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How Come Hybrids Don’t Get Great Gas Mileage?

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Hybrids get pretty good – but far from great – gas mileage. The best of them – that would be Toyota’s Prius – manage low-mid 50s. Most average low-mid 40s. Which is good, but far from spectacular. After all, 40-something MPG is only about 8-10 MPG better than many current-era non-hybrid economy cars manage. It’s not…

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid

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The first mass-production car – Ford’s Model T – had many virtues, but variety wasn’t one of them. Not even when it came to color (Henry Ford decreed buyers could have any color they liked, so long as it was black). Henry Sr. got away with that for awhile, because there weren’t many alternatives to…

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

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What do a Porsche 911 and the hybrid Honda Accord have in common? Image. Oh, sure – there’s more to it than just that. But you know and I know that there are people who buy 911s not because a 911 can do a 12 second quarter mile and run up to 180 MPH on…

2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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Does the Camry hybrid – vs. the regular Camry – make economic sense? Or is it an emotional (and political) thing primarily – as in: Hey, look how much I care about the environment? Hmmmm . . . On the one hand, the Camry hybrid will cost you $3,460 more to buy than an otherwise…

Now That Hybrids Have Become Popular…

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They’re going to tax them, too. You knew this was coming – right? That they were not going to let you get away with evading paying your “fair share” of motor vehicle fuels taxes by driving a vehicle that uses less (or even no) gas. Yup. That Prius you’re maybe looking at because you’re thinking…

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

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Here’s what’s cool about the new Avalon hybrid: It’s a full-size car, with more spreading out room than other cars in its price range; it’s a fairly quick car (0-60 in about 7.5 seconds), it averages 40 MPG – and it costs a few hundred bucks less (to start) than its nearest direct competitor: the…

2013 Lexus ES300 Hybrid

Hybrids are becoming hot rods – well, some hybrids. Luxury hybrids. They kind of have to, when you stop to think about it. After all, what person with say $40k to spend on a car wants to spend that on a slow car? Being “green” only goes so far . . . after a certain…

The Bad News About Good Hybrids

I’m more than a little bit concerned the latest generation of plug-in hybrids (and all-electric cars) might actually work out. Because if they do, you can bet your bippie the government won’t let them get away with it. Paranoid? Internet commerce provides an ominous parallel. People were free to conduct business without tithing to the…

Forget Hybrids – Buy a Cheapster!

If you’re really serious about saving money on transportation, the very last thing you should do is buy a new car. Particularly a new hybrid car. It’s as counterproductive as trying to lose weight by ordering a diet Coke with your triple Angus Thickburger. The car companies – like the fast-food places – don’t want…

2012 Toyota Camry hybrid

The Toyota Prius hybrid gets all the press – and a lot of the dealer mark-up, too. You might check out the new Camry hybrid to get something very similar – and nicer, in a number of ways – for about the same money. Probably less, actually – since you should be able to haggle…