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2011 Kia Optima Hybrid: What We Noticed

I took the new 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid for a spin Wednesday at a launch event in Washington, D.C. It has enough power for daily driving, but if you’re looking for a family sedan, you may dislike its tiny trunk. The $26,500 Optima Hybrid is a sharp-looking car. I got several looks from other drivers as I drove the sleek, black sedan around D.C. I spoke with Adam Perlow, director of retail sales operations for Kia ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, Hybrids, 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid, Optima Hybrid

Does the Media Overhype Hybrids?

Edmunds.com held a press conference this week that detailed five myths about the automotive industry. While all the myths are interesting, we dove into myth number five, which says there will be one million electric and hybrid vehicles on the road by 2015. The data Edmunds presents is pretty persuasive. Hybrids make up only about 1 percent of cars on the road. Hybrid market share has been slow to grow. In 2005, it was 0.1 percent of the ... continue reading»

Tags: Analysis, Hybrids, plug in hybrids, electric cars

Nissan Discontinues Altima Hybrid

Nissan has decided to axe the Altima Hybrid sedan after the 2011 model year. The automaker issued a statement last week detailing its 2012 vehicle lineup, and the Altima Hybrid was not on the list. Cars.com’s KickingTires spoke with Josh Clifton, a Nissan communications manager, who confirmed the news. The hybrid sedan was introduced to shoppers in November 2006 as a 2007 model. The Altima Hybrid was Nissan’s first hybrid vehicle and was touted by the automaker ... continue reading»

Tags: Nissan Altima Hybrid, Hybrids, Model News

Ford to Sell Hybrid and Plug-in C-MAX Minivan, No Gas-Only Version

Ford has decided not to build its seven-passenger gas-only C-MAX minivan for the U.S. market. Instead, the automaker will build a five-passenger C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid. Ford also announced Thursday that it will triple production of its electric vehicles through 2013. The automaker says it is giving customers who want fuel-efficient vehicles new hybrid and plug-in hybrid options. The automaker is planning to sell five electric vehicles in North America by 2012, including the Transit Connect ... continue reading»

Tags: Chevrolet Volt, Ford C MAX, Hybrids, Model News, plug in hybrids

Is Going Green Worth It? Hybrids vs. Conventional Models

It’s a question we get a lot here at U.S. News Cars. Given that hybrids and other green cars often cost more than their gas-only counterparts, does it make financial sense to buy one? The answer depends on which cars you’re comparing. Car Price EPA-Estimated Annual Fuel Costs Better Deal? 2012 Honda Civic Sedan EX $20,505 $1,917 Civic saves $3,545 at dealership; would take over six years to match that in gas savings 2012 ... continue reading»

Tags: Tips and Advice, Gas Prices, Honda Civic, Honda Civic Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata, Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Hybrids, Saving Money

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