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Hybrid Cars Safer for Passengers than Gas-Only Versions

A recent study conducted by the Highway Loss Data Institute claims that hybrid vehicles do a better job of protecting their occupants in accidents compared with their conventional gas-powered twins. “On average, the odds of being injured in a crash are 25 percent lower for people in hybrids than people traveling in nonhybrid models,” the HLDI reports. The main reason the HLDI says hybrids are safer for passengers is that they typically weigh more than their gas-powered siblings due to ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Safety, IIHS, Hybrids, HLDI

Nissan, General Motors and Lotus Announce Recalls

If you own a Nissan 370Z, Infiniti G37 Coupe, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana or Lotus Elise, you may need to head over to the dealership. These cars and vans are all affected by recent recalls. The 2011 Nissan 370Z and Infiniti G37 Coupe from model years 2011 and 2012 may have faulty power windows. They both come standard with pinch protection, so if the window is going up and senses that an object like a finger or an arm is ... continue reading»

Tags: Recalls, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, Lotus Elise, Nissan 370Z, Infiniti G37, Model News

Mitsubishi i is America's Most Fuel-Efficient Car

The Mitsubishi i electric car is now the most fuel-efficient car sold in the United States, according to the EPA and the Department of Energy. Until the release of the 2012 Fuel Economy Guide, the Nissan Leaf had the country’s highest combined fuel economy rating, but with the 2012 Mitsubishi i now on the market, the Leaf has slipped to second place. The EPA rates the electric Mitsubishi i at 126 miles per gallon-equivalent (mpg-e) in the city, and ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Hybrid Cars, electric cars, Fuel Economy, Mitsubishi i

Rolls-Royce 102EX: The Electric Phantom

There’s something decadent about rolling past an Occupy D.C. protest in a Rolls-Royce. But I wasn’t just driving any Rolls-Royce. This was the Rolls-Royce 102EX, an all-electric concept car that will never go into production. Granted, I only got it for 30 closely-supervised minutes. During that time, I failed to meet my personal goal of blasting Wu-Tang Clan on the stereo, but for most of us, life is all about compromise, and that’s exactly what Rolls-Royce ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, Analysis, Concept Cars, Rolls Royce Phantom, electric cars

Reviewers Favorite Debuts from the LA Auto Show

The Los Angeles Auto Show gave automotive journalists an up-close look at the latest new cars that are headed for the showroom floor. Here’s a look at their favorite debuts that will hit the streets in the months to come. Check out our full coverage of the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. continue reading»

Tags: Features, Auto Shows, Ford Escape, Honda Fit, Hyundai Azera, Cadillac XTS, LA Auto Show, Infiniti JX, Subaru BRZ

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