Hyundai and Kia electric trucks, EPA mpg rule, Toyota Prius analysis: Today’s Car News

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Hyundai and Kia partner with a UK company for commercial EVs. The EPA backs off its plan to gut fuel efficiency rules and freeze targets. And we look back—and ahead—at the Toyota Prius. This and more, today at Green Car Reports. The U.S.

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Hyundai And Kia Detail MPG Reimbursement Plans

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Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia have revealed details on reimbursement for the owners of 1.1 The EPA found the quoted gas mileage of 13 Hyundai and Kia vehicles to be greater than official testing could achieve. million vehicles affected by overstated EPA mileage. Hyundai models affected included the Accent, Azera, Elantra, Genesis, Santa Fe

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Hyundai And Kia MPG Mistakes 'Betrayed' Buyers, Honda Exec Says

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Hyundai and Kia's recent EPA mileage overstating scandal has attracted sharp criticism from one top Honda Motor Co. executive. John Mendel, executive vice president of Honda's U.S. car sales, feels the Korean duo betrayed the trust of customers under competitive pressure. Mendel told industry representatives during the Automotive News World

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Hyundai, Kia Rapped By EPA Over Misstated MPG Stickers

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The EPA has ordered Kia and Hyundai to amend window stickers on 13 models from the 2011, 2012 and 2013 model years after the two companies were found to be misstating the cars' true efficiency. The companies will also have to pay damages to 900,000 owners across the U.S. According to Associated Press (via our sister site, TheCarConnection), the

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Tesla Model S Power Boost, 2015 Kia Soul EV Range, China MPG Punishment: Today's Car News

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Meanwhile, the 2015 Kia Soul EV gets EPA ratings of 93 miles of range and 105 MPGe. Lots of Tesla news today. Rear-wheel drive Model S electric cars get a power boost--on paper at least--and we analyze how dealer efforts to ban Tesla''s direct-sales model could backfire. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We''ve got an update on the Draconian

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MPG Marathon smashes through the 100mpg ceiling

Green Cars News

It’s typical; you wait 12 years for a car to hit a three figure mpg in the annual MPG Marathon and two come along at once. Twenty of the most fuel efficient cars available took part in Fleet World’s MPG Marathon, completing a 370-mile route of tough, real-world driving in challenging weather conditions over two [.]. Latest news Ford ECOnetic Kia Rio MPG Marathon

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Kia enhances 2014 Optima Hybrid

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Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the 2014 Optima Hybrid mid-size sedan at the Chicago Auto Show last week. The LX model achieves an EPA estimated 36 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 38 mpg combined (6.5, The 2014 Optima Hybrid builds upon the advancements of its gasoline-powered sibling, which went on sale in late-fall of last year.

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Kia lifecycle certification

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The higher the mpg, the better. Kia Weekly Column weekly columnBuilding a car that returns lots of miles to the gallon while emitting as few nasty emissions as possible is a key definer of green cars. The lower the CO2, the better. Most of a car’s impact on the environment – over 80 per cent – comes as a [.].

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Kia upgraded 2018 Sportage features new 1.6L diesel, 2.0L diesel 48V mild-hybrid technology

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Kia Motors’ upgraded 2018 Kia Sportage ( earlier post ), the brand’s global best-selling vehicle, offers a 2.0-liter diesel engine now available with Kia’s new eight-speed automatic transmission, and—in certain markets—48-volt mild-hybrid power ( earlier post ).

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Kia Optima Hybrid sets a new Guinness World Record for fuel economy; Gerdes and Bernius achieve average 64.55 mpg through 48 US states

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A Kia Optima Hybrid ( earlier post ) driven by hypermiler Wayne Gerdes and his colleague Chris Bernius set a new Guinness World Record for the lowest fuel consumption in a hybrid gasoline vehicle while driving through all 48 adjoining US states. Gerdes and Bernius successfully piloted a factory-standard 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid sedan through a 7,899 mile (12,712 km) route across America and achieved an average fuel consumption of 64.55 mpg US (3.64

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2014 Kia Soul Revealed At NY Auto Show, Live Photos

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It might not look too different from the old model, but the car you're looking at here is the new 2014 Kia Soul. The Sould might have dropped a few MPG in Kia and Hyundai's gas mileage fiasco but there was little wrong with the way it looked, and the new car simply incorporates a few cues from last year's Kia Track'ster concept.

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Kia introduces 2018 Niro PHEV crossover to US at Los Angeles Show

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Kia introduced the 2018 Niro Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) ( earlier post ) to the US market at the Los Angeles Auto Show. While the Niro PHEV boasts an MPGe rating of 105, its EPA-estimated MPG ratings of 48 mpg city, 44 mpg highway and 46 mpg/combined are similar to those of Niro hybrid.

Toyota Prius AWD-e earns 50 mpg with all-weather treads

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If you want one of the highest-mileage non-plug-in vehicles on the market—like the Toyota Prius, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Niro, or Honda Insight, there’s been one quite significant deal-breaker for many Snow Belt families: All-wheel drive simply isn’t a possibility.

