Hybrids

  • 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Feb 2016

    Toyota's popular RAV4 crossover utility vehicle will gain a new entry-level hybrid trim for the 2018 model year, offering a remarkably good price against a gasoline-only RAV4 crossover. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid LE trim lets buyers choose the greater fuel efficiency of a hybrid powertrain for only $1,325 more than an equivalent gas-powered RAV4 LE with AWD. The LE version of the RAV4 Hybrid bundles hybrid power, additional amenities, and all-wheel drive at a starting price of $28,130. DON'T MISS: 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: Gas Mileage Review News of the hybrid crossover's release came from a...

  • 2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4 plug-in hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, July 2017
    Oklahoma Supreme Court rules state's electric-car tax unconstitutional

    When the Oklahoma Legislature passed a bill earlier this year that imposed new fees on owners of hybrid and electric cars only, it was swiftly sued by the Sierra Club. Now the Oklahoma Supreme Court has rendered its verdict in that suit, filed in August. In a 6-3 decision, the state's highest court...

  • 2019 Toyota Prius V spy shot excerpt - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Toyota Prius V to shift from wagon to SUV design, but will it have AWD?

    With gas prices remaining cheap and all vehicles getting better fuel economy these days, utility vehicles are all the rage among U.S. buyers. Whether smaller crossovers or bigger SUVs, utilities have not only ended the market for traditional wagons but are eating significantly into sales of...

  • 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid
    2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid gas-mileage review: going the distance

    Toyota can’t be blamed for a lack of effort: The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid is dripping with it. From the creased hood and cascading brow to the Modernist center console enclosed by flickers of chrome, the mid-size stalwart is anything but lazy. Our first, limited exposure to the hybrid sedan...

  • XL Hybrids Ford F-250
    Ikea invests in hybrid-vehicle builder XL Hybrids

    XL Hybrids carved its niche in the vehicle-electrification segment by offering hybrid conversion kits for regular gasoline-powered vans, commercial trucks, and pickups. Thus far, the Boston-based start-up has found success and a recent round of venture capital funding raised another $22 million...

  • Bosch 48-volt lithium-ion battery for mild-hybrid systems
    Bosch creates off-the-shelf 48-volt battery for mild-hybrid systems

    Whether car buyers are ready or not, many future cars will boast some sort of electrification. The numerous announcements from automakers declare their brands will begin electrifying all vehicles post a certain date; to be clear, that does not mean cars will be solely electric. What it does likely...

  • 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e

    Following the debut of the smaller Land Rover Range Rover Sport P400e plug-in hybrid, the luxury SUV maker revealed its larger sibling: the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e. The Land Rover Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid is the larger of the two, but the SUV boasts an identical electrified powertrain to the Range Rover Sport P400e. Both plug-in hybrid SUVs come six years after the brand committed to introducing at least one plug-in hybrid Range Rover before 2020 but after 2015. DON'T MISS: 2019 Range Rover Sport P400e plug-in hybrid on sale in US in summer 2018: technical details The Range...

  • 2010 Lexus HS 250h
    2010 Lexus HS 250h sedans recalled for potential hybrid-system failure

    Some owners of the 2010 Lexus HS 250h will find an unfortunate notice in their mailboxes next month. Lexus has issued a recall of the hybrid car over the hybrid transaxle, which can potentially fail altogether. If an affected HS 250h's hybrid system does go kaput, the luxury brand says power...

  • 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid
    Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for October 2017

    Another month, another round of deals for hybrid, electric, and fuel-efficient cars. This month, many cars hold their spots as solid deals, but the offers have become slightly more generous for a few. The deals on diesel-powered vehicles have also been shaken up. So, without further ado, the best...

  • 2017 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid Platinum Edition
    Electrified cars start down the pay-per-month road

    A few taps at a smartphone will soon cue up white-gloved same-day delivery of a shiny, new Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid—if you happen to be in Atlanta. The Netflix of cars is finally here, although it's a bit more than than $11 you'll pay to binge watch "Entourage." MORE: 2017 Porsche Cayenne S...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, Dallas, Texas
    2017 Toyota Prius Prime real-world gas mileage, electric range review

    The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime is an automotive enigma. It proudly flaunts its eco-friendly credentials, yet its factory-rated 25 miles of electric range simply pales in comparison to the 53 miles advertised by the Chevrolet Volt. I hopped into a Titanium Glow (think beige) 2017 Prius Prime for a...

  • 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport P400e
    2019 Range Rover Sport P400e plug-in hybrid on sale in US in summer 2018: technical details

    Six years after Land Rover confirmed it would introduce a Range Rover plug-in hybrid, the luxury-SUV brand has now provided an official on-sale date. A 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid model will both go on sale in the United States in the summer of 2018, likely followed by a...

