Tag: hybrids

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Review: Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric
Feb 21, 2017

Meet the Ioniqs: A Green Trio From Hyundai

Jim Motavalli

The Ioniq family includes a hybrid with the best fuel economy available today, the most efficient battery car on the market, and a plug-in hybrid that splits the difference between the two.

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Feb 09, 2017

If You Want to Go Off-Road, Get a True SUV

Dear Car Talk

Evan asks if a newer crossover will handle backcountry exploration like the more rugged trucks of yore.

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DC Auto Show
Jan 30, 2017

From Washington: Where's Donald Trump on Self-Driving Cars?

Jim Motavalli

The Washington Auto Show usually focuses on policy--there aren't any new model introductions. This year, everybody was wondering where the new President stands on the issues, especially self-driving cars.

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Ford considers hybrid Mustang
Jan 07, 2017

Ford to Build Mustang and F-150 Hybrids, Plus 300-Mile Electric Car

Jim Motavalli

Ford is making a big commitment to electrics, including electrifying its iconic sports cars and trucks. And, oh yes, it's cancelling that hated Mexican small car plant.

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is the chrysler pacifica a good choice for the owners of some big dogs
Oct 25, 2016

Reader Seeks Ray's Approval on the Latest Chrysler Family Hauler

Dear Car Talk

Will Deborah be happy with the new Pacifica? Ray chimes in with his own Chrysler minivan experience.

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Jun 14, 2016

Want an SUV or Crossover? At Least Make It Green

Jim Motavalli

There are some great crossover choices that come in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery flavors. Maybe not the best ride for the Oscars or a Greenpeace rally, but at least not embarrassing.  


can gas get old in hybrid engines that don't use much
Jun 09, 2016

Can Gasoline "Go Bad" in Hybrids?

Dear Car Talk

If your hybrid doesn't use the engine much, is it possible for the gasoline to "go bad" over time? Ray injects some know-how into the question.

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Prius battery life
May 26, 2016

Is Battery Life a Deal-Breaker on a Prius?

Dear Car Talk

Lois wants a new Prius and needs to know if the battery will go the distance. 

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Mar 11, 2016

Adventures With 'Ol Sparkie

Jim Motavalli

Are green cars, hybrids and electrics, complicated and unreliable? The evidence--like a trouble-free 300,000-mile Chevy Volt--proves otherwise.


Mar 02, 2016

Meet the World's First Hybrid Car--Built in 1896

Jim Motavalli

An American genius named Harry Dey introduced the Armstrong Phaeton hybrid car to an indifferent world before the turn of the century. It had a self-starter, a semi-automatic transmission, and could run on gas, electric power, or both. The one example has just been restored and is headed for auction.

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