Hybrids

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Lexus LS 500h

Review and Test Drive:  2018 Lexus LS 500h

When Lexus’ flagship sedan, the LS, made its debut in 1989, it marked the first successful volley of a Japanese automaker into the luxury space. Its very existence was headline worthy and it overtook BMW and Mercedes-Benz in overall U.S. sales within two years, although it took a little over …

Some California EV and Hybrid Drivers to Lose Carpool Lane Privileges

Some California EV and Hybrid Drivers to Lose Carpool Lane Privileges

Drivers in California who own older low- and zero-emission vehicles will soon lose the right to drive in the state’s high-occupancy vehicle, or HOV, lanes.
The move, which is expected to affect some 220,000 drivers and vehicles, goes into effect on January 1, 2019.
Drivers who received the stickers which permit them to …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE

Review and Test Drive:  2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE

Toyota’s gas-electric hybrid Camry recently celebrated its tenth birthday and it has remained one of the roomiest hybrids on the market. When launched, it came with a fuel-economy rating of 34 mpg (6.9 l/100 km), 10 mpg better than the conventionally-powered Camry and with little compromise in the passenger cabin …

2017 Toyota Prius Prime: First Look and Photo Gallery

2017 Toyota Prius Prime: First Look and Photo Gallery

The Toyota Prius Prime is an all-new plug-in hybrid and the successor to the Prius Plug-In Hybrid that the Japanese automaker introduced in 2012. It’s far more efficient than the outgoing model, is replete with new technology, and can travel greater distances on all-electric power.
While the Prius Prime’s styling is …

Diesel Cars Awarded Five Slots on AAA’s Green Car Guide Top 10 List

Diesel Cars Awarded Five Slots on AAA’s Green Car Guide Top 10 List

The Automobile Association of America’s recent Green Car Guide, which reviewed 83 hybrids, electrics, CNGs, clean diesel vehicles, and partial zero emissions vehicles, gave diesel cars top honors. Half of the top 10 highest scoring cars on the AAA guide’s list were clean diesel vehicles.
The list included five clean diesels, …

2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5: The 2,000-Mile Road Trip – Review and Report

2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5: The 2,000-Mile Road Trip – Review and Report

Despite the fact that gas-electric hybrids having been around for more than a decade, and BMW has offered one for the better half of one, there remains a sense of novelty to driving a car without the gas engine running. Especially with the soaring cost of fuel, hybrids have been …

2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 – Review and Test Drive

2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 – Review and Test Drive

BMW introduced its first hybrids, the ActiveHybrid X6 and ActiveHybrid 7, back in 2009.  Since then, the luxury segment has seen the introduction of hybrids from a variety of automakers, including Lexus and Mercedes-Benz.
What the ActiveHybrid 5 has in common with its ActiveHybrid predecessors is BMW’s ActiveHybrid branding.   Other than …

Introducing The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Car: the 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

Introducing The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Car: the 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

MUNICH—A BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is the newest member of The Diesel Driver’s long-term fleet, but it arrived a bit late   The Azurite Black ActiveHybrid 5 was to be delivered to Jonathan Spira and Christian Stampfer at the BMW Welt in Munich Thursday but, over the preceding weekend, a hailstorm pelted …

Porsche Debuts Panamera S E-Hybrid Plug-In in Shanghai

Porsche Debuts Panamera S E-Hybrid Plug-In in Shanghai

At the 15th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, Porsche introduced the new Panamera S E-Hybrid plug-in in concert with an updated version of the Panamera line.  The original Panamera was introduced in Shanghai in 2009.  Porsche added diesel and hybrid versions two years later.
Porsche chose Shanghai for the premier in …

Diesel and Hybrid Owners Sound Off: Most Would Buy Another

Diesel and Hybrid Owners Sound Off:  Most Would Buy Another

A series of polls conducted by The Diesel Driver magazine revealed that the overwhelming majority (94.1%) of diesel owners said they plan to purchase a diesel as their next car.  Only 5.9% said that they would not.
While hybrid owners were not quite as emphatic, a clear majority, or 67%, said …

Poll: Would You Buy Another Hybird?

Poll: Would You Buy Another Hybird?

Following the New York International Auto Show, the headlines were full of news reports about more fuel-efficient cars running the gamut from hybrid to diesel to those that are simply more economical.  Equally notable were the number of feature stories that calculated the break-even point for hybrids and electric vehicles …

Poll: Would You Buy Another Diesel?

Poll: Would You Buy Another Diesel?

A study released earlier this week by R.I. Polk revealed that most hybrid owners in the U.S. are unlikely to purchase another hybrid vehicle the next time they go car shopping.
While the reasons for this were unclear, one possibility is that the owners found, even with more expensive gasoline, it …