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  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

    The new 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV is quick, relatively fun to drive, and the only all-electric crossover utility vehicle on the market today. It has a good, intuitive touchscreen display and instrument cluster that shows both the maximum possible range and a constantly updated range based on both the climate-control settings and its most recent usage and driving style. Now we can show you on video what it's like from behind the wheel. Just view the video above--it's a bit more than 3 minutes--to see what it's like inside the new electric RAV4. For more details, you can read our complete RAV4 EV...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012
    2012 Toyota RAV4 EV: First Drive Of Tesla-Powered Crossover

    If the ideal electric car has a real-world range of 100 miles or more and the practical utility that American families buy crossovers for, the future may be arriving this year. The 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV has every bit of space that the gasoline versions do. Its Tesla-engineered battery pack and...

  • 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid
    Best Used Green Cars To Buy: 2005-2012 Ford Escape Hybrid

    The Ford Escape Hybrid occupies a special place in green-car history. It was the first hybrid built in the U.S., the first one from a U.S. carmaker, and the first hybrid crossover utility. That makes it one of our five best used green cars. A pet project of then-CEO Bill Ford, the Escape Hybrid was...

  • Alfa Romeo Giulietta development prototype, Madison, Wisconsin, April 2012 [photo © by Thomas Bey]
    Exclusive: Spy Shots Of Next-Generation Jeep Liberty Mule (Updated)

    Always carry a camera; you never know what you'll see parked on the street. That's how our contributor, Thomas Bey, shot these exclusive spy shots of an engineering prototype for what may be a future hybrid Jeep or Dodge model to be based on the same running gear as the 2013 Dodge Dart compact...

  • 2013 Ford Escape, launched at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov 2011
    Green Sound Insulation Inside Doors Quiets 2013 Ford Escape

    Ask about green cars and most buyers think only of gas mileage. But there are other ways to make vehicles greener, including the use of renewable materials to replace petroleum-derived synthetic components. For its all-new 2013 Escape crossover, Ford has created door bolsters from a plant called...

  • 2013 Buick Encore
    2013 Buick Encore: Video Walkaround At Detroit Auto Show

    Until now, you'd have been hard-pressed to find the words "Buick" and "compact five-door crossover" in the same sentence. But as of this month's Detroit Auto Show, the 2013 Buick Encore--available at dealers roughly a year from now--takes GM's entry luxury brand into new territory. It's a five-door...

  • 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

    The Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the brightest stars among the cars that propelled Chrysler--now controlled by Fiat--to a 26-percent sales increase in 2011, raising its share of the U.S. market 1.3 points to 10.7 percent. Yesterday, the company said it would start building a diesel version of the Grand Cherokee next year, its first diesel passenger vehicle in several years. That confirms a statement by Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne from last April that the popular Jeep crossover would get a diesel option, which he reiterated in October. The new clean-diesel sport-utility vehicle was buried...

  • 2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
    Third-Row, 7-Seat Family Vehicles With Highest Gas Mileage

    We get asked a lot about hybrids with seven seats. The answer is simple: There's only one, the 2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. But the question is really more about fuel efficiency: What family vehicles with a third row of seats that can carry seven people get the best gas mileage? It's a major...

  • 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
    Reader Q: All-Wheel Drive Hybrid Or Diesel Cars (Not Trucks)?

    We get some of our most interesting topics from reader questions. Past questions include how emergency responders should react to hybrid and electric cars, and whether towing a Prius behind a motorhome is a good idea. Today, we have a query about green cars (not trucks) that offer all-wheel drive...

  • 2011 Ford Vertrek concept
    Why Ford Would Be Crazy To Kill The Escape Hybrid: Real AWD

    Ford has made lots of changes to its model lineup of late, some of them remarkably quickly. Now comes word that the new Ford Escape compact crossover for 2013 may not include the Escape Hybrid model it has sold since 2004. We think that would be a terrible shame, because it takes off the market a...

  • 2011 Kia Naimo Concept
    Kia Reveals Naimo Electric Crossover Concept, Announces Real-World Tests

    Kia has taken the wraps off its third electrified concept car in the space of a year (the previous being the Pop and Ray), strongly suggesting that we’re at the start of what could eventuate into an electric car revolution within the South Korean automaker. The latest concept is the 2011 Kia...

  • Buick Envision SUV Concept, teaser sketch, Auto Shanghai 2011
    Buick Envision Plug-In Hybrid SUV Concept: Auto Shanghai Preview

    It's unfortunate that the media days for the Auto Shanghai 2011 Show and the New York Auto Show overlap a couple of weeks hence, because it looks like Shanghai might get the lion's share of the cool introductions. Take, for instance, the single teaser sketch released today of the new Buick Envision...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

    We got our first hints that Tesla was planning several new models after the Model S electric sedan following the release of some official slides in the company’s IPO presentation last June. Soon after Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that one of these new models, an electric SUV dubbed the Model X, would be arriving in 2014. We now have new details on the Model X, namely, that the vehicle is being designed as a sporty crossover about the same size as a compact SUV. Thanks to efficient packaging of its electric drivetrain and batteries, however, the smallish soft-roader is expected to have...

