Tag Archive for hybrid

2016 Toyota RAV4

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Slow cars are back. More precisely, slow crossover SUVs are here – and people seem to be okay with it. Maybe because they are only slow in relative terms, relative to the performance other cars (and some – usually expensive – crossovers) offer. Picture a continuum, with “slowest” on the left and “quickest” on the…

2016 BMW 330 eDrive

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Here – for once – is a hybrid that does not suck. Gas – or otherwise. The BMW 330 eDrive. You can drive the thing 80 MPH(or faster) on just the batteries. And as far as 15-20 miles. Without gimping along like a Vespa scooter, dragging a conga line of infuriated sufferers behind you. Punch it – and…

2015 Lexus RX450h

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Hybrids are in a weird spot right now. They’ve gotten very good – so good that many of them are now a nearly no-compromises (functionally) alternative to their conventional (gas engine-only) counterparts. They’re quick, the don’t make weird noises – and (excepting the Prius) they don’t look weird, either. But then, gas is cheap again. Under…

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…