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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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Honda’s Civic Hybrid has been further refreshed along with its fairly sophisticated 2014 Civic siblings and is one of the most fuel-efficient sedans sold in America. The mild updates follow an inside-and-out redesign for 2012 which boasted bigger engine, more powerful electric motor, and li-ion propulsion battery. Improvements in 2013 helped rectify de-contenting that disappointed […]

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Unlike misbegotten comparos between barely similar plug-in cars pitted together mainly because they run on grid power, a Porsche vs. Tesla shootout is almost valid. The rear-wheel-driven standard 85-kwh Tesla Model S and Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid both target similar demographics with comparable curb weight, dimensions, 0-60 time, and glamor. Given one’s an EV, however, […]

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Does the idea of a “performance hybrid” seem like a contradiction of terms? You know: hybrids were originally conceived to save fuel and emissions, but in early 2005 the up-line division of the dominant hybrid seller revealed its power-biased pre-production alternative, and in 2007 Toyota’s first Lexus GS 450h spawned a new category. In 2013 […]

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Blending part-time electric drive and posh performance, Porsche’s 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid may be the greenest car yet offered by the automaker from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Last fall as the proud brand launched this, its first plug-in sedan, it had dug out the history book to remind all that its e-pedigree dates to Nikola Tesla’s day, when […]

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