  • 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid

    It’s easy for the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid to get lost. Short of small “Hybrid” badges on the front fenders, not much on the car’s exterior says it's powered by electrons. There’s no plug-in variant for now (a role reserved to the Clarity Plug-In sedan), and the latest hybrid Accord is built alongside other Accords in Ohio this time around. Even the battery packs, which have been moved from the trunk to underneath the rear seats, don't intrude the way like they used to. Will buyers miss having less trunk space than other Accords? (Editor's Note: Probably not.)...

  • 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Catalina Island, CA, Sep 2017
    2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: first drive of plug-in hybrid SUV

    Not too many people will ever drive the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the plug-in hybrid version of the company's mid-size crossover utility vehicle. So it was fitting that the company launched the vehicle on dusty roads in the back country of Catalina Island: roads that not many people are...

  • Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Sesame Street advertisement
    Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid gets ad support from Sesame Street characters

    The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a one-of-a-kind vehicle, the sole plug-in hybrid minivan offered for sale in North America. Its early months were plagued by a powertrain recall for a potentially faulty diode within the power inverter module. Now, the Pacifica Hybrid is back on sale in its...

  • Johnson Controls 48-volt lithium-ion micro-hybrid battery
    48-volt mild hybrids heading toward ubiquity in Europe as diesel declines

    Public concerns over diesel cars, and their ebbing sales, have become a well-documented phenomenon in Europe after decades of popularity. When the VW diesel scandal exposed deliberate cheating, and real-world testing revealed that virtually no diesels certified for sale actually met emission...

  • Honda CR-V Hybrid prototype, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
    Honda CR-V Hybrid displayed in Frankfurt; US likely next, but when?

    Five months ago, Honda showed a hybrid version of its CR-V compact crossover utility vehicle at the Shanghai auto show. Now, a European version of the Honda CR-V Hybrid is being shown at this week's Frankfurt auto show. Having teased it twice around the world, will the hybrid crossover come to...

  • 2018 Chrysler Pacifica
    2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid sales have resumed after recall

    The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the sole plug-in hybrid minivan for sale anywhere in North America, but it hasn't had a particularly smooth rollout. Its seven seats and 33 miles of EPA-rated electric range make it appealing to families who want a plug-in vehicle with more than five seats and more...

  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

    The Toyota Prius is undoubtedly the world's best-known hybrid car, and it's now been in production over four generations for more than 20 years. There have been more than 6 million Priuses built so far, and the U.S. represents the car's largest single market. That means lots of current Prius drivers exist on U.S. roads. DON'T MISS: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid: gas mileage review Now, Hyundai is targeting them as potential buyers of its new Ioniq Hybrid. The five-door compact hatchback is rated at 54 mpg combined for the regular version, and 58 mpg for a special Ioniq Hybrid Blue model, beating...

  • 2018 Lexus NX
    2018 Lexus NX Hybrid gets more safety equipment at lower price

    Drivers shopping the luxury crossover market have a new proposition to consider, and it comes with hybrid power. The updated 2018 Lexus NX 300h hybrid crossover will go on sale with a recommended price that's actually lower than the outgoing 2017 model. Despite the price drop, this year's hybrid NX...

  • Mark Webber driving a 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid in London
    Uber to go all electric or hybrid in London by 2020, ban diesels, add clean-air fee to rides

    Uber has announced it will require its 40,000 drivers in London to switch to hybrid or fully electric cars, and ban diesel vehicles from its fleet, by the end of 2019. By the end of 2021, it will extend that policy throughout the United Kingdom, where it presently operates in 40 cities. Uber said...

  • Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid (U.K. version)
    2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid goes on sale in UK

    The Kia Niro Hybrid has been on sale in the United States since early 2017, but at its launch, the brand promised a plug-in hybrid version would arrive by the end of this year as well. Ahead of its U.S. launch, the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid has now arrived in the United Kingdom with a 36-mile rated...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium
    What happens to plug-in hybrids over time? Take our Twitter poll

    Last week, for the first time, we reminded regular readers about our regular Twitter poll in an article announcing the question of the week. That article seems to have earned us about three times as many responses as in previous polls, so we're going to make it a regular practice henceforth. This...

  • Cadillac XT5 Hybrid China
    Cadillac XT5 crossover gets mild-hybrid system in China

    Cadillac revealed its latest addition to the XT5 crossover range in China at the Chengdu auto show—and it has fuel efficiency in mind. General Motors' luxury division introduced the Cadillac XT5 Hybrid, which replaces two trim levels solely powered by gasoline engines. The Cadillac XT5 Hybrid...