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Merging elements from the Lexus ES 300h and the Camry Hybrid, the 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid delivers on that for which it’s advertised. What’s that? It’s a roomy, mid-sized sedan positioned as a range topper that also gets quite respectable fuel mileage – its 40 mpg combined is 16 mpg better than a six-cylinder Avalon, […]

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While not a hybrid, the conventionally powered Toyota Corolla has long-since garnered a following as a frugal and economical car. Of course the minimum bar for “good” gas mileage has also long-since been raised, but with the 2014 overhaul of the compact sedan that’s been carried forth for 2015, the “Eco” version of the Corolla […]

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Lexus’ entry into the compact premium crossover marketplace was heralded last April in Beijing, and U.S. sales are just beginning for the all-new NX line. Not to be confused with any of the “boxy” competitors in the hotly contested segment, Lexus describes its stylized and contemporary looking NX as “edgy” and “sporty” and prepared for […]

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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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