Mid-size sedan

  • 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Nov 2013

    For 2014, our fourth annual Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy award goes to the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid. This new model of the redesigned Honda Accord sedan introduced last year is comfortable, quiet, stylish--and delivers real-world fuel economy from 40 mpg to as much as 52 mpg. And that's Toyota Prius liftback territory, in a mid-size sedan that's neither as polarizing nor limited to the underwhelming performance of Toyota's quintessential hybrid. Alert readers noticed we didn't post a nominee description of the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid; that's because we've spent the last week driving...

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, test drive, Catskill Mountains, NY, Mar 2013
    Sweet Spot For Hybrid Cars In U.S. Market: Mid-Size Sedans?

    What kind of hybrid car do you want to buy? Poll the automakers about what kind of hybrids they think will sell, and one answer comes back. The sweet spot for hybrids, as their model lineups show, is mid-size sedans--both mainstream and now increasingly luxury makes. Consider the lineup of...

  • 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
    2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Arrives This Fall, Rated At 47 MPG

    The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, a mid-size sedan that competes with hybrid models of the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, and Toyota Camry, will go on sale in October, its maker said today. 47 mpg combined With a more powerful electric motor than its competitors, the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid...

  • 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, April 2013
    2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: Gas Mileage Test Drive

    We weren't big fans of the first Sonata Hybrid when Hyundai launched it for the 2011 model year. But the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has numerous updates and modifications that improve its driveability--the characteristic that can sink hybrids when buyers test them. We found the hybrid 2013 Sonata...

  • 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
    2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Sales Finally Tick Up On Availability

    There's a new hybrid in the mix these days--or at least a new version of one that's been on the market for a couple of years. The 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid has now, finally, rolled out nationwide. It follows a troubled launch for the latest generation MKZ mid-size luxury sedan that even Lincoln...

  • 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid drive event, NYC area, April 2013
    2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: First Drive

    When we first drove the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid in the fall of 2010, it was a pre-production car and--frankly--it wasn't very smooth. The 2011 Sonata Hybrid production car was better, but far from the standards of the best hybrids. Now the Korean carmaker has taken another crack at the car, with...

  • 2013 Hyundai Sonata

    The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is the third year for the carmaker's first hybrid-electric vehicle. And Hyundai's made some minor updates to the mid-size hybrid sedan that competes head-to-head with the Toyota Camry Hybrid (which pioneered the segment), the Ford Fusion Hybrid, and later this year the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid as well. For the new model year, the peak output of the Sonata Hybrid's electric motor has risen from 30 to 35 kilowatts (40 to 47 horsepower). The motor is sandwiched between an updated version of Hyundai's 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, optimized to run on the...

  • 2014 Mazda Mazda6
    2014 Mazda6 Sedan: 31 MPG Combined (Or So), But Not For Sale

    In olden days, new models for the following year came out in September. Now, they're all over the calendar. The latest example is the 2014 Mazda Mazda6 sedan, of which several hundred already sit in Mazda showrooms across the country. Its highly efficient 184-hp SkyActiv 2.5-liter four-cylinder...

  • 2013 Nissan Altima
    Green Car Reports 2013 Best Car To Buy Nominee: Nissan Altima

    Not all green cars are hybrids, diesels, or plug-ins. And with new fuel economy regulations now set through 2025, all cars are going to get more efficient--gasoline cars first and foremost. The new 2013 Nissan Altima mid-size sedan has the highest EPA rating for combined gas mileage of any gasoline...

  • 2013 Ford Fusion
    Green Car Reports 2013 Best Car To Buy Nominee: Ford Fusion

    The new 2013 Ford Fusion is stunning on the street; it may well be the best-looking mid-size sedan on the market. And it comes with no fewer than five different powertrains, all of them as or more fuel efficient as those in the previous Fusion sedan. The first Fusion in 2005 started to re-establish...

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, New York City
    2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Very Short First Drive

    Memo to carmakers: Midtown Manhattan on a weekday can be a challenging, frustrating place to hold a test drive. Two days ago, we drove the new 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid at a Ford media event, one of a handful across the country to show off its redesigned mid-size sedan. The 2013 Fusion will be...

  • 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid
    2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid: First Drive

    Last week, Honda released the specs and photos for its 2014 Accord Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid. Now, we can talk about what it's like on the road. The short answer? Like the Ford C-Max Hybrid, it offers new and strong competition for a model of the well-established Toyota Prius--in this case, the...

  • 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid

    Honda was the second carmaker in the world to launch a line of hybrid vehicles, though its compact and subcompact mild hybrids have long been overshadowed by Toyota's dominant Prius models. That may be about to change. Early next year, a new 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid--and equally significant, a 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid--will put Honda squarely into the crucial and competitive segment of mid-size hybrid sedans. The new pair of Accord Hybrids, one without a plug and one with, will face off against the Prius Liftback (which has its own plug-in model) and the upcoming 2013 Ford Fusion...

