2011 Chevrolet Volt Vs 2011 Nissan Leaf: 7,000 Miles Later

Green Car Reports

After several months of using a 2011 Chevy Volt and a 2011 Nissan Leaf as our sole family transport, we have a better understanding of both cars than we did in March, when I first wrote about how they compared. First to arrive at our West Sacramento home was a beautiful crystal red 2011 Volt.

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2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6

Hybrid SUV Blog

Well, that is definitely not the case with the 2011 BMX ActiveHybrid X6. To achieve that acceleration, this 2011 BMW uses a combination of a 400-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with direct fuel injection and two electric motors. An SUV with No Performance Compromises.

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2011 Tesla Roadster

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The 2011 Tesla Roadster is the latest The Tesla Roadster will always occupy a prominent place in history, as the first modern electric car in mass production. Sure, it's expensive, and sure, there will only ever be 2,500 made. But it was the first credible alternative to a century of fast cars gasoline powered cars, and it made electric cars sexy.

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2011 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid

Hybrid SUV Blog

The 2011 Chevy Tahoe is still one of the largest hybrid SUVs on the market today. Even with these capabilities, the 2011 Tahoe delivers an EPA estimated 20 MPG city and 23 highway. Reviewers did cite some negatives about the 2011 Tahoe Hybrid.

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2011 Hyundai Elantra Vs 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco (Video)

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Two of the newest compact cars on the road today are the 2011 Hyundai Elantra and the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. In the case of the Chevy, we drove the 2011 Cruze Eco model, which gets the highest EPA gas mileage rating: 28 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, for a combined Now we've driven both of them, testing each car with a six-speed manual transmission.

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2011 Honda CR-Z

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The 2011 Honda CR-Z is the smallest hybrid sold in the U.S. But the demands of high fuel economy and hundreds of extra pounds of safety gear and features mean that the 2011 CR-Z is and the only two-seat sports coupe hybrid to boot. It’s meant to recall Honda’s much-loved CRX from the Eighties and Nineties, but with a modern twist.

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2011 Lexus RX 450h

Green Car Reports

The 2011 Lexus RX 450h may be the star attraction of the most popular model in the entire Lexus line. Now in its third generation, the RX mid-size crossover utility vehicle has become the de facto standard for upscale suburban families. Its hybrid model adds a suitably green conscience to this otherwise tall, heavy luxury family vehicle.

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2011 Toyota Prius

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The 2011 Toyota Prius hybrid has the highest gas mileage of any car sold in the U.S. this year: 51 mpg city, 48 mpg highway, for a combined EPA fuel efficiency rating of 50 mpg. It's a practical five-door hatchback with enough interior room to qualify as a mid-size car. Outside times when gas prices spike--when Prius sales go through the roof--you

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2011 Nissan Leaf

Green Car Reports

The 2011 Nissan Leaf is the first battery electric car from a major carmaker built in high volumes for almost a century. Its distinctive five-door design makes it as recognizable and iconic on the road as the Toyota Prius hybrid, yet distinctively a Nissan. As the sole all-electric car sold in volume this year, it’s hands-down the greenest

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2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Reviewed

Hybrid SUV Blog

Ford is retiring the Mercury name, but that hasn’t put a dent in the reputation of the 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid. The 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid comes in two versions. One downside to the 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid, noted by many reviewers, is that the Mariner is on the pricey side.

Fiat 875cc TwinAir named International Engine of the Year 2011

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Fiat’s 875cc TwinAir engine ( earlier post ) was named the International Engine of the Year 2011. Cutaway of the 875cc TwinAir. Click to enlarge.

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2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Green Car Reports

Unlike dedicated hybrids without a comparable gas-only version, the 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid carries its gasoline-electric powertrain in a body that looks just like the conventional Highlander mid-size crossover utility vehicle. It’s a family-friendly hybrid utility vehicle, spacious and well-equipped, though hardly a car for the

Ford Escape Hybrid Update For 2011

Hybrid SUV Blog

The 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid SUV continues to offer superior fuel economy as its past years’ models. The significant changes in the 2011 edition are all technological. The 2011 Escape Hybrid combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a battery-powered electric motor.

2011 Kia Optima / Optima Hybrid

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The all-new 2011 Kia Optima range is a quantum leap ahead of previous Optimas, and the mid-size sedan has emerged as a strong and stylish competitor to the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Chevrolet Malibu. Its greenest model, the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid, will arrive later this year.

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2011 Hybrid Highlander Raises The Bar Again

Hybrid SUV Blog

Modest changes give the 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid a slightly different look, better fuel economy, more horsepower, and some additional standard features. The seven-passenger 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid delivers an estimated 28 mpg.

