Hybrids

  • 2019 Kia Niro

    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. The result could be increased electrical resistance—with excess heat, and potentially fire. Warning signs could include an HEV warning light while driving, and/or an inability to start the car. READ THIS: 2018 Kia Niro PHEV gas mileage review: outrunning expectations In documents filed for the...

  • 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
    One size won't fit all for future Kia EVs

    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...

  • 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

    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, and is set to finally take effect in 2020. Many electric cars already comply. DON'T MISS: NHTSA finalizes quiet-car rule for hybrids, electrics, to take full effect in 2020 The rule is designed to protect sight-impaired pedestrians who have long complained that they can't hear electric cars and...

  • 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...

  • 2016 Toyota Prius, Catskill Mountains, NY, Dec 2015
    Toyota recalls 2016-2018 Prius models for fire risk

    Toyota is launching one of its largest recalls on one of its most popular models—the Prius hybrid. Covering all Toyota Prius and Prius Plug-in models built between June 2015 and May 2018, the recall involves a wiring harness for the car's hybrid power control unit, which can chafe and start a...

  • 2019 Honda Insight
    2019 Honda Insight review update: Putting the Civic on notice

    That sound you hear isn’t the 2019 Honda Insight’s hybrid powertrain whirring along. It’s the undertaker coming for the vaunted Honda Civic nameplate. The 2019 Insight isn’t just a better hybrid, it’s a better compact car. I spent a week moseying around in an Insight...

  • 2019 Honda Insight
    2019 Honda Insight hybrid earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

    In its latest round of safety tests, the IIHS has awarded the 2019 Honda Insight hybrid its Top Safety Pick+ award. The Top Safety Pick+ is the Institute's highest award, given to cars that perform well in a wide battery of crashes, headlight evaluations, and automatic emergency braking tests. The...

  • XL Hybrids Ford F-250 XL3 Hybrid
    XL trucks' Ford F-250 Hybrid gets California approval

    There's no way to save more fuel than to do it in something that already uses a lot of it. That's what hybrid truck "upfitter" XL aims to do by adding hybrid and even plug-in hybrid systems to Ford pickups. On Tuesday, the Massachusetts-based company announced that it received certification to sell...

  • 2019 Ford Fusion Energi

    Ford is boosting the battery size and electric range of its Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid sedan for 2019. The new battery will store 9 kwh, up from 7 kwh, to give the 2019 Fusion Energi a range of 25 electric miles, up from 21 miles. The bigger battery should make the Fusion Energi more competitive with alternatives such as the Toyota Prius Prime, which also has 25 miles of electric range, as well as the Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid, with 28 miles, and the Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid with 29 miles. CHECK OUT: Ford's future 300-mile all-electric performance SUV: what we know The 2019 Fusion...

  • 2018 Toyota Prius c
    2019 Toyota Prius C preview: $900 price increase, fewer options

    The most affordable hybrid on the market just got a little less so. The 2019 Toyota Prius C will cost $900 more, with a sticker of $22,450, including destination, based on a recent official price list released by Toyota and shared by our partners at CarsDirect. Toyota has replaced its traditional...

  • 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e
    2019 Land Rover releases pricing for Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid

    By 2024, Land Rover will have a whole new lineup of hybrid and electric luxury SUVs. As we learned yesterday, that lineup will include plug-in hybrid and electric versions of its small Evoque crossover SUV. Now the company has released pricing for its largest, most luxurious plug-in hybrid, the...

  • 2018 Infiniti Q70
    Slow-selling Infiniti Q70 Hybrid quietly axed for 2019

    The Infiniti Q70 Hybrid won't make it to 2019, the automaker announced last week. Infiniti dropped the full-size, electrified luxury sedan from the lineup after 2018. The car debuted in 2011 as the M37 Hybrid, but sales of the hybrid version always paled in comparison to the gas V-6 and V-8...

  • Terrafugia prototype in flight
    Final Terrafugia prototype flying car ready to take to the air

    Sometimes a hybrid is more than a hybrid. The Terrafugia uses a hybrid powertain as it drives down the road. It's also a hybrid car and airplane. Even in the sky, it can make use of hybrid power. Terrafugia started in 2005 and designed what observers have called a "flying car," and it plans to put...

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid
    2018 Kia Niro PHEV gas mileage review: outrunning expectations

    Competition improves the breed. And that’s exactly what the Kia Niro brings to hybrids like the Toyota Prius and Prius Prime. Compared with the Prius, the Niro is taller and roomier. Likely to its benefit, it looks like a small crossover SUV, though with only front-wheel drive, it's no kind...

  • 2018 Lexus GS F

    Tesla shook up the luxury car world by showing that performance cars could be electric. After the German brands followed suit, Lexus could be the latest automaker to follow suit. In an interview at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed, brand CEO Yoshihiro Sawa told British auto magazine AutoExpress that Lexus may add hybrid power to is F Sport lineup. Historically, Lexus's parent, Toyota, has gained success by sticking to its knitting. Toyotas are mostly efficient and affordable. Lexuses are mostly luxury. Sporty buyers want thundering V-8s, V-10s, and turbochargers, according to the old...

  • 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
    2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV gas mileage review: practical and efficient

    The Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid is something of a missing link in the market for plug-in cars. There are finally plenty of choices for those who want to dispense with gas entirely and buy a small hatchback. Several electric SUVs are coming, but the only one that really lives up to the...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt
    2019 Chevy Volt gets faster charging, stronger regen, more luxury features

    Updates to the 2019 Chevrolet Volt will help experienced electric-car drivers maximize their electric driving and minimize the times the gas engine needs to run. The biggest improvement is a new 7.2-kw on-board charger that can effectively cut charge times in half. The advantage for Volt drivers...

  • 2019 Honda Insight
    2019 Honda Insight first drive mpg review: 55 mpg from hybrid sedan

    Last week, we drove the new 2019 Honda Insight sedan and found Honda's newest compact hybrid roomy and comfortable. During our drive around Minneapolis, its exurbs, and into Wisconsin, we wanted to put to the test Honda's claims that its 1.5-liter inline-4 and 96-kw electric motor combination could...

  • 2019 Honda Insight
    2019 Honda Insight video review

    You could be forgiven for not remembering the two Honda vehicles that have worn an Insight badge before. The first was a quirky hatchback two-seater that struggled for acceptance with mainstream buyers. The second was a Prius-like Prius fighter, egg shape and all. This 2019 Honda Insight is the...

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
    2018 Kia Niro hybrid nets top Safety Pick+ award, when properly equipped

    Tick all the right boxes and the 2018 Kia Niro earns a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, the crash-testing agency said last week. To get to the highest-rated Niro, buyers need to opt for LED headlights and automatic emergency braking, features that can be paired together only on the Niro EX...

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