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The electric drivetrain of an EV is simpler. It requires no tune-ups, oil changes, spark plug replacement, and so on that internal combustion engines require. Brakes also need not be replaced as often because regeneratve braking spares the friction pads from being used as hard. The rest of the cars are however pure automotive, with […]

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Does the “v” stand for very big Prius? No, but it is versatile. The wagon version of the Prius echoes the style, uses the same powertrain as the regular Prius, and nets extremely respectable fuel mileage for a medium-sized wagon. SEE ALSO: 2014 Toyota Prius v Review Much of what was liked about the Prius […]

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Today there are over 50 hybrids from subcompact hatchback, to all sizes of sedan, to performance models, to SUV and crossover, to large ultimate land yacht – that gets fuel economy like a four-cylinder. Among PHEVs there are eight currently on our board tracking U.S. sales. Three of these start at $76,000, $99,000, and $137,000 […]

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This 41 mpg hybrid beats the 28 mpg of the most-frugal non-hybrid Camry, and probably needs the least introduction of all models on this list. However, as you can see, the car overhauled for 2012, and updated for 2015 is now mid pack. It’s a proven performer with a long track record and still the […]

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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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