US vehicle miles traveled down 1.1% in 1H 2011

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billion miles) in the first six months of 2011, according to the June 2011 Traffic Volume Trends report from the Federal Highway Administration. Total vehicle miles traveled in the US dropped 1.1% (15.5

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2011 Nissan Versa

Green Car Reports

The 2011 Nissan Versa combines two appealing features for the subcompact class: It’s bigger inside than many of its competitors, and it’s one of the lowest-priced cars on sale today. Big and inexpensive is a good combination, and it explains the consistently good sales of Nissan’s smallest model despite its distinct lack of

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Driven: 2011 Ford Fiesta SEL

Green Car Reports

Another review of the 2011 Ford Fiesta? I know what you're thinking. Sheesh! Isn't that car so old news by now? Isn't it so. Well, perhaps, but despite that fact that I'd driven the subcompact Fiesta several times--including at the press launch and on a road trip across the eastern U.S. and Canada--I'd never had one to test for a whole

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2011 Honda Insight

Green Car Reports

The 2011 Honda Insight is the least expensive hybrid car on sale in the U.S. this year, at a base price of just $18,970 with delivery. But despite this distinction, the subcompact hatchback hasn’t been a success for Honda, selling just a fraction of early projections. In part, that’s because it sits on showroom floors right next to the

2011 Ford Escape Hybrid

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It was the first hybrid sport utility in the world, launched with great fanfare by Ford in 2004, and for 2011, the Escape Hybrid is still going strong--and still selling steadily. Now an old design in the twilight of its life cycle, the 2011 Ford The current design dates back to a 2008 freshening of a basic vehicle first launched way back in 1999.

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2011 Nissan Leaf vs 2011 Chevy Volt: Strengths & Weaknesses, By The Man Who Owns Both

Green Car Reports

Many comments are appearing on the internet taking enthusiastic positions for either the new 2011 Chevy Volt or the 2011 Nissan Leaf. It seems most readers are in one "camp" or the other. In our household, after studying the technical strengths and features of both cars as they moved from concept to production, I ended up ordering.one of each

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2011 Mazda Mazda2

Green Car Reports

The 2011 Mazda Mazda2, now in its second year, is the first subcompact from the “zoom-zoom” brand in quite some time. It competes on the sportier side of the subcompact spectrum, most notably against the Ford Fiesta—with which it shares some engineering—along with the Honda Fit. Most likely buyers who are considering more

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2011 Smart ForVision Electric Concept: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show Preview

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A few weeks ago we told you about the third generation Smart ForTwo Electric Drive which was due to be unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. With a faster top speed, better range and ultra-fast 1 hour recharge capability, the new version of the diminutive city car should hit the roads next year -- but it won’t be the only electric smart

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2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid

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The Ford Fusion Hybrid mid-size sedan was Ford's second hybrid vehicle after the Escape Hybrid crossover. The Fusion Hybrid, launched early in 2009 as a 2010 model, was a sensation. It handily beat the gas mileage of the competing Toyota Camry Hybrid, with ratings of 41 mpg city and 36 mpg highway, and its user information displays in the large

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2011 Chevrolet Volt

Green Car Reports

Years from now, the world might just view the 2011 Chevrolet Volt as the car that showed General Motors was worth saving. state by the end of 2011. The Volt is GM’s first electric car since the infamous EV1 two-seater, and this time, the company is building and selling it in volume—in every U.S. The aerodynamic five-door, four-seat

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Which Is Selling Better: 2011 Chevy Volt Or 2011 Nissan Leaf?

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But the question that we keep hearing is: Which sells better, the 2011 Nissan Leaf or the 2011 Chevrolet Volt? The first business day of every month is when automakers release sales data for the previous month. Today, we got January's sales figures, which are an improvement over last January's. They're the first two plug-in electric vehicles sold

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2011 Honda Fit

Green Car Reports

The 2011 Honda Fit is the least expensive and smallest model it offers in the U.S. market, but it’s also one of the most impressive. The upright but jaunty little subcompact offers unmatched flexibility inside, and the space of a compact car inside its minimal footprint. The Fit is peppy, enjoyable to drive (like most Hondas), and relatively

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2011 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid

Hybrid SUV Blog

The 2011 Chevy Tahoe is still one of the largest hybrid SUVs on the market today. Even with these capabilities, the 2011 Tahoe delivers an EPA estimated 20 MPG city and 23 highway. Reviewers did cite some negatives about the 2011 Tahoe Hybrid.

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2011 Hyundai Accent

Green Car Reports

At a price of $9,985 (plus destination charges) for the base GL hatchback model, the 2011 Hyundai Accent is the least expensive new car on the U.S. Sold as a three-door hatchback or a four-door sedan, the subcompact 2011 Accent is hardly as stylish as competitors like the Ford Fiesta, but that may not matter to buyers seeking market this year.

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze

Green Car Reports

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is the first fully competitive compact sedan Chevy has ever fielded, and in some areas it outshines the perennial class leaders, the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. For one, the model with the highest gas mileage—the Cruze Eco with six-speed manual transmission—is rated at 28 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, for a

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Who Actually Buys 2011 Chevy Volt Electric Cars, And Why?

