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Smart has been an interesting experiment in urban mobility. On paper, these tiny runabouts are an ideal transportation option for residents of densely packed megalopolises around the world. But reality is often strikingly different from theory. In practical terms, these cars haven’t been all that popular, at least not in North America. All told, some […]

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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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The average fuel economy of new cars sold has increased over the years but not without minor setbacks, and June’s average window sticker was one of them, declining 0.1 mpg to 25.4 mpg. This tick backwards was documented by researchers Michael Sivak, Ph.D. and Brandon Schoettle of the Sustainable Worldwide Transportation University of Michigan Transportation […]

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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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Toyota’s Prius c has established itself solidly as the third-best-selling hybrid being the lowest price Prius, and the highest mpg car “without a plug” sold in America. The subcompact c is a full hybrid and one of four Prius “family” members, the others being the regular “Liftback,” the wagon-like Prius v, and the Prius Plug-in […]

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An arguably corny news angle, Honda’s communications department has been playing up the Halloween “trick or treat” line for the dealer launch of it’s Accord full hybrid today. Fortunately for the Japanese automaker, it can be as cheesy as it wants because its engineers can back up the giddiness with something that looks like it […]

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