Hybrids

  • 2018 Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan pursuit-rated police car

    Ford is in the process of applying hybrid technology to a vehicle type that seems like a natural fit for it: police cars. It’s about time. Ford claims to have the industry’s first pursuit-rated hybrid police car with the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan—the police-duty version of the 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan that will soon be delivered to departments around the nation, including to the New York Police Department. The company announced today that it is starting to finalize orders for its first Responder Hybrid Sedans, aimed at cities and urban duty. The largest single order...

  • 2019 Toyota Prius
    Toyota Prius AWD-e: Going light on the rear motor helps it hit 50 mpg

    The all-wheel drive version of the Toyota Prius introduced last week at the LA Auto Show earns an astoundingly good EPA fuel economy rating of 50 mpg combined—nearly as good as the 52 mpg earned by much of the Prius lineup (LE, XLE and Limited). But the system isn’t nearly as capable as...

  • 2018 Toyota Prius
    Lithium-ion vs. nickel-metal hydride: Toyota still likes both for its hybrids

    Toyota continues to stay the course with nickel-metal hydride battery cells for many of its hybrid vehicles, even though most other hybrid vehicles from other brands have moved on to using lithium-ion cells exclusively. According to Prius chief engineer Shoichi Kaneko, in an interview this past...

  • 2019 Toyota Prius
    2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e priced at $27,300

    Toyota has released pricing for the new all-wheel-drive version of the Prius that it revealed at the LA auto show last week. The base version of the all-wheel drive model will start at $27,300, including a $920 destination charge, according to our partners at CarsDirect.com. That's a premium of...

  • 2020 Toyota Corolla, 2018 LA Auto Show
    2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid aims for 50 mpg—Prius tech meets frugal mainstream

    With the introduction of a 50-mile-per-gallon Corolla Hybrid at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota is keeping true to a mission it undertook a long time ago: democratizing hybrid technology, and making it mainstream. The carmaker has long aimed to deploy its hybrid system aggressively into pretty...

  • 2019 Toyota Prius
    Toyota Prius AWD-e earns 50 mpg with all-weather treads

    If you want one of the highest-mileage non-plug-in vehicles on the market—like the Toyota Prius, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Niro, or Honda Insight, there’s been one quite significant deal-breaker for many Snow Belt families: All-wheel drive simply isn’t a possibility. That’s due to...

  • 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

    Yesterday, when we brought you our 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid first drive review, we missed one very important point. At 39 mpg, the RAV4 Hybrid is now the highest-mileage sport-utility vehicle (as the EPA lists them) without a charge port. All the more impressive is that it’s not a low, teardrop-shaped vehicle with utility compromised in the name of aerodynamics but a tall wagon good for back-seat passengers and offering 8.6 inches of ground clearance. And it’s quicker than the non-hybrid version. Before the RAV4 Hybrid arrives, early next year, the Nissan Rogue Hybrid holds the...

  • 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid  -  First Drive, Santa Barbara CA, Nov. 2019
    Commentary: Plug-in hybrids shouldn't just be California compliance cars

    With 17 miles of all-electric range, all-wheel drive, and a rugged-hatchback body style, the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid could be the perfect entry point for a lot of buyers who'd like to get started driving on electric power. Electric-car advocates, who've already moved on to one of several...

  • 2019 Toyota RAV4
    2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid first drive review: All the bits and pieces in place

    The 2019 RAV4 Hybrid is Toyota’s way of flexing its corporate might. It’s as if the automaker called on each of its departments to create the new hybrid crossover SUV. The folks from design coughed up some 4Runner and Tacoma cues to give it a butch look. The Lexus team chiseled the...

  • 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid  -  First Drive, Santa Barbara CA, Nov. 2019
    2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid: First drive of 17-mile, 35-mpg plug-in crossover

    To understand the complicated path for Subaru’s first plug-in hybrid, first we needed to hike a mile in the automaker’s shoes. OK, more like 10 miles, actually—driving the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid gingerly up a dusty, bouldered, steep trail, past signage cautioning...

  • Ford partners with Walmart for self-driving delivery service
    Toyota Corolla Hybrid, Tesla Autopilot safety, Rivian pickup: Today's Car News

    Toyota announces it will build a hybrid version of the Corolla. Rivian teases images of its upcoming electric pickup. Mercedes-Benz launches a consumer fuel-cell test fleet. And we crunch the accident-rate numbers on Tesla's Autopilot. All this and more on Green Car Reports. At a California event...

  • 2020 Toyota Corolla
    Toyota Corolla hybrid will join Prius next year

    The redesigned 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan will soon spawn a hybrid variant, the first gasoline-electric version of the automaker's popular compact car. Toyota made the announcement Thursday as it unveiled the Corolla sedan at simultaneous events in California and China, underscoring the model's...

