Hybrids

  • 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

    Hyundai drops prices on refreshed Sonata Hybrid models, and adds features

  • 2017 Fiat 500e
    Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for April 2018

    Often, to sell electric cars, supporters and salespeople argue that buyers will save money in the long run from lower fuel (or power) bills. With deals up to $15,700 off and payments as low as $179 a month, several hybrid, electric, and fuel-efficient cars will cost less this month right up front...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium
    2019 Toyota Prius will be restyled to look more like Prime: report

    Global sales of compact hatchbacks are hardly surging, and fuel economy for all types of vehicles is steadily improving. Even given those factors, though, the fourth-generation Toyota Prius hybrid has had an especially rough road since its launch as a 2016 model. At just 108,661 deliveries across...

  • 2019 Honda Insight, 2018 New York auto show
    2019 Honda Insight: good-looking 50-mpg competitor for Prius hybrid

    Teased in January as a "concept" without an interior, the production version of the 2019 Honda Insight hybrid sedan has been revealed just before this week's New York auto show. EPA ratings aren't yet final, but Honda says the new Insight is projected to achieve "up to 55 mpg" on the city cycle...

  • 2019 Toyota RAV4, 2018 New York auto show
    Redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid debuts at New York auto show

    With buyers showing no signs of letup in their enthusiasm for crossovers of all sizes and shapes, the redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 couldn't be coming at a better time. The Toyota RAV4 small SUV became the company's single best-selling model in the U.S. last year, surging past its long-time champion...

  • 2019 Lexus UX
    2019 Lexus UX small SUV emerges in US trim, hybrid included, at NY auto show

    After a gestation period of 18 months, the 2019 Lexus UX small crossover utility vehicle is emerging in its U.S. form at this week's New York auto show. One full size smaller than the Lexus RX that launched the luxury crossover segment 20 years ago, the UX gives Toyota's luxury brand an entry in...

  • 2019 Ford Fusion Energi

    Ford was the first U.S. carmaker to sell a hybrid-electric vehicle, as well as the second to offer a plug-in hybrid. But since 2013, the carmaker hasn't released a single new electrified vehicle—including battery-electric cars as well as the two types of hybrids. Now, Ford has released details of its slightly updated 2019 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan, which includes not only the Hybrid version but also the Energi plug-in hybrid model. DON'T MISS: Ford's future hybrid, electric-car lineup: 5 things to know The front-end styling has been mildly revised, once again, for the seventh model...

  • 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid
    2018 Honda Accord Hybrid sedan to go on sale Friday, March 23

    While mid-size sedans are losing the U.S. sales battle to crossover utility vehicles, they still sell hundreds of thousands of units each year. An entirely redesigned Honda Accord launched for 2018 just a few months after a redesigned version of its U.S. arch-rival the Toyota Camry, but the Accord...

  • Ford's upcoming small off-road crossover SUV
    Ford's future hybrid, electric-car lineup: 5 things to know

    The "Ford Uncovered Future Product Forum" held Thursday for journalists was a break in recent tradition for Detroit's second-largest automaker. The abrupt firing of CEO Mark Fields last May was an indication that Ford's board of directors wasn't happy with progress in preparing the company for a...

  • Ford's future hybrids
    Ford to electrify most SUVs, promises to pass Toyota in hybrids

    Ford hasn’t given up on hybrids and electric cars, despite letting its existing models languish since 2013. That was the message conveyed by various executives at an event Thursday morning at the Ford Product Development Center in Dearborn, Michigan. The company will build a hybrid version of...

  • 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid
    Will 2021 Ford Escape bring back hybrid model (or plug-in hybrid)?

    Tomorrow, Ford is hosting journalists at an unusual event called "Ford Uncovered," at which it may discuss some of its future products for 2020 and beyond. Key among the questions that attendees will undoubtedly ask will be those about the company's strategy for electrified vehicles. While Ford was...

  • 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid
    2018 Honda Accord Hybrid rated by EPA at 47 mpg combined

    The EPA has now released the fuel-efficiency ratings for the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid, and they came in 1 mpg below the combined number the company had hoped to reach. At a drive event last fall, Honda said it hoped the redesigned Accord Hybrid could manage the same fuel-efficiency ratings as last...

  • 2018 Hyundai Elantra

    Not a lot has changed since last month: Buyers continue to move from passenger sedans to crossovers and trucks, and gasoline remains relatively cheap. That means you can pick up some bargains fuel-efficient and electrified vehicles. DON'T MISS: Lexus lowers hybrid prices a lot to cut premium over gasoline Our list of deals for March, courtesy of CarsDirect, includes a variety of discounts: low financing rates, cheap leases, and money off sticker prices. They cover a variety of vehicle types, with hybrids among the heavily discounted. Hybrids As it's done for a few months now, the 2018 Kia...

