2018 Accord Hybrid Gets July Debut

Honda is slated to unveil its redesigned Accord next month, including the 2018 Accord Hybrid with a “next generation” update of the two-motor hybrid system first launched in 2013. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 10 seconds.] Honda says it will unveil the redesigned Accord next month, including the 2018 Accord Hybrid. Sales of the the … Read more »

2018 Camry Hybrid LE Gets 52 MPG Rating

What wonders a new platform and battery system can make: Toyota’s 2018 Camry Hybrid – the entry LE model – has won a segment-leading 52 mpg combined city-highway fuel efficiency rating from the federal EPA. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 10 seconds.] That’s an impressive 30 percent increase over the 2017 model and tops among … Read more »

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Pricing and Model Overview

  Hyundai engineers set out 11 years ago to develop a world-class hybrid, and with the launch of the Ioniq compact hatchback this month they believe they’ve hit the mark. The Ioniq Hybrid is a car that is more efficient, lower priced and slightly roomier than the hybrid segment’s 800-lb. gorilla, Toyota’s Prius. [Estimated Reading … Read more »

Hybrid Competition: Kia, Nissan Vs Toyota

When you’re the big dog, everyone wants to cut you down, and Toyota is the big dog in the hybrid car world. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 min., 30 seconds.] The latest hybrid competition comes from Nissan and Kia – each is introducing a new hybrid priced to undercut the Toyota hybrid that competes in a … Read more »

Flurry of Electrified Honda Models Coming

Honda said it will launch a new dedicated hybrid model, made-in-the-U.S.A., in 2018, as part of a move to make electrified Honda models account for half of all the new vehicles it launches in the U.S. in the next two years. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 20 seconds.] One of those will be a hybrid … Read more »

What’s a hybrid?

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It’s hard to believe now, but hybrids – cars like the Toyota Prius – once were considered exotic vehicles with mysteriously complicated powertrains.

The hybrid powertrain is a bit complex, but the cars, which debuted in the U.S. in 1999 with the first generation Honda Insight, followed rapidly by rival Toyota’s Prius, are now commonplace with nearly four dozen models on the market.

Still, it’s nice to know what’s under the hood, and elsewhere.

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