Mid-Size Cars

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, Hudson Valley, NY, Apr 2018

    For several years, the Chevrolet Volt was the sole plug-in hybrid with electric range notably above 20 miles—though it became clear Chevy never figured out how to market its virtues to the public at large. Now it has a strong competitor in the form of the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, a mid-size sedan with five seats and a rated 48 miles of electric range that offers far more interior space than the Volt and equals its 42-mpg combined fuel-economy rating. We first drove the plug-in Clarity in December, and now we've had a chance to spend four days with it, covering 570 miles. DON'T...

  • 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...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid drive, Napa Valley, Caifornia, Dec 2017
    Which Honda Clarity would you buy: electric, plug-in hybrid, or fuel cell? Take our Twitter poll

    The Clarity sedan will encompass three models: a battery electric with 114-mile range, a 42-mile plug-in hybrid, and a fuel-cell vehicle

  • 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2018 New York auto show
    2019 Hyundai Santa Fe launched with diesel; hybrid, plug-in hybrid for US or not?

    Along with the 250-mile 2019 Kona Electric hatchback it launched Wednesday at the New York Auto Show, Hyundai unveiled an entirely redesigned version of a much higher-volume vehicle. That's the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe mid-size crossover utility vehicle, which gains size, features, and considerably...

  • 2019 Ford Fusion Energi
    2019 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid gets 25 miles from revised battery

    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...

  • 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...

  • 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid

    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 year's model: 49 mpg city, 47 highway, 48 combined—or perhaps slightly better. But in fact the hybrid 2018 Accord comes in at 47 mpg across the board, for city, highway, and combined ratings. DON'T MISS: 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid first drive review: lighter shade of green That's no longer the...

  • 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
    2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid video preview

    As they say: If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. The first Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, launched for 2011, wasn't one of the better examples of the class for drivability. But Hyundai has updated its mid-size hybrid three times since then, with each generation getting markedly better. DON'T...

  • 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
    2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid released at Chicago auto show

    What the auto industry calls a "mid-cycle refresh" can range from indistinguishable to very evident. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid falls into the latter category, with new front and rear styling, changes to the interior and dashboard, and numerous added safety and connectivity features. The hybrid...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell at hydrogen fueling station  [photo: Chris Baccus]
    Why a Fiat 500e driver got a Honda Clarity Fuel Cell as his next green car: low cost

    When marketing executive Chris Baccus leased a 2015 Fiat 500e three years ago, he intended to keep his 2007 BMW 335i as a "fun car," and use the electric Fiat just for commuting. Within six months, he'd sold the BMW altogether. Part of his interest in the Fiat, he admitted, came from an article...

  • 2019 Kia Sorento
    Kia Sorento Diesel crossover utility vehicle confirmed by company

    With Volkswagen having left a gaping void in the North American market for diesel vehicles, other automakers are taking a chance at exploiting the fuel for their own market-share gains. The latest entrant is Kia, which—for the first time in its 24-year U.S. history—will have a...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid   [photo: owner 'Viking79']
    2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid: early owner's first impressions

    We only published our first-drive report on the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid last week, and the car is just now showing up at Honda dealers across the country. But that means the first examples are already been bought and driven. A couple of readers indicated that they were among the buyers...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid drive, Napa Valley, Caifornia, Dec 2017

    There's a new plug-in hybrid in town, and it could expand the audience for cars that provide useful electric range for daily driving while retaining an efficient gasoline engine for longer trips. The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is the third and most important model in the Clarity lineup, which already includes the hydrogen Fuel Cell model as well as a 89-mile battery-electric version. Both those cars are sold in low volumes in California only; the plug-in Clarity will be the high-volume entry, at up to 20,000 sales a year, according to Honda. DON'T MISS: 2018 Honda Clarity full range -...

  • 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE, Willamette Valley, Oregon, June 2017
    2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid video road test

    The 2018 Toyota Camry is the latest generation of the car that launched a category—the mid-size hybrid sedan—way back in 2007. While competitors in that segment now include the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima, the Camry Hybrid remains one of the most...

  • 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
    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...

  • 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...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
    2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid rated at 47 miles of range

    While there will be three distinct powertrains offered in the Honda Clarity mid-size sedan, most U.S. shoppers will only ever see one of them on sale. That's the plug-in hybrid, which will go on sale "later this year" as the sole Clarity to be offered at all Honda dealers. Now the 2018 Honda...

  • 2018 Honda Accord

    Over three sporadic model years, the hybrid version of the Honda Accord mid-size sedan has led a peripatetic life. The 2014 and 2015 Accord Hybrid was built in Marysville, Ohio, along with almost all the rest of the Accords sold in North America, its largest market. It skipped 2016 altogether, and then a slightly revised 2017 version was relocated to an assembly plant in Japan. DON'T MISS: 2018 Honda Accord prototype first drive: V-6 deep-sixed, and better Now, the new 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid—with an updated version of the two-motor hybrid system in an entirely redesigned body—is...

  • 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE, Willamette Valley, Oregon, June 2017
    2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid first drive

    The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient version of all-new range of Toyota's popular mid-size sedan, its best-selling vehicle in the U.S. until very recently. The new Camry Hybrid is based on some of the same underpinnings as the 2016 Prius, and uses that car's updated hybrid system...

  • 2017 Honda Clarity Electric
    2017 Honda Clarity Electric to lease for $269 a month, starting in August

    What would you pay to lease a smooth, quiet, comfortable, relatively luxurious mid-size electric sedan with only about 90 miles of range? Honda hopes the answer is $269 a month with $1,730 down, on a three-year lease that takes advantage of the federal income-tax credit for electric-car purchase...

  • Honda Clarity series with Green Car Reports editor John Voelcker at Honda R&D Center, Tochigi, Japan
    Honda Clarity Electric, Plug-In Hybrid: first drives, impressions

    In March, we spent most of a day with the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, the first of three variants of the Clarity mid-size sedan to go on sale in the U.S. Leases of the hydrogen-powered Clarity will be limited for the foreseeable future to residents of those areas of California near to hydrogen fueling...

  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic, Finger Lakes region, NY, April 2017
    2017 Mercedes-Benz E300: gas mileage review

    The Mercedes-Benz E-Class luxury sedan is hardly viewed as green, even if it'll soon have a plug-in hybrid version offered in small numbers. But driving the most recent generation provides a nice case study of the improvement in gas mileage over three decades of updates to the core product that...

  • 2018 Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan pursuit-rated police car
    What does it take to turn a Ford Fusion Hybrid into a Police Responder?

    The hybrid mid-size sedans sold today by Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, and Toyota are all tuned to provide maximum fuel economy. So what did it take to fashion a standard Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan into the 2018 Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan that Ford introduced yesterday? The company's...

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