Hybrids

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt

    The Chevrolet Volt is now here, on sale in most states, and ready to plug in--and to answer all your questions about what it is, how it drives, how to buy it and how to wade through all its new technology, there's only one solution. Here, you'll find High Gear Media's comprehensive coverage of the Volt, from the early days of the Volt Dance and Chevy Cruze-based prototypes, to our world-first photos of the production Volt, to our first driving impressions and electric-car buying guide. Some of our guide includes articles on the 2011 Volt, and more recent pieces cover the 2012 Volt -- but...

  • 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
    Reader Q: All-Wheel Drive Hybrid Or Diesel Cars (Not Trucks)?

    We get some of our most interesting topics from reader questions. Past questions include how emergency responders should react to hybrid and electric cars, and whether towing a Prius behind a motorhome is a good idea. Today, we have a query about green cars (not trucks) that offer all-wheel drive...

  • 2005 Toyota Prius
    CA To Hybrid Drivers: Sorry, We're Just Not That Into You--Any More

    Spare a thought, if you will, a momentary tear, for 85,000 doomed drivers of three models of hybrid car in California. They are the unlucky losers of a privilege that saved them time, raised the value of their vehicle, and undoubtedly increased their karmic contentment, all because of a set of tiny...

  • Prokhorov CityCar natural-gas hybrid vehicle, design prototype
    Lots Of Orders For Yo Russian Natural-Gas Hybrid, Prokohorov Says

    According to Russian billionaire businessman Mikhail Prokhorov, the company building a new natural-gas hybrid car known as the Yo now has orders stretching out as far as 10 years into the future. The business magnate, investor, and former basketball player told satellite TV channel Russia Today...

  • 2011 Lexus CT 200h compact hybrid hatchback, road test, June 2011
    2011 Lexus CT 200h Compact Hybrid Hatch: First Drive Review

    The 2011 Lexus CT 200h pretty much occupies a class of one. At the moment, it’s the sole luxury compact hybrid hatchback sold in the U.S. And it’s a dedicated hybrid, meaning there’s no gasoline-only version. If you want the compact hatch, you get the hybrid. It’s also terra...

  • How A Hybrid Works, infographic used courtesy of AutoMD - cropped version
    How Does A Hybrid Car Really Work? This Infographic Explains It

    As we've said before, we love infographics. Some of our favorites come from AutoMD, which did the one we ran two weeks ago on rising gas prices and simple ways to boost your gas mileage. Now they've tackled the perennial question: How does a hybrid car work? Specifically, they dissect the third...

  • 2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid

    Nissan may have killed off its Altima Hybrid model, but the company is moving forward with a range of new hybrid models. This time, however, they'll be home-grown, based on the company's internally developed hybrid system. Nissan's new single-motor hybrid technology is considerably simpler than the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive system it licensed for the Altima Hybrid, which was sold only in a handful of U.S. states. The new hybrid first appeared in the rear-wheel-drive 2012 Infiniti M35h luxury sedan, priced at $53,700. The company proudly touted that car as the only one on the market with 350...

  • 2011 Toyota Prius
    After 11 Years, Two-Millionth Hybrid Car Sold In United States

    Sometime early last week, someone somewhere in the U.S. bought a hybrid car. And while we may never know exactly who that person was, the car was the 2-millionth hybrid-electric vehicle sold here since the very first Honda Insight went on sale in late 1999. Industry trade journal Ward's Auto...

  • 2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid
    One More For The Dead-Hybrid List: RIP Nissan Altima Hybrid

    Add one more to the list of hybrid cars that have been sent off to the great gasoline-electric graveyard in the sky. Nissan will end production of its Altima Hybrid sedan after the 2011 model year. Launched in late 2007, the hybrid version of the Nissan Altima used Nissan's own four-cylinder engine...

  • 2011 Ford Vertrek concept
    Why Ford Would Be Crazy To Kill The Escape Hybrid: Real AWD

    Ford has made lots of changes to its model lineup of late, some of them remarkably quickly. Now comes word that the new Ford Escape compact crossover for 2013 may not include the Escape Hybrid model it has sold since 2004. We think that would be a terrible shame, because it takes off the market a...

  • Honda CR-Z Racer
    Honda CR-Z Racer To Kick Its Tail At Le Mans

    It seems like green cars hitting the race track is a trend this year, and now a 2011 Honda CR-Z Racer will make the rounds at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. Of course, it won't go head-to-head with the turbocharged V-12 gas guzzlers. Instead it will be part of a special...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon, Half Moon Bay, CA, May 2011
    2012 Toyota Prius V Wagon: Hybrid Success, More To Be Built

    The 2012 Toyota Prius V wagon hasn't even reached U.S. dealers--it'll arrive this fall--but surging global demand has already convinced Toyota to raise production. The world's largest maker of hybrid-electric vehicles will boost Prius wagon production from 3,000 to 5,000 per month by September...

