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  • Honda Clarity Electric at Honda R&D Center, Tochigi, Japan, June 2017

    The 2018 Honda Clarity Electric car rolled into California and Oregon dealerships this week, but nobody can buy it. It's only available for lease for $199 a month for 36 months with $1,499 due at signing. That figure reflects the $7,500 federal tax credit, which Honda finance will keep as part of the capitalized cost reduction of the lease. CHECK OUT: 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid: weekend drive review The Clarity Electric, however, also qualifies for a $2,500 tax rebate in each of the states where it's sold. Counting the state tax credit, consumers can drive home the Clarity Electric for...

  • 2006 Toyota Prius and 2015 Nissan Leaf  [photo: John C. Briggs]
    Should we buy a Toyota Prius Prime, Chevy Bolt EV, or Volt?

    It's now time to shop for a new car for my wife, as her wonderful 2006 Toyota Prius has 144,000 miles and we're ready for something new. So I thought I might throw the question out to Green Car Reports readers. What car should replace our 2006 Prius hybrid? DON'T MISS: 2017 Toyota Prius Prime: gas...

  • 2017 Kia Niro Touring, Catskill Mountains, NY, March 2017
    Six things to know about new hybrid cars (if you haven't paid much attention lately)

    For the past few years, plug-in electric cars have gotten more publicity than their small share of the market deserved. That's exactly what had happened to hybrids a decade earlier—and hybrids still outsell cars with plugs, even if they're no longer getting outsize publicity. We've been...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Volt
    Plug-in hybrid price guide: every 2017 model, with specs

    The number of plug-in hybrid cars has expanded greatly over the past few years. If you've had trouble keeping track of all of these new plug-in cars, fear not. A couple of weeks ago, we gathered the relevant data for every battery-electric car on sale today, and presented it to you in one place...

  • 2017 Nissan Leaf
    Electric Car Price Guide: every 2017 all-electric car, with specs (updated)

    It's a hot topic whenever anyone mentions electric cars: pricing. Many electric cars are more expensive than their regular counterparts, though in general they cost far less to run on a per-mile basis. But what do today's electric and plug-in cars actually cost? We've gathered the relevant data for...

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    2016 Los Angeles Auto Show green-car preview

    These are the green cars debuting at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

  • 2015 Nissan Leaf

    Cars that plug in to recharge, whether all-electric or plug-in hybrid, are a very small proportion of total U.S. vehicle sales today. And the same applies to their global sales, which are less than 1 percent of a total worldwide volume now headed toward 90 million vehicles a year. So today, the idea that electric-car sales might one day equal those of vehicles with combustion engines that emit exhaust into our shared air might seem absurd. DON'T MISS: When will the first Tesla Model 3 electric cars will be delivered? Poll results But their sales seem all but guaranteed to rise, given the...

  • Jen Smith with her new 2016 Toyota Prius Four
    Replacing my old Toyota Prius hybrid: what are my options?

    The opening photo tells the story: when Jen Smith needed to replace her faithful 2006 Toyota Prius, she ended up buying the new fourth-generation Prius that debuted this year. But before making this decision, she reached out to Green Car Reports to ask about her options. This article has been...

  • Priscilla Briggs with her new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, Boston, May 2014
    2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Six-Month Update: Great MPG, Great Fun

    It happens so quickly: They learn to crawl, and then walk, and before you know it, you're helping them do their first oil change in their first new car. A little more than six months ago, I contributed an article on my car shopping experiences with my daughter Priscilla. Those ended with her...

  • 2014 Tesla Model S owned by Tom + Jeff of Palm Springs, California
    The Passion Of The Tesla: One Owner's (Unprompted) Paean

    People who buy new cars generally like and enjoy them during the first months or years of ownership. Many Tesla owners, however, seem to love their cars with a deep, abiding, even overwhelming passion. This is one such story. A longtime personal friend and his partner recently acquired a 2014 Tesla...

