Hybrids

  • 2018 Volvo XC90

    It's a shock to realize that the Volvo XC90 large luxury SUV is now in its third model year. The first new Volvo in more than five years when it debuted in 2016, the seven-seat XC90 was an entirely new design that redefined luxury in a Swedish vein and won numerous awards, including North American Utility Vehicle of the Year. It also came with a plug-in hybrid version at the top of the line, known as the T8 "Twin Engine" model. DON'T MISS: 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid 'Twin Engine': First Drive Now, the 2018 Volvo XC90 T8 has received a battery upgrade. The battery rises in capacity from...

  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue, Catskill Mountains, NY, Nov 2017
    2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid: further thoughts on 50 mpg after 1,200 miles

    We've now spent more than 1,200 miles in a variety of Hyundai Ioniqs, but the bulk of them were covered in the conventional hybrid version of the five-door compact hatchback. That's the highest-volume version, while the battery-powered Ioniq Electric sells in lower numbers and the plug-in hybrid...

  • 2018 Ford Escape
    2019 Ford Escape to get plug-in hybrid, plus Expedition SUV hybrid, Lincoln versions too: report

    In recent years, Ford Motor Company's plans for putting more plug-in electric cars on the road have been, shall we say, murky. GM has the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, sales of its Chevy Bolt EV 238-mile electric car have risen every month, and it plans a pair of all-electric SUVs by...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius V
    Toyota Prius V hybrid wagon ends U.S. run; RAV4 Hybrid took its sales

    After six model years, the 2017 Toyota Prius V will soon leave the stage, and there will be no 2018 version. Toyota has confirmed to Green Car Reports that it is ending production of the hybrid wagon for the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The reason is simple: Its sales have fallen considerably since the...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
    2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid starts at $34,290 with 47-mile range

    The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid will start at a recommended price of $34,290 including delivery, making it the least expensive plug-in hybrid sedan on the market this year. Honda says it will go on sale December 1, and it will be offered at all Honda dealers in the U.S. That means that for...

  • 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE, Willamette Valley, Oregon, June 2017
    Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for November 2017

    This month's best deals for hybrid, electric, and fuel-efficient cars are in and buyers will find a handful of eco-friendly bargains. Most cars have held their spots from October 2017, but a few newcomers may surprise shoppers, including the brand-new 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Read on to see where...

  • 2018 Ford C-Max

    The Ford C-Max, launched as a 2013 model, never really served the purpose its maker intended. The tall five-door compact hatchback was intended to be Ford's counter to the successful Toyota Prius hybrid line, more stylish and comfortable inside with almost the same fuel-economy rating. Its owners' real-world experience, however, bore no resemblance to the car's EPA fuel-economy ratings. DON'T MISS: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid: First Drive (Nov 2012) In the end, Ford was forced to reduce the C-Max Hybrid EPA ratings not once but twice, and the energy efficiency and electric range of...

  • 2018 Hyundai Ioniq
    Finalist for Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2018: Hyundai Ioniq

    Hyundai is known in the auto industry as an aggressive and very capable competitor, and the world's largest makers watch it closely and take it very seriously. The company didn't introduce its first hybrid car in the U.S. until 2011 and, frankly, that year's hybrid Sonata sedan wasn't very good...

  • Toyota PriuSRT8 by American Racing Headers
    What is a Toyota Prius Hellcat? You may not want to know

    The huge annual SEMA show for builders and owners of highly customized cars brings out some truly bizarre creations. Only at SEMA will you see vehicles like the one-of-a-kind PriuSRT8, a Toyota Prius with a gas-guzzling V-8 engine under its hood that effectively turns the hybrid's green credentials...

  • Workhorse W-15 extended-range electric pickup truck
    Workhorse CEO: $300 million in preorders for plug-in hybrid pickup trucks

    Over seven years of plug-in electric cars and 20 years of hybrids, the pickup truck sector remains largely untouched. GM sold hybrid Chevrolet and GMC pickups for a few years, and Ford plans an F-150 hybrid in 2020. A startup company now called Workhorse (nee AMP) noticed that white space and made...

  • 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
    Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2018 finalist: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

    If ever a green family vehicle had a rocky launch, it would be the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Only two months after deliveries of the eagerly awaited plug-in hybrid seven-seat minivan began in April, sales were halted for several when a potentially faulty diode was identified. In June, 1,368...

  • 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Feb 2016
    New entry-level 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid LE model starts at $28,100

    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...

  • 2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4 plug-in hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, July 2017

    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 struck down the bill as an unconstitutional tax on electric- and hybrid-vehicle owners. DON'T MISS: Norway proposes electric car tax that could affect Tesla significantly The court said the tax was untethered from a regulatory purpose and simply sought to impose a new financial burden and raise...

  • 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
    2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid revealed, on sale in US next year

    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...

  • 2010 Lexus HS 250h

    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 steering and brake assist functions will work normally, but the system's shutdown increases the risk of a crash at higher speeds. DON'T MISS: Lexus Discontinues The HS 250h Hybrid, Quietly This latest issue marks the seventh time Lexus has recalled the HS 250h since 2010. Lexus says 18,000 HS 250h hybrids...

  • 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
    2018 Honda Accord Hybrid first drive review: lighter shade of green

    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...

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