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The Prius has evolved over time — its powertrain has undergone constant improvement and the original sedan has given way to sleeker designs — but it remains the industry’s best complete hybrid. (Toyota)

Fourth-generation Toyota Prius still reigns supreme

Gas-electric hybrids account for a tiny fraction of U.S. auto sales, but automakers aren’t backing off. Every year, it seems, some new hybrid debuts, and companies like Honda and Volvo have announced aggressive new electrification strategies. Toyota was an early leader in the movement. It...

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For 2015, a stout new turbo-diesel joins the Jetta lineup; a new grille and redesigned front fascia give the compact sedan a wider and more substantial feel; engines are more efficient; piano-black trim and new soft-touch surfaces animate the subdued cockpit (Volkswagen)

VW Jetta: Promise fulfilled

Volkswagen dropped the sixth-generation Jetta in 2011 and has refined its DNA each year since. Its cabin has grown richer. Engines are more refined and efficient. Ride and handling have evolved. This year, a mid-cycle refresh extends the streak: A stout new turbo-diesel joins the...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 25, 2014

Honda is back in the midsize sedan hybrid game, with the 2014 Accord Hybrid ($29,945, including destination). It’s based on a four-cylinder powertrain and marries sterling EPA numbers -- 50 mpg city/45 mpg highway/47 mpg combined -- with convincing performance (Honda)

2014 Accord Hybrid: Second-chance sensation

I once hailed the Honda Accord Hybrid as the car that would bring hybrid technology into the mainstream. He shoots. He misses. That car, the original Accord Hybrid, circa 2005-07, had everything going for the one that mattered -- fuel efficiency. Apparently wanting it both...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2013

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U.S. Army FED: Hybrid Humvee

You know fuel prices are too high when the U.S. military starts building hybrid Humvees. The FED (Fuel Efficiency Demonstrator) isn’t a replacement for the trusty all-purpose vehicle. Rather the concept is a showcase of the technologies the Army hopes to apply to its existing...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9, 2013

2015 Toyota FCV  (Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.)

43 Alternative fuel vehicles we’ll see by 2015

Wondering how automakers are going to meet federal mandates that nearly double fuel economy standards by 2025? According to a comprehensive list released by Edmunds.com, the oracle of automotive information, we can expect to see at least 43 new hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery-electric vehicles, diesels...

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MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012

Hybrid Killer: 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI

Consumers are wising up to the realization they don’t have to buy a hybrid for the sake of fuel economy. On average clean diesel vehicles are 30%-35% more fuel efficient than their gasoline counterparts, meet the same emissions standards and make significantly more low-end power....

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