  • 2013 Honda Accord sedan
    2013 Honda Accord: First Images Of All-New Midsize Cars With Plug-In Hybrid Model

    Used to be, cars were unveiled at auto shows. These days, their makers reveal them in little bits and pieces, just as the best ecdysiasts do (that's "strippers" to you). So today we have the first images of the redesigned 2013 Honda Accord sedan and coupe, the powerhouse mid-size line that competes...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco
    Cheaper, Older Outgoing 2012 Chevy Malibu More Popular Than New 2013 Malibu Eco Model

    When an existing car model gets redesigned for a new model year, automakers and dealers often offer big discounts and incentives to anyone willing to buy the outgoing model. Usually, some car buyers choose to buy the discounted outgoing model, while others opt for the newer model, but according to...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco
    2013 Chevrolet Malibu Priced At $23,150 (Sans Eco)

    Launching the greenest model of a car first isn't all that common. Often carmakers want to get their high-end luxury variants out in front to draw attention to a new car. While the 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco has been out for several months, Chevrolet has just now priced the standard 2013 Malibu model...

  • 2013 Lexus ES 300h
    2013 Lexus ES 300h: First Drive

    When Lexus rolled out its HS 250h hybrid sedan a few years ago, there was a lot of head-scratching. The HS 250h was rather cramped inside, had a powertrain that was way too noisy for a Lexus, and was rated at just 35 mpg city, 34 highway—barely better than the Camry Hybrid of the time, which...

  • 2013 Nissan Altima 2.5SL
    2013 Nissan Altima: 31-MPG Combined Rating For Mid-Size Sedan

    Today's the day when we can talk about the all-new 2013 Nissan Altima, the latest generation of Nissan's remarkably successful mid-size sedan. And its anticipated combined EPA rating of 31 mpg puts it at the top of its competitive set, bettering the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Ford...

  • 2013 Ford Fusion

    Now that we're back from the Detroit Auto Show, we can say with confidence that the two most important cars of the show were the 2013 Ford Fusion and the 2013 Dodge Dart. The 2013 Fusion in particular got rave reviews for its styling--which blended elements of Audi A7 and even a hint of Aston-Martin sports car in the grille forms--and high hopes for the real-world gas mileage of its array of high-efficiency four-cylinder engines. Crowds clustered around the many Fusions in the Ford display, and it's worth noting that the outgoing 2012 model had its best sales year ever, which should bode well...

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
    2013 Ford Fusion: Full Details Of All-New Mid-Size Sedan At Detroit Auto Show

    Unlike most cars, the current Ford Fusion is selling better now than it has at any time during its eight-year model run. That's a great lead-in for Ford, which is launching the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion at the Detroit Auto Show. With a sleeker design, a choice of three four-cylinder engines, plus...

  • 2012 Tesla Model S beta vehicle, Fremont, CA, October 2011
    2012 Tesla Model S Prices, Options, Specifications Released

    The car won't reach Tesla Stores until at least next fall, but Tesla Motors has just released pricing and options for the various trim levels and models of its 2012 Model S all-electric sport sedan. Unlike various other plug-in cars, the base prices of the 2012 Tesla Model S have not risen. They...

  • 2012 Buick Lacrosse with eAssist, Catskill Mountains, October 2011
    2012 Buick Lacrosse With eAssist: Mild Hybrid Weekend Drive

    We drove the prototype, and liked it. Now we've driven the real thing. We still like it. In this case, "it" is the 2012 Buick Lacrosse with eAssist, the only four-cylinder model that Buick offers in its Lacrosse large luxury sedan. While large Buicks aren't known for their gas mileage, this one is...

  • Xtronic CVT, 6th generation  -  for 2013 Nissan Altima
    Nissan Boosts Fuel Economy By Redesigning CVT In 2013 Altima

    One of the best ways to improve fuel economy is to keep a car's engine operating at its most efficient speed, regardless of how fast the vehicle is traveling. That's the principle behind continuously variable transmissions, or CVTs, which use belts and variable pulleys to match road speed to an...

  • 2013 Lexus GS 450h live photos
    2013 Lexus GS 450h Hybrid Sport Sedan To Be Rated Over 30 MPG

    It's not yet in dealerships, but the 2013 Lexus GS 450h offers a big boost in gas mileage for buyers of mid-size sport sedans. The all-new GS 450h hybrid is expected to be rated at 29 mpg city, 34 mpg highway, for a combined rating of 31 mpg. In comparison, the 2012 Infiniti M35h hybrid sport...

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