The king of compact cars has another impressive jewel in its crown, as editors at website Hybrid Cars managed to juice 68.7 MPG out of the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid on a ten-mile test course. The car's fuel economy is officially rated at 44/44/44 city/highway/combined miles-per-gallon. So what funky feat of driving allowed this amped up gas mileage?
It's now been just over a decade since the first hybrids, the original Honda Insight and Toyota Prius, were introduced. After a slow start, rising fuel costs caused consumer interest to take off mid-decade. Today, most consumers have some idea of what a hybrid is, but many are unaware that hybrid systems from competing manufacturers have entirely different hardware and function in dramatically dissimilar ways. That's why, for instance, you can't drive a Honda Civic hybrid on electric power alone
Take the internal combustion engine and computer-controlled automatic transmission that can be found in just about every single automobile sold in the past 50 years, add a complex electric motor, high-tech battery pack and a bunch more electronics to make them all play nicely together... and you've got a hybrid. When viewed in this manner, it comes as little surprise that repair costs might be a wee bit higher for a hybrid vehicle than for its conventional siblings ($182 on average higher, for w
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Peugeot's new executive-class sedan has spotted getting ready for a likely photoshoot in Madrid, wearing nothing but a car cover. Given the timing, we're guessing the new 508 sedan will get its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in September and then go on sale late this year or in early 2011.
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Since we're already aware that Land Rover is working on some hybrid products for the near future, it only seems fitting that Jaguar would join in too. The report from UK-based Car magazine claims that Jaguar will have a hybrid-electric car ready for debut by 2013. Car adds that the vehicle will be powered by a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 that's joined by an electric motor and connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. According to the report, the hybrid powertrain will command a premium of
It's been said that with the emergence of electric vehicles, the hybrid may soon be left for dead; we see it a different way. Yes, hybrids may be viewed as a bridge between gasoline-powered vehicles of today and the battery-electric cars of tomorrow, but this figurative bridge spans a gap much longer than the infamous Golden Gate. If you view the auto industry and look at the numerous technologies that have evolved throughout the years, everything could be viewed as a connector to the next great
We recently reported on a comparison test where Autocar pitted three diesels against a gasoline-powered Alfa and the Honda CR-Z hybrid. The results showed that the diesels were the mileage champs in that test with the CR-Z placing fourth and the gas-fed Alfa in last place. Well, comments poured suggesting that the Toyota Prius would have trounced the competition, which is likely true. It was also noted that the whole test was unfair in many ways, which may be right. Fairness aside, there's sever
Imagine a police chase in Manhattan where a Ford Fusion Hybrid pulls up behind the criminal followed by a few Priuses, an Escape Hybrid and a couple of Altima hybrids. Now, think of the scenario where the criminal, driving his gas-guzzling Hummer, takes off out of the city limits on a long-distance chase. A hundred miles later, the criminal creeps to the side of the road running on nothing but fumes while the NYPD hybrid crew has consumed less than three gallons per vehicle. While this scenario
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