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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…

2014 Honda Insight

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There are two hybrid models on the market that address what’s arguably the most persuasive argument against buying a new hybrid: They cost too much. Or, to put a finer point on it: Their cost to buy is too high relative to what you’ll save on fuel.  A new Toyota Prius, for instance, has a…

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…

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…

2012 Kia Optima Hybrid

Hybrid math is hard to calculate because the variables are still in flux and very subjective. Consider the 2012 Kia Optima hybrid. The base price of this car is $25,700 vs. $19,500 for the base non-hybrid Optima. That’s a difference of $6,200 – a very large difference, up front. But the hybrid Optima gets 35…

2012 Infiniti M35 Hybrid

Hybrids are getting interesting. How about this 2012 M35 hybrid? Infiniti says it’s got V-8 muscle and delivers four-cylinder fuel economy. Well, the first part is true blue. This thing hauls tail. Zero to 60 in about 5 seconds. Long legs on top. And the second part? Well, V-6 economy at least. (40 MPG on…

2012 Kia Forte: 274 hp (and hybrid power) on Deck…

Kia is not fooling around. Korea’s other automaker has a surprise on deck for 2012 that should make econo-compact buyers smile – and will definitely make competitors sweat. Two surprises, actually… . WHAT IT IS The Forte is Kia’s entry-level compact car. It’s available in regular sedan, hatchback sedan and coupe (which Kia spells Koup)…