  • Scrapped cars. Photo by Flickr user Edward Blake.
    U.S. Car Population Surges As Sales Soar, While Scrappage Falls

    The number of light-duty vehicles on U.S. roads is at a record high/

  • Priscilla Briggs with her new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, Boston, May 2014
    Why One Young Woman Bought A 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage: Frugal Shopping

    Many people approach car shopping in the U.S. looking for the largest, most luxurious vehicle they can afford, from the best brand possible. Still, at least a handful of shoppers are more focused on basic transportation--and a vehicle they know they can afford. My daughter Priscilla falls into the...

  • 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

    You've read the reviews, and it's finally time: You're off to the dealer to replace your old car with a new, much more fuel-efficient vehicle. But then you get to the dealer, and during your test drive, you notice that the gas mileage shown on the car's display is nowhere near the EPA rating. Should you worry? Probably not. MORE: New Diesel SUVs & Crossovers: Jeep, Audi, Mercedes Fuel Economy Tested Let's say you're considering the new 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, which was our 2014 Best Car To Buy. It has an EPA combined rating of 47 mpg (50 mpg city, 45 mpg highway). It's a popular model...

  • Honda Fit Hybrid (Japanese domestic model), Honda Proving Grounds, Tochigi, Japan, Nov 2013
    UPDATE: Green Car Preview: 2014 Detroit Auto Show Concepts & Production Models

    The important global auto shows tend to go in waves, and this year's Detroit Auto Show isn't looking particularly notable for its green cars. Barring surprises, there will be no global debuts of new plug-in electric cars, hybrids, or even new diesel vehicles. Instead, the most popular introductions...

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    Is Right Now The Very Best Time To Buy A Car? Discuss

    Slowly, the economic recession is winding down and consumer moods are improving. Plus, today's new cars get better gas mileage than they did just a few years ago. Is this year the best time to buy a new car? According to several industry analysts quoted in The Detroit News, the answer is...

  • diesel and AdBlue fillers in Audi Q7 TDI
    Who Might Buy Diesels? Gasoline Drivers, Not Hybrid Owners

    With a raft of new diesel vehicles entering the market this year and next, the question arises: Who exactly will buy them? Based on the results of a survey to be released later this morning, Volkswagen of America suggests that some drivers of gasoline cars are likely to be open to the benefits of...

  • 2014 Mazda Mazda6
    2014 Mazda Mazda6: Up To 38 MPG, Priced From $20,880

    Mazda has announced official EPA fuel economy figures and pricing for the 2014 Mazda6 sedan. The striking-looking sedan will start from $20,880, not including Mazda's $795 destination charge ($840 in Alaska), title, taxes, license and other fees. That figure gets you the entry-level i Sport...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012
    2013 Green Car Buyers Guide: Hybrids, Diesels, Plug-Ins

    It's autumn, which means that new 2013 cars are now showing up in dealerships all across the country. With gas prices high and new fuel-economy standards in effect, automakers are rolling out new green cars of every type. Here's our selective list of the important new green models you'll be able to...

  • Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Hall in an ad for the 2012 Nissan Leaf

    Plug-in electric car sales are growing in the U.S., with the Chevy Volt in particular going from strength to strength. The 2012 Nissan Leaf, however, is not doing so well. Despite being one of the earliest electric cars on the market, it's been outsold three to two this year by the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid. What is it that carmakers do to boost sales? Why, offer incentives, of course! Which is how it comes to pass that you can lease a brand-new Nissan Leaf SL battery-electric car for a mere $139 a month with $2,995 down. The lower-than-ever lease deal is available from Boardwalk Nissan in...

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    New-Car Buyers Want Higher Gas Mileage (It Pays For Itself Too)

    How much do you spend on gasoline each year? If you happen to live in the average U.S. household, the total is more than $2,850 every year--roughly $240 a month, or $60 each week. So when the Consumer Federation of America surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults in May on their attitudes toward fuel efficiency...

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    What Would You Give Up For Higher Gas Mileage? Cash? Features? Safety?

    It happens every time. Gas prices go up sharply, and new car buyers suddenly decide that gas mileage is important--and shop accordingly. With gas around $4 a gallon in many parts of the country, what would you trade for higher miles per gallon? Would you pay more? Would you buy a smaller car than...

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