  • All-wheel drive Toyota Prius teased

    Toyota has teased what is probably an all-wheel-drive Prius, slated for introduction at the Los Angeles auto show late this month. In studying the picture the company teased, with a Prius churning through the snow, it’s hard to come to another conclusion. The automaker says in a greeting-card-like teaser: “Fall is here, winter’s near, but the 2019 Prius performs on roads whether snowy or clear.” Refreshed styling is also due for the Prius lineup, which will as a whole inherit more of the Prius Prime's styling cues. Many found the design of the Prime to be more cohesive...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf
    Best deals on electric, plug-in, and hybrid cars for November 2018

    With the new 2019 model year in full swing, and the holidays around the corner, a lot of consumers are looking for new cars. That means the deals aren't quite as good as they were in August and September when dealers and automakers were trying to clear out old inventory in preparation for the new...

  • 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
    Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid recalled for stalling, fire risk

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 10,021 Chrysler plug-in hybrid vans for an issue that could result in a stall, or possibly the increased risk of a vehicle fire. In the vehicles affected—2017 and 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid models with production dates of August 16, 2016 through...

  • BMW iX3 Concept front 3/4
    BMW says 85 percent of cars will still have engines in 2030

    Once a leader in electric cars, BMW now says it expects 85 percent of its cars still to have internal combustion engines by 2030. Speaking to Australian reporters for GoAuto at the Paris auto show earlier in October, BMW board member for development Klaus Froehlich said, “A very optimistic...

  • 2019 Kia Niro
    2017-2018 Kia Niro hybrid recall concerns extra heat in the back seat

    Drive a 2017 Kia Niro (or a 2018) and find your back seat becoming a hot seat? It might be a good idea to stop driving it and call your dealership. In 2017 and some 2018 Kia Niro models, a main relay, within what’s called the power relay assembly, may not have adequate contact connections...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt
    Best deals on green cars for October 2018

    One of the best ways to get people to buy green cars is the same way automakers get consumers to buy any car—by making deals. Looking at October sales, among plug in cars other than Teslas, the bestsellers were those that offer the best deals from month to month. This month, many of the same...

  • 2019 Kia Niro EV

    For an automaker that’s pitching itself toward the fun side of the Hyundai Motor Group, the tone for the automaker’s sizable electric push soon sounds altogether like pants. “It’s all about what fits,” said Michael Winkler, director of powertrains for Kia in Europe. By the end of next year, Kia will offer in the U.S. all-electric versions of both the boxy Soul and the hatchback Niro. Neither have been officially confirmed by the automaker: the next-gen Soul is still in development, and the Niro EV just made its debut for Europe with no word for a version in the...

  • 2019 Volvo XC40
    Report: Volvo's parent company in talks with Toyota over hybrid systems

    Toyota revealed on Thursday that it is in talks with Chinese automaker Geely, which owns Volvo, about cooperation on hybrid vehicle technology, Reuters reported. As the company that has sold by far the most hybrids worldwide, the discussions could involve selling Toyota hybrid technology in Geely...

  • 2019 Honda Insight
    2019 Honda Insight recalled for rearview camera failure

    The 2019 Honda Insight hybrid hasn't been on sale for long; and yet Honda is already recalling more than 6,000 of them for a rearview camera failure. The problem affects another 226,000 vehicles—2018 Accord models, possibly including some Accord Hybrids. The screen may show up blank, with...

  • 2016 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid
    Out of juice: Infiniti Q50 Hybrid luxury sedan dropped

    The long-running Infiniti Q50 Hybrid luxury sedan won't return for 2019 in the U.S., the automaker said Thursday. Infiniti spokesman Kyle Bazemore confirmed the demise of the Q50 Hybrid this year for Green Car Reports. The automaker axed the Q70 Hybrid in July. Although Infiniti didn't report sales...

  • 2018 Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan pursuit-rated police car
    Ford requests exception to electric-car noise rule for police cruisers

    It's tough to sneak up on bad guys in a loud car. That's Ford's argument in requesting an exception to a long-awaited rule that will require electric cars to make noise when they're driving at low speeds, according to a report in The Verge. First proposed in 2010, the rule has had a long gestation...

  • Honda Clarity lineup at Honda R&D Center, Tochigi, Japan, June 2017
    Battery electrics steal sales from hybrids

    Strong sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids in California seem to have a downside. According to an analysis by the California New Car Dealers Association, all of those new plug-in cars are replacing traditional hybrids, not conventional cars. So the fuel and emissions savings aren’t...

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