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It’s a neat experience driving a quiet, smooth, high-tech pure electric car, and Chevrolet’s 2017 Volt provides this with no range or refueling drawbacks. Uniquely, the car acts as a pure EV for all intents and purposes, but once its range – EPA-rated at 53 miles combined – runs out, it morphs into a 42 mpg hybrid […]

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After first appearing in 2014-2015 and then taking model year 2016 off, the Honda Accord Hybrid is back at dealers as a refreshed 2017. Honda’s car faces fierce competition from the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, and Chevrolet Malibu mid-sized hybrids, but it comes back still at the top of its class for EPA […]

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After skipping a model year following the only just-released 2015 Accord Hybrid, Honda has returned to win the mid-size efficiency race with an EPA combined 48 mpg estimate. The front-wheel-drive sedan promises to vie well against others in this competitive mid-sized, five-passenger hybrid class, and sometimes the hare does beat the turtle. Here are 10 […]

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For the fourth generation of its best-selling model line, Lexus sent its RX to the style salon for an extensive makeover. Actually, the longer, wider, taller, roomier and more powerful crossover only evolves the formula that let the automaker sell nearly 101,000 RX models last year, but it does get your attention. Dominating the front […]

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There’s something to be said for having the world’s most established electrified car, and Toyota knew it as it launched its fourth-generation 2016 Prius in January this year. The new hybrid’s fuel economy surpasses the 2010-2015 model’s 50 mpg combined EPA rating by as much as 10 percent with a 56 mpg “Two Eco” version, […]

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Since its sales launch last November, the RAV4 Hybrid has hit the ground running as a bit of a niche product that’s arguably value priced. This year through March it has been America’s second-best selling hybrid vehicle aside from the perennial chart topper – its established sibling, the Prius. In the process it has stepped […]

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This month we had opportunity to review a vehicle which had previously come in a hybrid version, but which now promises decent fuel economy via conventional downsized turbo options – the 2016 Ford Escape. The compact crossover introduced in 2000 went through two generations from 2005-2011 with a full hybrid powertrain independently developed by Ford […]

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Full Disclosure: Since I was a young teenager I have owned Ford pickups. It started with a 1939 model, then a 1952 F-100 with a Hemi V8, followed by several others. Yes I do like Ford trucks, but I’ve also owned an International and a couple of Chevys. You’ve probably seen the ads: Big pickup […]

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These are interesting times for the Nissan Leaf which for 2016 has up to 27-percent more range than last year. Introduced as a 2011 model with 73 miles range in December 2010, it was revised to 84 miles in 2013, then revised again this year with a 30-kwh battery and 107-miles range in the upper […]

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Hyundai’s plug-in Sonata was introduced last year alongside its second-generation Hybrid and is both unique and conforming while topping competitors in a few important ways. Its commonality with other midsized hybrid and plug-in hybrid sedans – from Toyota, Ford, Honda, Kia, and Chevrolet – is they fit a formula of roughly 200 horsepower and 40-plus-or-minus […]

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