Our opinion hasn't changed -...

  • Renault Fluence EZ concept, 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show
    EV Vs Gas Vs Diesel: Breaking Down The Costs

    Thanks to the limited availability of electric cars on the market thus far and lack of parity between EV models and their gasoline or diesel counterparts, comparing the relative costs of the three isn't the easiest of tasks. The human race wouldn't have got very far if we'd only ever done what was...

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    Should You Buy Or Lease Your Electric Car?

    If you're reading this website, chances are you're already someone giving some consideration to owning an electric car. If so, great! You're one step further than the next guy to an oil-free future. However, for some the next hurdle could be a bigger one - should you lease the electric car of your...

  • 2010 Jaguar C-X75 Concept, released at 2010 Paris Motor Show
    UPDATE: 2010 Paris Motor Show: Guide To Electric Vehicles

    The 2010 Paris Motor Show is upon us and amongst the supercars and superminis lie a veritable feast of electric vehicles. Whilst we've known about many of the cars due to be shown for a little while now, for many it will be the first opportunity to see the newest EV concepts and production cars up...

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