  • Ford Start Concept

    Smaller, more efficient engines that equal the power of larger, lazier ones are how automakers all over the world plan to raise fuel economy. Today Ford [NYSE:F] doubled down on engineering as the best way to boost gas mileage, with announcements about three separate technologies it plans to use in U.S. market vehicles. It not only said it would design and build an eight-speed automatic transmission, its first, but will also bring assembly of its hybrid transmission system in house. That system had previously been built in Japan. First-ever three And perhaps most significantly, it will build...

  • 2011 Fuel Economy Labels
    New Fuel Economy Label Highlights Electric Cars, Plug-Ins

    The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation have unveiled their updated fuel economy labels. There's some new information aimed squarely to inform consumers looking to buy a hybrid vehicle, plug-in hybrid, or electric car. First and foremost are the MPG or MPGe ratings...

  • 2010 Honda Insight
    Why Haven't Hybrid Sales Been Higher, And Should They Be?

    Hybrid cars seem to bring out strong beliefs among car buyers, both pro and con. On the pro side, they get better gas mileage, offer some small degree of all-electric running, and let buyers display (to varying degrees) their green credentials. On the con side, they're usually pricier than...

  • Accenture 2011 survey, 'Plug-in Electric Vehicles: Changing Perceptions, Hedging Bets'
    Less Than Half Of U.S. Shoppers Want EVs To Take Over: Discuss

    If you plan to shop for a new car this year, there will be a range of plug-in hybrids and EVs competing for your attention. But according to a new survey, only about 30% of you feel comfortable considering them -- and some of you are downright offended by their presence. The news comes from...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius V media drive event, May 2011 - screen grab from drive report video
    Behind The Wheel: 2012 Toyota Prius V Station Wagon (Video)

    Sometimes we get nicely produced video, and sometimes we get our codriver to shoot it on the fly. For the 2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon we drove last week, it was very much a case of the latter--complete with a mutli-tone "bong" interruption from the Toyota Entune system. Our one-minute video...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon, Half Moon Bay, CA, May 2011
    2012 Toyota Prius V Station Wagon: First Drive Review

    Toyota executives will go to extraordinary, absurd lengths to avoid defining the body style of the new 2012 Toyota Prius V. Bob Carter, brand sales chief for Toyota Motors in the U.S., first responded with confusion over the question. Presented with a list of alternatives--sedan, hatchback...

  • 2004 Toyota Prius

    Gas prices are going up, smaller cars are better than ever, and once again, U.S. car buyers are turning their sights toward higher gas mileage. For that, there's nothing that beats the 2011 Toyota Prius, with its 50-mpg combined EPA rating. But will that Prius hold up? Will the battery pack and electric components work properly after the shine has worn off? It's a valid question, and one that Consumer Reports considered recently when they reported on a 2001 Prius that had covered more than 200,000 miles. Now the magazine covers another high-mileage Prius, this one the far more numerous...

  • Gazoo Racing Lexus CT 200h race car
    Hybrid Hot Rods: Lexus CT 200h 'Ring Racer, Mugen Honda CR-Z Hardly Dull

    Hybrid cars, often defined in the public eye by the distinctive shape of the Toyota Prius, are frequently derided as dull and no fun to drive. While the Tesla Roadster smashed the stereotype of plug-in electric cars as slow and dorky, hybrids haven't been as lucky. So here are a couple of hybrid...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius V launch press conference, 2011 Detroit Auto Show
    2012 Toyota Prius V Station Wagon/Minivan: Arrives This Fall

    There's nothing like a story translated from overseas media, concerning a related but not-quite-the-same model of a new hybrid car, to get people all in an uproar. So here's the real deal on the 2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon/minivan: It will still arrive in U.S. dealerships this fall. That's...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius high-voltage battery pack
    The Ultimate Guide: Toyota Prius Battery Life, Cost, and Warranty

    Like many articles, this one started with a reader question. Casey Krakowiecki wrote: I'm interested in buying a new Toyota Prius hybrid. I hope you can answer a couple of questions that will help me. (1) Are the rechargable batteries guaranteed for 8 years? If they fail at 7 years and 11 months...

  • 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring
    Guide: How To Get Good Gas Mileage AND Third Row Seats?

    "We have not yet fully accepted the fact that we need a new car. Some call it denial. But we do need one." That's how our friend Gordon Platt began a note asking our advice on what cars he should consider as he sets out to replace the family's aging 2003 Toyota Sienna minivan. "What are your...

  • 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid
    2011 Kia Optima Hybrid To Cost $26,500, Less Than Camry, Fusion Hybrids

    Kia has announced that its 2011 Optima Hybrid midsize sedan will carry a starting price of $26,500 when it arrives at dealers in June. (That price does not include a mandatory $750 destination fee.) The car is the first-ever hybrid electric vehicle from the Korean carmaker, which is owned by...