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Minivans

  • 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

    The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid wraps a number of firsts into one innovative package. The Pacifica minivan, launched this year, has received positive reviews for its combination of stylish design, comfortable interior, easy-to-use infotainment, and capacious carrying capacity for up to eight adults and their goods. Despite its name, the Pacifica Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid with a 16-kilowatt-hour battery pack that gives it an estimated EPA-rated electric range of 30 miles. That makes it the world's first plug-in hybrid minivan. DON'T MISS: Chrysler Pacifica: The Car Connection's 2017 Best...

  • Toyota Esquire
    Forbidden Fruit: Toyota Esquire Hybrid Luxury Minivan

    The Japanese-market Toyota Esquire combines a luxurious interior with an optional hybrid powertrain.

  • 2014 Ford Transit Connect
    2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Unveiled: 7 Seats, 30 MPG

    Ford has finally unveiled what could offer the best mix of practicality and economy on the market--the 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon. With seven seats and estimated highway mileage of 30 mpg, the Transit Connect is much more family-orientated this time around. Beating its traditional minivan...

  • Ram 1500 Plug-In Hybrid pickup truck and Chrysler Town & Country plug-in hybrid minivan, April 2012
    Chrysler Yanks Plug-In Hybrid Test Fleet Off Roads, Will Replace Batteries

    Ask most people about Chrysler's plug-in hybrid prototype program, and you'll get something like, "Huh? Chrysler has plug-in hybrids?" In fact, the company does: 23 minivans and 109 pickup trucks on the roads for almost a year now, all prototypes to test the technology. Today, the company announced...

  • 2013 Toyota Sienna SE
    2013 Toyota Sienna To Drop Four-Cylinder Model

    Normally, a manufacturer announcing that it will drop a four cylinder model in favor of a six-cylinder variant would lead to wailing and gnashing of teeth, to those of a green disposition. With the 2013 Toyota Sienna minivan however, it's no big deal losing the unpopular 2.7-liter four-cylinder, as...

  • Ram 1500 Plug-In Hybrid pickup truck and Chrysler Town & Country plug-in hybrid minivan, April 2012
    Chrysler Town & Country Plug-In Hybrids Now Testing Across U.S.

    Chrysler has completed the roll-out of its small fleet of Town & Country plug-in hybrids, after delivering the first vehicles at the beginning of April. Only 25 of the plug-in minivans have been produced, as part of a two-year test suitability and public reaction to the vehicles. The first four...

  • Ram 1500 Plug-In Hybrid pickup truck and Chrysler Town & Country plug-in hybrid minivan, April 2012

    There's likely a huge market demand for higher-mileage minivans and wagons, but so far, the 2012 Toyota Prius V is the sole entry that gets more than 40 mpg in EPA testing. So the news that Chrysler delivered four plug-in hybrid versions of its Town & Country minivan to the city of Auburn Hills, Michigan, is tantalizing to families who want to drive green. Test fleet only Unfortunately, the four minivans the company delivered last Thursday to the company's headquarters city are part of a test fleet of only 25 vehicles. Their development was jointly funded by Chrysler--which kicked in...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid
    2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, C-Max Energi Plug-In: More Details

    The new Escape crossover arrives at dealers in mere months, minus the hybrid model of its predecessor. That means it's now time to talk about the new 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, which will serve as the company's hybrid entry in the compact segment. The 2013 C-Max is a five-passenger small minivan or...

  • Nissan NV200 Electric Test Vehicle
    Nissan Prepares NV200 Electric Minivan For Global Trials

    Nissan took the next step in its aim to become the world leader in electric vehicle technology yesterday with the announcement that it was starting a global test program for an all-electric minivan. Based on the versatile NV200 minivan platform currently popular in Europe and Japan with delivery...

  • Ford C-Max Energi, first revealed at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show
    Now Ford Has A Prius: 2012 C-Max To Go Hybrid-Only

    The upcoming Ford two-row C-Max Hybrid and plug-in C-Max Energi hybrid are still on track, but today Ford says it's canning the planned seven-seat, gas-powered C-Max minivan from its future product plan. The three-row C-Max would have been Ford's first minivan on sale in North America since the...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon, Half Moon Bay, CA, May 2011
    2012 Toyota Prius V Station Wagon: First Drive Review

    Toyota executives will go to extraordinary, absurd lengths to avoid defining the body style of the new 2012 Toyota Prius V. Bob Carter, brand sales chief for Toyota Motors in the U.S., first responded with confusion over the question. Presented with a list of alternatives--sedan, hatchback...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius V launch press conference, 2011 Detroit Auto Show
    2012 Toyota Prius V Station Wagon/Minivan: Arrives This Fall

    There's nothing like a story translated from overseas media, concerning a related but not-quite-the-same model of a new hybrid car, to get people all in an uproar. So here's the real deal on the 2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon/minivan: It will still arrive in U.S. dealerships this fall. That's...

  • Chrysler's Sergio Marchionne & EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announce hydraulic-hybrid program

    Chrysler has come out of hibernation with a bang, as far as green and more fuel-efficient vehicles are concerned. The company announced Wednesday that it would partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to build and test prototypes of a different kind of hybrid vehicle, one that accumulates energy not in a battery pack but by compressing a gas hydraulically. CEO Sergio Marchionne joined U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson for the announcement, made at EPA laboratories in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They spoke in front of a silver 2011 Chrysler Town & Country minivan, representing one...

  • Sergio Marchionne at Chrysler’s Windsor Assembly Plant
    Sergio Marchionne: Hybrid Minivan Will Join Chrysler 300 Hybrid In 2013

    Earlier this week we heard from Sergio Marchionne, the demanding CEO of Fiat-Chrysler, that a hybrid version of the new 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan would arrive sometime in 2013. Now, at Chrysler’s Windsor plant in Canada, Marchionne has revealed that the hybrid 300 will be joined in 2013 by a...

  • New 2011 Mazda Mazda5 minivan, to be unveiled at Geneva Motor Show, March 2010
    Preview: Mazda to Show 2011 Mazda5 Minivan at Geneva Motor Show

    We've always been fond of the 2010 Mazda Mazda5 small minivan, which gets rave reviews for its sporty character and good roadholding. Because it's smaller than more conventional full-size minivans like the Dodge Caravan, Honda Odyssey, and Toyota Sienna, it has always sold in smaller numbers. But...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius
    Coupe To Join Expanded Prius Lineup, Perhaps Even Minivan

    It's long been the dream of Toyota's U.S. arm that the company would add additional body styles to the Prius line. And Toyota finally gave the nod to that idea earlier this year. Now, details are starting to emerge on the new models that will join the all-new, third-generation 2010 Toyota Prius...

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