Hybrids

  • 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

    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 automotive ideal of driving anywhere you want at a moment's notice is the $80,000-and-up Tesla Model X with its access to Tesla’s Supercharger network. (Once VW finishes building out its Electrify America network in another six years, other electric SUVs will have similar access.) With two cars in...

  • 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...

  • Ford Fusion Hybrid Taxi
    New Ford cab take stabs at fuel-efficient powertrains

    If you're like us, you can remember seas of yellow Ford Crown Victorias dashing through cramped city streets, shuttling tourists and Carrie Bradshaws through New York City. If you're like us, you're also probably old. Ford on Thursday debuted two new taxis for fleet service next year with twists...

  • New Ford Police Interceptor

    Police work may be ideal proving grounds to convince skeptical shoppers that hybrids can consistently perform when duty calls. Despite skepticism from some that electrification could add complexity and maintenance costs to large fleets, Ford confirmed Tuesday that its next-generation Police Interceptor Utility (based on the next-generation Explorer) will have a standard hybrid powertrain when it goes on sale next summer. Already this year, Ford confirmed that the Explorer—and all its new utility vehicles—would be available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or both as part of a...

  • Battery pack assembly for 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV electric car at GM's Brownstown, Michigan, plant
    GM, Honda partner on next-generation electric-car batteries

    General Motors and Honda have announced a partnership to develop smaller, lighter batteries to be used in the next generation of electric cars from both companies. The battery agreement specifies that the companies will collaborate using GM's next-generation battery technology. Honda will buy...

  • 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T first drive
    So nice, why not twice? Two hybrids planned for next-generation Porsche 911

    Taking a page from its successful Cayenne and Panamera E-Hybrids, which have seen the biggest sales jumps of any plug-in cars in recent monthly sales reports, Porsche is planning to build two new hybrid versions of its defining 911 sports car. The 911 is being redesigned for 2019, code named 992...

  • 2017 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar
    Volvo ditches diesel, but will half its cars be electric by 2024?

    Volvo says it is going all-in on electric cars in an effort to turn the company into something of a Tesla alternative. To that end, the company has announced that half its cars will be battery electric models by 2024, according to a report in Road & Track earlier this year. It has also...

  • Chrysler Pacifica hybrid bear c ommercial still
    Why aren't automakers advertising electric cars? Maybe they are

    Sometimes you have to build a market when there's not one to cater to. How else would Ford have begun selling 300,000 Explorers a year when they were based on a rough-riding, antiquated (even then) Ranger pickup? Ford disseminated images in front of millions of American eyeballs of Explorers...

  • 2019 Honda Insight
    Honda starts production of new Insight hybrid in Indiana

    Honda announced that it began building its third-generation Insight hybrid at its factory in Indiana this week. The company first introduced a concept version of the car at the Detroit auto show in January, and showed the production version in New York in March. This is the third generation of the...

  • 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

    Electrified cars are all too often about numbers: electric-only range, charging time, kilowatt-hours, and, of course, value. When it comes to an electrified luxury crossover like the 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, the default knee-jerk reaction is to throw out that last one. Except… don’t. READ THIS: 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid: the subtly earthy type At $81,000, it’s cheaper than the twin-turbo Cayenne S, by about $4,000, and it’s a better performer. Value is relative, after all. Suddenly, electrification has hit the mainstream at Porsche—although we’re...

  • 2018 Subaru Crosstrek first drive
    New Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid coming for 2019

    Subaru announced Friday that its long-awaited Crosstrek Hybrid, a plug-in model, will go on sale as a 2019. Last month, Car and Driver reported that Subaru filed the trademark name Evoltis with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, leading to speculation that the name could be applied to the...

  • 2012, 2013, and 2014 Toyota Prius
    Toyota may let mechanics repair faulty recall inverters on older Prius

    Toyota may supply independent mechanics with parts and instructions for repairing, but not replacing, potentially faulty inverters on certain 2014 Prius models, Green Car Reports has learned. According to Automotive Career Development Center founder Craig Van Batenberg, Toyota for the first time...

  • 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid
    Plug-in electric car sales for April: Leaf sales lag, spendy Porsches take off

    The landscape for plug-in electric and hybrid cars appears to be little changed.

  • 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid
    2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid: late to the party, but at least it won't drink much

    Just as most automakers gear up to announce their 2019 models, the 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid is arriving in showrooms scattered across select markets in the U.S. To mark the new year (is it still new?), the Rogue Hybrid's price is up about $800 over last year to $27,995 for the base SV trim level...

  • 2019 Toyota Avalon
    2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid first drive review: understated efficiency

    In our testing the Avalon Hybrid seemed in line with what full-size buyers would expect from their sedans. It’s a smooth ride with effortless efficiency.

  • 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

    The 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid doesn't boast about its plug-in hybrid, eco-friendly credentials. Instead of a big charge port conspicuously placed on one front fender, the Cayenne has matching covers for fuel or electricity on either side of the vehicle. They're part of its dual-nature: one part a high-performance crossover SUV that's just a hair slower the Cayenne Turbo; another part looking toward an electrified future where internal combustion engines may be outlawed in urban environs. MORE: Read our Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid first drive review To achieve the latter, Porsche...

  • 2001 Toyota Prius Sedan
    Jay Leno says Toyota Prius will someday be collectible

    Car collectors also gravitate towards car that represented turning points in automotive technology or design, and the Prius does that in spades.

  • 2018 Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid
    2018 Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid road-trip review: a case for high-mpg sedans

    Though sedans might lack the high seating position of crossovers, the Camry remains proof that they’re more stable, quieter, and guzzle far less gas. They’re also cheaper.

  • 2018 Lexus LC 500h
    New Honda electric car, sporty Lexus hybrid review, how gas engines will get better mpg: Today's Car News

    After Lexus introduced a new ES 300h hybrid yesterday, we finished out test drive in the considerably more luxurious LC 500h coupe. Honda introduced its new electric car for China, and it's based on the small HR-V SUV that it sells here. And we take a deep dive into the next technology that will...

  • 2018 Lexus LC 500h
    2018 Lexus LC 500h gas mileage review

    As the industry marches toward greener cars, battery and hybrid drivetrains are expanding into vehicle segments never before concerned with fuel economy ratings or much with emissions. No segment is excluded from this progress, not even luxury grand tourers. Toyota, along with its luxury division...

  • 2019 Lexus ES 300h
    2019 Lexus ES revealed, features 44-mpg 300h hybrid sedan

    Lexus unveiled Tuesday its newest ES sedan, and the mid-size luxury stalwart appears to have an edgier attitude. The big news for readers interested in green cars is that the new ES 300h hybrid is rated at 44 mpg, up 10 percent from the previous model. The ES has always been a version of a Toyota...

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