Review update: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the ultimate family vacation vehicle

3 Jul
2019 Chrysler Pacifica HybridThe 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is so nice we awarded it twice. First, we named the Chrysler Pacifica The Car Connection’s Best Car To Buy 2017, and then our sister site named the gasoline-electric Pacifica Hybrid Green Car Reports’ Best Car To Buy 2018. It deserved both. After a week trekking across the Rockies and the Upper Midwest with...

Toyota to make its electrification tech open-source

4 Apr
2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e XLEthe maker of the original mass-market hybrid car is feeling generous. The Japanese automaker said Wednesday that it will share its electrification tech with rival automakers in a bid to reduce vehicle emissions. The automaker said it will offer about 24,000 patents it currently holds for other automakers to use for free. In addition to making the...

2019 Honda Clarity

7 Mar
2019 Honda ClarityThe 2019 Honda Clarity is a plug-in hybrid, electric, or fuel-cell mid-size car that struggles to find its niche. Most commonly found as a plug-in hybrid, the Clarity is extroverted in its efficiency, apparent by its outward style. It’s the anti-Accord Hybrid, which is less expensive and more efficient with a gallon of gasoline—even...

2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX review update: Kia’s stepping stone

21 Nov
2018 Kia Niro Plug-In HybridAs automakers roll toward electrification there are various routes to take. Kia's taken a three-prong approach with a new hatchback called the Niro. It's available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and soon an all-electric model, giving consumers the ability to choose what powertrain best fits their requirements and lifestyle. The plug-in hybrid...

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid priced at $35,970 ahead of LA auto show debut

20 Nov
2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid  -  First Drive, Santa Barbara CA, Nov. 2019Subaru's first plug-in hybrid has a price tag. The 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will start at $35,970 (including a $995 destination fee) when it goes on sale. The brand said Monday that the Crosstrek Hybrid will make its formal debut at the 2019 Los Angeles auto show in a week. The powertrain combines Subaru's 2.0-liter flat-4 engine and all-wheel drive...

2019 BMW i8

6 Nov
2019 BMW i8Even among six-figure cars with two doors, the 2019 BMW i8 steals stares. That could be because of the dramatic wing doors and futuristic shape, its laser headlights at night, or the 2019 i8’s silent propulsion for up to 18 miles. Or it may steal attention because, even after more than four years on sale, it’s a very rare sight. The i8...

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid recalled over powertrain module, fire risk

6 Nov
2018 Chrysler Pacifica HybridAnother recall has stung the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The automaker filed the recall with the NHTSA last month over the minivan's powertrain control module. In some cases, the powertrain control module may cause an improper engine start after the Pacifica Hybrid operates in electric mode. The improper engine start may lead to extra fuel entering...

2019 Kia Niro

16 Oct
2019 Kia NiroThe 2019 Kia Niro is efficiency without pretense. Kind of like an office stapler, but with a better stereo, perhaps. As Kia’s dedicated electrified model, no version of the Niro is sold without a hybrid battery. (A Niro with a much bigger battery and no gasoline engine is due soon, we hear.) We give the 2019 Niros that are on sale now a 6.0...

2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid price cut to $34,135

20 Jul
2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In HybridIn an effort to spur sales amidst the onslaught of crossover SUVs, Hyundai on Thursday sliced the cost of its 2018 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid sedan by $1,350 to $34,135. MORE: 2018 Hyundai Accent, 2018 Kia Rio pass stringent IIHS crash test The top-tier Limited trim gets a price bump of $250 to $39,750 before adding that same freight charge, but...

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid

19 Jan
2018 Ford Fusion HybridThe 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi are now in their sixth model year, older than any competing mid-size sedans with high-efficiency hybrid or plug-in versions. Mildly refreshed last year, the Fusion remains a good-looking sedan with a comfortable and stylish interior. The hybrid Fusion has four trim levels: the base S, the mid-level SE...