New Accord Hybrid: Details, But No Car Until ’18

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Honda is launching the redesigned 2018 Accord this month – but not the new Accord Hybrid, which has to wait until early in the actual 2018 calendar year for its debut. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 30 seconds.] Still, the company’s disclosed some details, so here we go: Like the all-gasoline 2018 Accords, the new … Read more »

Volvo to Electrify Entire Lineup

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Every new model Volvo introduces starting in 2019 will be an electrified Volvo, the company said. That doesn’t mean Volvo’s doing away with internal combustion engines. Rather, all new models of Volvo cars, station wagons and SUVs introduced after the end of next year will have an electric motor – some to augment the internal … Read more »

2018 Accord Hybrid Gets July Debut

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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

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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

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  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

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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

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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 »

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Tops Prius in EPA Ratings

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More Hybrid, Plug-In Models Coming, Carmaker Says   The upcoming 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid sedan has received an EPA fuel efficiency rating of 58 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, beating the previous champion, Toyota’s 2017 Prius Eco Two, by 2 mpg. The Ioniq, one of a family of electrified sedans Hyundai … 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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