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Lexus Tops Dependability Study

If you like to drive your car, truck or SUV until the wheels fall off, dependability is important, and according to a new study, vehicles are generally becoming more dependable. J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study indicates that the strong initial quality of vehicles built in 2009 “has translated into historically high levels of vehicle dependability in 2012.” Compared with 2011’s dependability study of 2008 model-year vehicles, owners reported 13 percent fewer problems with ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Stats and Studies, Buick Lucerne, Ford Fusion, Lexus ES, Lincoln MKZ, Scion tC, Toyota Prius, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Genesis

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

Toyota Announces Pricing for 2012 Prius Lineup

Toyota announced prices for its 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in and Prius v hybrids last week. The base Prius Plug-in hybrid will start at $32,000, while the Plug-in Advanced starts at $39,525. The Toyota Prius v Two wagon starts at $26,400, the Toyota Prius v Three has a price tag of $27,165 and the top-of-the-line Toyota Prius v Five starts at $29,990. All prices exclude a $760 delivery, processing and handling fee. The 2012 Toyota Prius ... continue reading»

Tags: New Cars, Toyota Prius, Model News

Hybrid, Electric Vehicle Sales Plummet in June

Last month, electric and hybrid vehicles had their lowest sales numbers in more than six years, Edmunds.com reports. Edmunds says that shoppers are still very interested in all-electric and hybrid-electric vehicles because more consumers are researching green cars on their site, but it’s not translating into sales mainly due to a lack of inventory. Overall sales of hybrids and all-electric vehicles were down 30 percent in June compared to the same month a year ago and down 17 ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Honda Civic Hybrid, Toyota Prius, Honda Insight, Nissan LEAF, Hybrids, plug in hybrids, electric 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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