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There are now a baker’s dozen electric cars for sale in the U.S., but many people are still learning about them. This is understandable as they’re yet a relatively new type of car, for now only the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, BMW i3, Ford Focus Electric, and Mitsubishi i-MiEV are sold nationwide, and the […]

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Now that gas prices are declining and automakers report they’re booking increased sales and profits for SUVs and pickups, fuel efficiency isn’t all that important anymore, right? Well, if you’re not one of the American consumers who make long-term financial decisions based on short-term information, or if you simply like the idea of saving fuel, […]

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If you’ve read that plug-in hybrids are the new shining technological stars, and regular hybrids are no longer so special, that’s not quite fair. One could forgive mainstream journalists from saying so if on deadline and reaching for something pithy to say, and in any case, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are more prominent in […]

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Of 23 hybrid sedans sold in the U.S., five happen to sell among the best in no small part because they’re the ones that deliver the best mpg compared to non-hybrid stablemates. Compared to otherwise nearly identical non-hybrid siblings rated in the mid-20s to low 30s, the hybrids on this list get between 13-16 mpg […]

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New-vehicle shoppers rank safety and information features like back-up/blind spot cameras, recall advisor, stolen vehicle recovery and collision sensors high among “must have” technologies for their next purchase. These findings come from Kelley Blue Book (KBB). While 43 percent of consumers rate USB/auxiliary ports as the No. 1 “must have” feature, safety-related technologies were predominantly […]

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Buying a car is considered one of the biggest purchases you make in a lifetime after a house and this applies to any vehicle, including hybrids, EV and diesel-powered ones. There are many things to consider before hitting the sales lot and filling out the paperwork when searching for the perfect car to fit your […]

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The way some people look at electric cars is not unlike how a shy young teenager contemplates a mildly attractive person of the opposite sex. She’s interesting, but what if something goes wrong, and what else might he find if he waits? That plus lack of sufficient knowledge and inexperience keeps the two apart. And […]

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While more makes and models are on their way, the number of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) available now in the U.S. can still be still counted on the fingers of one hand. Each is positioned as functional, fuel-efficient, low-emissions, mainstream-priced, and subsidy eligible, but is any one of them a stand-out “best?” We’re more […]

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Vincentric‘s 2013 Diesel Cost-of-Ownership Analysis has found that one dozen diesel vehicles more than offset their generally higher sticker prices compared to their gasoline counterparts. The highest scoring was the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 Diesel which Vincentric’s analysis says could save owners $8,315 over five years versus its non-diesel counterpart, assuming 15,000 miles per year. On […]

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When the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf were launched in December 2010 as the first of the new generation of mainstream-priced plug-in cars, some early adopters were prepared to ante up full price and more, and they made sure that they purchased, avoiding a lease. Leasing was offered and some consumers went that route, but […]

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