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Greenest Family Cars

Finding a car that suits your family’s needs is one thing, but if you’re environmentally-conscious, your search might extend beyond comfort, cargo space and available options. We use data from the Environmental Protection Agency to find the vehicles that can haul your family, but are less harsh on the environment. If you want to befriend Mother Earth and teach your kids to do the same, find out which cars make the list in Greenest Family Cars. In Pictures ... continue reading»

Tags: Features, Green Cars, Family Cars, Best Cars for Families

Cars of Summer: Saving Gas in the Kia Optima Hybrid

For most people, summer is driving season-- day trips, road trips, drives to the beach, festivals, fairs, visiting friends and commuting in the bright sunshine. This summer, U.S. News is putting the cars we test through their summer paces and giving you tips and advice for making the most of your summer driving. In this installment, the Kia Optima Hybrid fights high summer gas prices while commuting. Gas prices rise in the summer, and it seems like the media ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, Green Cars, Gas Prices, Cars of Summer, 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid

Toyota Predicts 16,000 Prius Plug-in Sales

Toyota has high expectations for the 2012 Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHV), and expects to sell at least 16,000 models after the highly-anticipated addition to the Prius family debuts in 2012, reports the Detroit Free Press. The publication spoke with Toyota Spokesman John Hanson, who did not mention concerns about the affects the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake had on Toyota’s vehicle supply. “We think it's going to be a strong seller, and we'll deliver to whatever ... continue reading»

Tags: Green Cars, Model News

Honda Promises 30 Percent Reduction in Carbon Emissions by 2021

It’s always good news when an automaker increases its efforts to stay environmentally friendly, and Tuesday, Honda announced plans to significantly reduce its carbon dioxide output in the next 10 years. “Honda has now set a target to reduce CO2 emissions from its global products by 30 percent by the end of 2020 compared to year 2000 levels,” Honda states in a press release. “Furthermore, in addition to reducing CO2 emissions during production and supply chain, Honda will strengthen ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Environment, Green Cars

Ask U.S. News: Chevy Volt Quality

On a recent blog post about the cost of super-efficient cars, a user called Stastny asked, “is there any record of personal experiences like maintenance reliability and general feeling on Chevy Volt?” Unfortunately, Stastny, there’s not. The Volt hasn’t been out long enough for the kind of long-term ownership and maintenance data you’re looking for. Reviewers generally like how the Volt feels, quality-wise. The Detroit News notes, “The cabin is simply the best Chevy interior available. The ... continue reading»

Tags: Tips and Advice, Green Cars, Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt, Ford C MAX, Reliability

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