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Falling Gas Prices Dragging Down Cost of Fuel-Efficient Cars

If you’ve been eying a used hybrid or fuel-efficient small car, now is the time to buy, while declining gas prices have consumers less concerned with saving money on fuel. As this concern lessens, so does demand for efficient used vehicles, which is leading to a decline in their average retail value. A recent report by the National Automobile Dealers Association indicates that prices for used small and midsize cars and hybrids will be $300 to $900 less in ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Used Cars, Gas Prices, Small Cars, Hybrids, Fuel Economy

Most Hybrid Owners Switch Back to Conventional Cars

Most people who own a hybrid car or SUV switch back to gas-only vehicles when it’s time to buy a new vehicle, according to a new study by Polk, a company that provides auto information and data. The study found that just 35 percent of all hybrid owners buy another hybrid. After excluding Toyota Prius owners, that number drops to about 22 percent. Gas prices continue to soar, with today’s average gallon of regular gas selling for $3 ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Tips and Advice, Gas Prices, Hybrids, Fuel Economy

Young Car Buyers Want Hybrids, Lots of Tech

According to a recent study by Deloitte, most car buyers between the ages of 19 and 31 prefer hybrids and cars with touch-screen interfaces, opting for fuel efficiency and interior tech over performance or luxury. This generation will soon account for a larger percentage of the new-car market than aging baby boomers, which means that new cars could change drastically in the upcoming years. After seeing the results of Deloitte’s annual automotive-centered survey of Generation Y, Craig Giffi, vice ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Car Tech, Hybrids, plug in hybrids, Fuel Economy

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

Test Drive: 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

After a week driving the Chevrolet Volt, I tested the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. I’ve also driven the Kia Optima Hybrid in the past and there’s one thing that’s the same with all three cars – they lack power. To be fair, hybrids are meant to conserve fuel and be more eco-friendly than their gas-only versions, although some luxury hybrids from BMW, Porsche, Lexus and Infiniti are more powerful than their base gas-only counterparts. I didn’t miss the ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, Analysis, Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Hybrids

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