  • Toyota RAV4 facelift for the 2010 Geneva Motor Show
    BREAKING: The RAV4 EV Is Returning, Tesla, Toyota Confirms

    Remember yesterday's article where we spoke about rumbles from the rumor mill at Toyota and Tesla? Industry insiders had told two auto sites that the two companies were working together on a supercar and a re-development of the classic RAV4 EV. We said yesterday that the possibility of the RAV4...

  • Toyota RAV4e electric vehicle, San Francisco, March 2010
    Electric-Car Drive Report: 2002 Toyota RAV4 EV Crossover

    One of the best parts of the electric-vehicle world is the camaraderie. Someone knows someone who passes us along to a friend who knows a guy ... you know the story. Which is how we ended up in San Francisco on a sunny Friday, driving a well-used--but still reliable--example of one of the...

  • Ford Escape Hybrid Cargo Space (Seats Up)
    Roundup: Hybrid SUVs and Crossovers from Ford, Toyota, Chevy

    Our reader Celeste wrote to ask us about available hybrid SUVs and crossovers, and we thought our answer might be useful for the site. At the moment, there are three main hybrid SUVs sold in the U.S. Each of them also has variations sold under other brands. All are likely to be durable, as their...

  • 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport
    All-Wheel Drive And Crossovers In The Pipeline For Tesla

    Tesla has hinted on several occasions in the past that it wants to expand its range of vehicles beyond the current Roadster and upcoming Model S sedan in the very near future. The CEO of the electric car start-up, Elon Musk, has now reaffirmed his company’s plans to do just that, by revealing...

  • BYD e6 concept
    Buffet's Baby BYD Auto Is a Big Electric-Car Copycat

    Sometimes Twitter is pretty wonderful. Amidst all the fluff and links and LOLs, some real gems can land. We honestly don't recall who first alerted us to an article about Chinese electric-car maker BYD from Caixin Online, but we thank you. It's an excellent article, and highly worth reading top to...

  • 2007 Ford Edge,  Detroit Auto Show

    Continuing the trend of raising gas mileage by using smaller, more powerful engines, Ford is set to launch its first four-cylinder EcoBoost engine in the 2011 Ford Edge, which will be unveiled at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show next week. We've written before about Ford's EcoBoost system, which uses direct injection and turbocharging to produce horsepower and torque that's equivalent to a much larger engine. First four for Edge The 2011 Edge will have the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four that Ford announced last fall. It develops 230 horsepower, comparable to the 240 hp of a 3.0-liter V-6--but fuel economy...

  • Small cars as share of overall U.S. industry, 2000-2009, Ford Motor Co.
    Small Vehicles Will Be Largest Part Of U.S. Market By 2013, Ford Says

    Today we were in Michigan to learn quite a lot about the 2011 Ford Fiesta--absolutely none of which we're allowed to share with you today. (Soon, soon!) Yesterday, though, Ford's George Pipas presented data to journalists in New York that shows what Ford thinks about the future of small vehicles...

  • 2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT
    Drive Report: 26 MPG in 2010 Chevrolet Equinox Four-Cylinder

    During a trip to Detroit last week, we had a chance to spend a couple of days with the all-new 2010 Chevrolet Equinox five-pasenger crossover sport-utility vehicle. We'd wanted to try this vehicle for some time, as most reviews deemed it vastly superior to the previous model. Certainly it's got...

  • 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
    2010 Fusion Hybrid Takes Credit For 73-Percent Ford Hybrid Sales Rise

    With record unemployment numbers and an active global recession, it's not news that vehicle sales have been lousy, falling by more than one-third from the record levels of a few years ago. But at least one maker's green cars are doing better than ever: Ford's U.S. sales of its hybrid-electric...

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    World's First Plug-In Hybrid Sales? So Far, Not So Good

    Late last year, a small Chinese company achieved a milestone: It offered the world's first mass-produced plug-in hybrid vehicle for sale.  BYD Automotive, of Shenzhen, started selling its 2009 BYD F3DM (for "dual mode") compact sedan in December. So how's it been doing? Not too well. BYD said it...

  • 2010 Lotus Elise SC
    Talk Back: What Do YOU Want Us To Drive For You?

    On Thursday, GreenCarReports will have its pick from more than 60 brand-new cars, and we want to know what you want to see

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