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Toyota knows the Camry’s strengths and weaknesses; it knows competition is becoming more intense, and the extensively revised 2015 model is its answer. Officially, it’s being called a mid-cycle refresh, as only three years ago the Camry was overhauled inside, out, and under the hood. This time around the model line, including the hybrid we […]

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Toyota’s Highlander line was thoroughly updated last year, growing larger and prettier, and carries forward for 2015 as an appealing alternative to the minivan. Now in its third generation, the seven-passenger all-wheel-drive hybrid version with efficient but powerful drivetrain tech adopted from the Prius is also third generation since the Highlander Hybrid was introduced in […]

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By now maybe you’ve heard Honda is back in the hybrid game in a big way with its 50-mpg Accord Hybrid. The company that launched America’s first hybrid in December 1999 then fell behind Toyota in hybridization as it also introduced a 2004 Accord Hybrid V6 only to cancel it in 2007 now needs no […]

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A lot of people agree the Lexus CT 200h is a sporty looking car. It’s won a number of honors and awards since its 2011 launch, ranks among best sellers in the entry luxury segment, but as is true of any vehicle, it can’t be everything to everyone. Refreshed for 2014, carried forth for 2015, […]

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For 2015 the RX 450h hybrid carries forward as an alternative in Lexus’ best-selling line of vehicles. Like low-calorie cake, the highly contented RX 450h in all-wheel- or front-wheel-drive lets drivers oxymoronically indulge without the gas-guzzling guilt assuming they can justify its $6,650 premium to get an extra 9 mpg over RX 350 compatriots. The […]

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Kia has garnered a lot of fans for its Soul, a squared-off mini-ute that proves style and practicality can go hand-in-hand. For its first EV marketed outside its home country, Kia decided to convert the funky box on wheels which breaks the mold of the more-often seen hatchback configuration. And, after having driven it at […]

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Long before there were “hybrid cars” there were basic little internal combustion powered city cars, and for five-and-a-half decades, the UK’s MINI was definitely on that list. Still posing as minimalist, since 2001 the brand has been a jewel in German automaker BMW’s portfolio of “premium” products, and a more upscale lifestyle statement than from […]

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Adorned with Infiniti’s’ new “Q” nomenclature, packing a familiar powertrain, and designed as a new model, the Q50 Hybrid is one of the more compelling performance hybrids going. Launched in 2014, with negligibly changed 2015 models to be at dealers this fall, the Q50 Hybrid is a challenger not just to the few performance hybrids […]

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Among conventionally powered vehicles, Honda’s completely redesigned 2015 Fit blends respectable mpg, utility, and reasonable price. Not quite the “TARDIS” of Dr. Who fame which outwardly appeared tiny, but inwardly expanded to large proportions, Honda’s subcompact is nonetheless a case study in smart space utilization. We’d be remiss however not to also mention Honda isn’t […]

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Ford’s Fusion Energi has entered its 2015 model year with only trim and feature updates, and since launching February 2013 has offered a solid balance among the growing crop of plug-in hybrids. It shares its powertrain with the C-Max Energi, and shares its five-passenger, mid-sized exterior and interior design with a stable of Fusion variants. […]

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