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The first U.S. hybrids were the Honda Insight in 1999 and the Toyota Prius that came soon after, and both started as 2000 models. The very fact that hybrids are not so avante garde means dealers and independent repair shops may have a better chance of being more familiar with them. Also, plug-in hybrids using […]

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Lincoln’s hybrid version of the midsized MKZ nets 40 mpg combined, 41 city, 39 highway. It thereby wallops the 26 mpg and 22 mpg combined figures of non-hybrid front-wheel-drive MKZ with 2.0-liter turbo four or 3.7-liter six respectively. At $36,085 including destination, the 2015 MKZ Hybrid is less than comparable mpg competitors from Toyota and […]

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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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Toyota’s Prius – now called the “Liftback” and the progenitor of a ”family” of “Prii” – is in its third generation since its U.S. launch in 2000, and America’s top-selling alternative energy car bar none. Despite its star-like status, we’re still asked from time to time to candidly answer: “Is it worth it?” This seemingly […]

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Nissan reported it concluded its best August ever in Canada with sales of 8,192 units, an increase of 29.4 percent from the same month last year. Interestingly, sales of the Leaf EV rose to 56 units, or an increase of 180 percent over August 2012. This places sales of the Leaf at 346 units since […]

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