Green Car Reports

Despite media attempts to conjure a "sales battle" between the 2011 Chevy Volt and the 2011 Nissan Leaf, both companies are selling every car they can manage to get into the showrooms. Now Chevrolet has released its first look at who is actually buying its Volt range-extended electric cars. The $41,000 four-seat compact hatchback plug-in hybrid is

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2011 Lexus HS 250h

Green Car Reports

Launched last year as the first “dedicated hybrid” from Toyota’s luxury brand, the 2011 Lexus HS 250h blends an attempt at Lexus levels of luxury with the gas mileage advantage of a hybrid-electric drivetrain. But it hasn’t done so quite as successfully as the 2011 CT 200h compact hybrid hatchback that followed it this

2011 Hyundai Elantra / Elantra Touring

Green Car Reports

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra is a new and very capable competitor that its maker has dropped into the fray, and early sales figures indicate it’s punching far above its weight. Globally, more compact cars are sold than any other size, and the competition is consequently fierce. It makes the Toyota Corolla, which has been the best-selling compact

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2011 Lexus HS 250h

Green Car Reports

Launched last year as the first “dedicated hybrid” from Toyota’s luxury brand, the 2011 Lexus HS 250h blends an attempt at Lexus levels of luxury with the gas mileage advantage of a hybrid-electric drivetrain. But it hasn’t done so quite as successfully as the 2011 CT 200h compact hybrid hatchback that followed it this

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid: Quick Drive

Green Car Reports

But it was only this year that Lincoln acquired its own hybrid sedan, the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Ford has been building hybrid-electric vehicles for seven years now, and the company has constantly refined and improved its hybrid system over that time. That vehicle effectively replaced the Milan Hybrid from the Mercury brand, which Ford killed

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2011 Geneva Motor Show: Nissan ESFLOW Concept Live Photos

All Cars Electric

While its official world debut isn’t pegged until the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in just a few weeks, the Nissan ESFLOW electric sports car concept has been revealed in the flesh--or should we say aluminum and carbon fiber?--at at a special media event in Frankfurt, Germany today. The High Gear Media team was on hand to bring you these live shots

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2011 Audi A3

Green Car Reports

Given the premium positioning of the 2011 Audi A3 compact hatchback, you won't be cross-shopping it against mass-market Asian brands. But as a refined, versatile German import, the A3 offers both brand cachet and a feature few other compacts have: a fuel-efficient clean diesel TDI engine. The A3 TDI is rated at 30 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, with a

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2011 Hyundai Sonata / Sonata Hybrid

Green Car Reports

Dramatically styled, stuffed with features, competitively priced, and returning some of the best gas mileage figures in the mid-size class, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata continues to sell well. Last year, the all-new Hyundai Sonata arrived like a bolt of lightning from above. It’s worrying the product planners at Toyota, Honda, Chevrolet, and

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2014 BMW i8 Live Photos: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

Green Car Reports

We were at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show to get a closer look. BMW has taken a radical departure from its traditional brand of teutonic sedans with its "i" range. The i3 is a carbon-bodied electric city car and the i8 a plug-in hybrid sports coupe, and both display wild styling and high-tech features. BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Sports Coupe The i8 is

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2012 Mitsubishi "i" VS 2011 Nissan Leaf

All Cars Electric

The 2011 Nissan What is the basic purpose of the new electric cars? For most of us, it is as a city or local commuting vehicle. The basic commuting "appliance" might be optimized to: 1. cost as little as possible to acquire; 2. have decent functional range for the typical commute or errand, e.g. 50 miles?; and 3. be able to carry 4-5 passengers.

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2011 Vectrix VX-1 Maxi Scooter: First Ride Report

Green Car Reports

Over the past month we’ve covered reviews of every major electric motorcycle available on the market today, including reviews of the 2011 Brammo Enertia, 2011 Zero S and 2011 Zero DS. Now it’s the turn of the Vectriz VX-1. Technically a scooter rather than a motorcycle, it is aimed at city dwellers looking for an alternative transport

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2011 Lexus CT 200h

Green Car Reports

The 2011 Lexus CT 200h is an eco-conscious, somewhat sporty compact hybrid hatchback. It takes Lexus to a new audience the company hasn’t sought out before: Gen X and Gen Y buyers who may be willing to give up their basic compact cars—or Toyota Prius hybrids—for the greater luxury of a Lexus, allied with gas mileage of 40 mpg or

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2011 Toyota Camry / Camry Hybrid

Green Car Reports

The 2011 Toyota Camry is in the fifth and last year of its model life, but it continues to be a top-selling mid-size sedan, as it has been for years. A very minor facelift for 2010 will carry it through until it is replaced for 2012, though for green buyers, it will be the Camry Hybrid model that’s of most interest. The Camry sedan is such a

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