Road Test: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

More Efficiency, More Power, More Tech Honda is celebrating the Accord’s 40th anniversary this year, and after 12.7 million sold in the US, popping some champagne corks is understood. To begin its fifth decade, Honda has brought back the Accord Hybrid after it sat out for a year to move production from ... Read More...

Road Test: 2017 Chevrolet Volt

It Really Is the Game Changer GM Proclaimed Now there’s an all-new 2017 Chevrolet Volt. It is better in nearly every way than the first one—more electric driving range, more hybrid fuel efficiency, more comfortable, more attractive and even more affordable. Will Chevrolet make a genuine effort to sell the Volt this ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Smart ForTwo Passion

The Short Game Gets an Upgrade If you’re an urban commuter or daily life includes a lot of short city trips, the 2016 Smart ForTwo looks appealing. But it’s really an impractical form of transportation not designed for mass appeal and likely won’t attain it even with a new drivetrain, slightly ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Lexus CT 200h

A Little Sport to Go With Hybrid Drive Is it possible for a hybrid car to also be a sporty car? The answer is...it depends. It depends on what your expectations are when it comes to hybrid fuel economy, and what your definition is of sporty when applied to cars. Enter the ... Read More...

Tech: How Long Do Hybrid Batteries Last?

And Are They Expensive To Replace? Most gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle drivers will at some point ask these questions: How long do hybrid batteries last? Are they expensive to replace? Short Answer: It depends on the make and model of your car, whether you have a warranty, whether you can get cash or ... Read More...

Tech: How do Hybrid & Plug-in Hybrid Batteries Recharge? Do I Need to Plug a Hybrid In?

A Primer on Hybrid Battery Care When the first gasoline-electric hybrids vehicles began arriving in 1999 and 2000, early adopters did their research and were quite knowledgeable about the then-new and revolutionary transportation mode. But the mass market was confused; these new cars had an additional battery to provide electricity to an ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Acura ILX

Less-is-more for the entry-level Acura sedan Giving a nod backward towards its roots, Acura, Honda's luxury division, again offers a less-is-more entry luxury compact car. A step below the TSX, the 2016 Acura ILX reminds me of the 1986-2001 Integra, but appointed with more luxury. Following the Integra before it, the ILX ... Read More...

News: Mercedes-Benz AMG Forced To Go Hybrid Powertains By 2020

High-performance Meets Environmental Technology Mercedes-Benz AMG, the high-performance tuner division of Mercedes-Benz, finds itself between the proverbial rock and a hard place. Known for its brutally powerful gasoline engines, AMG is now faced with stringent new emissions standards imposed by the European Union. The EU’s latest CO2 emissions rules spell out ... Read More...