Road Test: 2016 Lexus RX 450h

The Original Guilt-Free SUV Americans love crossover sport utilities, and when it comes to luxury brands they have a huge fondness for those with a big L on a spindle grille. The Lexus RX is not only the company's biggest seller it has run roughshod over rivals such as Acura, Audi, ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Toyota Prius Liftback 

More of Everything—And a Radical Look Toyota’s Prius Liftback had a good thing going for several years as the “official” vehicle of the environmentally conscious, a reputation that became cast in concrete during the 2003 Academy Awards, when dozens of Hollywood celebrities arrived in chauffeur-driven Priuses. But the cachet of the ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Toyota Prius

Iconic Hybrid, Reimagined The Toyota Prius has been a green car icon for 20 years now (17 in the U.S.).  It’s substantially redone this year for its fourth generation. The most obvious change is the startling styling. The new Prius is longer, lower, and wider, but not like the mammoth late 1950s ... Read More...

Feature: Which Green Car Is Right For You?

An Array of Choices Are Available With environmental concerns and economic worries, many people have made the decision to buy green vehicles. Cars that are labeled “green” are either those that are environmentally friendly and provide less harm to the environment than similar internal combustion engine cars or those that use ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Lexus ES 300h

Relentless, But Now Aggressive For years Lexus has used the tagline, “The relentless pursuit of perfection,” in its advertising and marketing. That mantra has led to a significant amount of brand recognition for reliability, customer satisfaction and, of course, luxury. The automaker’s pursuit is showcased in the gasoline-electric hybrid 2016 ES 300h ... Read More...

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: 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...

Road Test: 2016 Lexus ES 300h

Luxury & 40 MPG Lexus, the upscale division of Toyota, has gone big into hybrid technology, which is good for consumers looking for improved fuel economy to go along with luxury appointments. Lexus has six hybrid models, with the 2016 Lexus ES 300h being its midsize car luxury offering slotted between ... 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...