  • 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback
    2019 Toyota Corolla Hybrid hatchback debuts in Geneva for Europe

    Remember hatchbacks? Actually, come to think of it ... remember passenger cars? You know, the sedans and wagons and hatchbacks that don't have all-wheel drive and aren't jacked up 6 to 9 inches off the ground? They used to roam this fair land of ours, but lately, they seem to have been routed by...

  • 2018 Toyota Prius
    Toyota details next-generation hybrids, more efficient gasoline engines

    Cars with plugs may be the cleaner and greener future, but at the moment, they make up only about 1 percent of global sales approaching 100 million vehicles a year. That means that automakers continue to work ceaselessly on more efficient gasoline engines and lighter vehicles to put them in. Last...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, Dallas, Texas
    For six months, one in five Prius sales has been a plug-in hybrid

    A funny thing happened to Toyota Prius hybrid sales last month. Almost one in three Prius hybrids sold in the U.S. were the Prius Prime model—the one with a plug. Toyota may be the large automaker least friendly to cars that plug in, so what's that all about? DON'T MISS: Toyota Prius hybrid...

  • Lotus Safe & Sound noisemaker
    NHTSA finalizes quiet-car rule for hybrids, electrics, to take full effect in 2020

    The idea of adding noise-makers to vehicles that are "too quiet" didn't exist until the first hybrid-electric cars hit the market in 2000. Within a few years, however, organizations representing the blind began to raise alarms that cars operating at low speeds solely on electric power couldn't be...

  • Honda CR-V Hybrid introduced at 2017 Shanghai auto show
    Honda CR-V Hybrid to launch in Europe; still no word on US or Canada

    The Honda CR-V Hybrid, a more fuel-efficient version of the company's best-selling compact crossover, has been around for almost a year now. It's on sale in China, announced for Japan, and now, as of Tuesday, it's slated to arrive in European markets early in 2019. As for North America? The company...

  • 2019 Lexus UX

    The global new-vehicle market is moving toward crossover utility vehicles and SUVs, along with vehicles that look like them. Now the production version of another crossover, shown in concept form more than a year ago, will launch at the Geneva auto show—and Lexus has released one photo and a video that show the European version of the UX. The Lexus UX will be smaller than the current NX compact and RX mid-size crossover utilities now on sale in the U.S. DON'T MISS: Lexus UX small crossover utility still being studied for U.S. Based on the same underpinnings as the Toyota C-HR (nee...

  • Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup truck fitted with XL Hybrids upfitted hybrid-electric powertrain
    XL Hybrids adds Ford F-250 hybrid to F-150 plug-in hybrid pickups; production to start in March

    The idea of a Ford F-Series hybrid pickup truck has now been around since August 2011, but its maker now expects to launch such a truck sometime during 2020. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Boston-based XL Hybrids unveiled both a Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup fitted with its XLH hybrid system and an F-150...

  • 2018 Lexus RX L, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Lexus lowers hybrid prices to reduce premium over gasoline substantially

    Gas is cheap in the U.S. and has been for years. Hybrids are no longer a cutting-edge or cool technology; they're just another powertrain. The result is that hybrids have been quietly ebbing as a proportion of total vehicle sales. DON'T MISS: 2018 Lexus RX 450hL hybrid three-row SUV priced from...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius
    Toyota Prius recall in 2014 failed to fix problem, lawsuit says, may have cut mileage

    Early in 2014, Toyota filed a voluntary recall notice with the NHTSA to fix a defect in roughly 800,000 third-generation Prius Liftback hybrids sold in the U.S. from 2010 through 2014. The company said it would make unspecified changes to software that controlled the vehicle's inverter, which...

  • 2018 Subaru Crosstrek first drive
    Subaru plug-in hybrid to use Prius Prime parts, coming in 2019

    When Toyota and Mazda said last September they would form a joint venture to produce electric-car parts, that answered the question of where Mazda's future plug-in vehicles would get their electric running gear. But it sparked another question: Where did that leave Subaru, another small automaker...

  • 2018 Toyota Prius
    Maine to hit hybrids, electric cars with fees higher than gas tax?

    Maine has become the latest in a growing string of states to propose adding registration fees for hybrid and electric cars to make up for tax revenue on the gasoline they don't use, or use less of. But it's also part of a much smaller group of those states in which the fees are punitive: drivers of...

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