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Chevrolet, Lexus, Subaru and Toyota Score Five-Star Safety Ratings

2014 Subaru Forester The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently awarded its top rating of five stars to a number of new Chevrolet, Lexus, Subaru and Toyota vehicles. Kicking Tires writes, “NHTSA's crash tests examine vehicles' safety performance in frontal and side collisions, as well as roof strength in rollover accidents.” Rear- and four-wheel drive models of the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab earned five stars overall, as well as five stars in front and side crash tests and four ... continue reading»

Tags: Safety, Crash Tests, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Lexus IS, Subaru Forester, Model News, Toyota Prius v

EPA Rates 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid at 47 MPG

Ford announced official fuel economy ratings for the 2013 C-Max Hybrid Tuesday, noting that the new hybrid car uses less fuel than the 2012 Toyota Prius v. With an EPA rating of 47/47 mpg city/highway, the automaker says in a press release that C-Max Hybrid beats the Prius V’s fuel economy “by up to 7 mpg.” The EPA rates the 2012 Prius v at 44/40 mpg city/highway, but has yet to post the C-Max Hybrid ... continue reading»

Tags: Ford C MAX, Model News, Fuel Economy, Toyota Prius v

Toyota Increases Prices on Six Vehicles

Toyota announced last week that it is raising prices on five model-year 2012 Toyota vehicles and one 2013 Scion vehicle. The MSRP increase ranges from $50 to $270, depending on the model and trim level. The higher U.S. prices will go into effect in May, Toyota says in a statement. Prices for all other new Scion and Toyota vehicles remain the same. Toyota and Scion models receiving a price increase: 2012 Toyota Camry: increase of $50 to $270, depending ... continue reading»

Tags: Scion tC, Toyota Camry, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Toyota Tacoma, Model News, Toyota Prius v

2012 Toyota Prius c to Hit Showrooms in March

The Toyota Prius is known worldwide for its outstanding fuel economy ratings, and in March, a new addition to the Prius family, the 2012 Prius c, will hit the market. The c joins the third-generation Prius, Prius Plug-in Hybrid and Prius v. The Toyota Prius c hatchback is the smallest and lightest Prius model. It’s 19.1 inches shorter and 542 pounds lighter than the third-generation Prius, Toyota says in a press release. Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology ... continue reading»

Tags: Toyota Prius, Honda Insight, Honda CR Z, Toyota Prius c, Model News, 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, Toyota Prius v

Honda Civic Natural Gas Named 2012 Green Car of the Year

Green Car Journal awarded its Green Car of the Year Award to the 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. The natural gas-powered Civic is the only factory-built car in the United States to run on the alternative fuel, Honda says in a press release. The recipient of the award must be a significant entry in the market and have “newness” and “quantifiable environmental achievement,” Green Car Journal says in a statement. Other contenders ... continue reading»

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Focus Electric, Honda, Model News, Honda Civic Natural Gas, Mitsubishi i, Toyota Prius v, Volkswagen Passat TDI, LA Auto Show

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