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2012 Kia Rio Hatch: Five Doors, 40 MPG Starting At $14,350

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But unlike many other automakers, Kia has lowered the price of its five-door hatchback by over $1,400, bringing five door, eco-minded motoring to the U.S. Kia’s popular Rio has had ground-up redesign for the 2012 model year. market for just $14,350. Under the hood, a new 1.6 liter direct-injection gasoline engine equipped with stop/start

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2012 Kia Rio Brings Start-Stop, 40 MPG: NY Auto Show

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Kia has redesigned its popular Rio small car for 2012, offering buyers more space, more power and up to 40 mpg fuel economy on the highway. The new 2012 Kia Rio will be the The vehicle made its U.S. debut this past week at the 2011 New York Auto Show and is set to go on sale this fall in both sedan and five-door hatchback bodystyles.

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Kia introduces more fuel-efficient Gen 3 2019 Forte; first “Smart Stream” powertrain

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At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the third-generation 2019 Forte compact sedan. The new powerplant can be paired with either a six-speed manual or Kia’s all-new Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). The engine and in-house-built IVT are the first of a new line of efficient “Smart Stream” powertrains that will make their way into the Kia lineup in the future.

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Hyundai and Kia settling litigation over fuel economy reductions; valued at up to $395M

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Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America have entered into settlement agreements with current and former owners and lessees of vehicles affected by the Hyundai/Kia November 2012 lowering of fuel economy ratings. The reductions in fuel economy affected approximately 27% of Hyundai 2011-13 model year vehicles, reducing their combined city/highway fuel economy by 1-2 mpg; the adjustment affected approximately 300,000 2011-13 model year Kia vehicles.

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More details on the coming new Kia Optima hybrid and plug-in hybrid

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Kia Motors has provided a few more details on the new hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains planned for the all-new Optima, as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to broaden its global range of low-emission vehicles. A new addition to the Kia model line-up, the Optima Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) will be Kia’s first plug-in hybrid for global markets when it goes on sale in the second half of 2016, offering increased battery capacity and pure electric range.

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Kia updates Optima hybrid for MY2013; more power, better fuel efficiency

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Kia Motors America (KMA) has introduced the updated 2013 Optima Hybrid, featuring a more performance-driven and fuel-efficient powertrain as well as more cargo space and premium features. Kia first introduced the hybrid in 2011. The base model achieves an EPA estimated 36 mpg US city, 40 mpg highway and 38 mpg combined (6.5, l/100 km, respectively), making the Optima Hybrid more efficient than the MY2012 hybrid (EPA estimated 34/39/36 mpg US city/highway/comb).

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Kia introducing bi-fuel gasoline-LPG Picanto in Europe

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Responding to growing customer demand in Europe for small cars with low running costs and low emissions, Kia is introducing a bi-fuel gasoline-LPG model to its Picanto small car range. mpg US ) and CO 2 emissions of 100 g/km; automatic stop-start (ISG) equipped models will achieve 5.6 l/100 km (42 mpg US ) and 97 g/km. The Kia Picanto achieved a 4-Star safety rating in EuroNCAP crash tests. Picanto Click to enlarge.

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Four new engines for next generation Kia Picanto

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The new Kia Picanto. liters per 100 km (40-56 mpg US). liters per 100 km (42-57 mpg US). Click to enlarge.

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Hyundai & Kia to pay record $100M penalty for GHG conformity violations & lose $200M+ in emission credits

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Hyundai and Kia will pay a combined $100-million civil penalty, the largest in Clean Air Act history, to resolve violations concerning the testing and certification of vehicles sold in the US (“Conformity Violations”) and will spend approximately $50 million on measures to prevent any future violations. Hyundai and Kia will also forfeit 4.75 Kia will pay a $43.2-million civil penalty and forgo the use of approximately 2.05

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Kia introduces 2017 Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle, Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-in Hybrid at Chicago

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Kia unveiled three major hybrid offerings at the Chicago Auto Show: the 2017 Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle; the new Optima Hybrid; and the new Optima Plug-in Hybrid. Niro is targeting a combined fuel efficiency rating of 50 mpg (4.7

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2012 Kia Optima Hybrid Touts Its World Record Gas Mileage (Video)

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What do you do if you want to promote your latest high-MPG offering to consumers? Or, if you're Kia, you send two professional drivers on an 8,000-mile, 48-state journey around the U.S. mpg, which sets a You could report the model's official EPA figures, if you think they look good enough. and report their spectacular gas mileage. The number?

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Kia Launches 2011 Optima with Hybrid Option

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Kia Motors America (KMA) has launched the all-new 2011 Optima midsize sedan, first seen during the 2010 New York International Auto Show. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder posts 24/35 mpg (city/highway) when mated to the manual transmission and 24/34 mpg when coupled with the automatic transmission, while the 2.0-liter turbo GDI offers 22/34 mpg, only available with the automatic transmission.

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2011 Kia Optima Hybrid On Economy Drive, 69 MPG So Far.

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We've learned to take official EPA gas-mileage ratings with a pinch of salt in the past. They're useful for comparing model to model, but not always representative of the figures real people out in the real world will achieve. That's not to say that the EPA's fuel efficiency numbers can't be beaten, however. Australian couple the Taylors have

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Kia unveils Optima Hybrid sedan at LA Auto Show

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Kia Optima Hybrid. Kia Motors Corporation premiered the hybrid version of its new Optima sedan ( earlier post ) at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Created primarily with the US market in mind, the Kia-developed powertrain delivers an estimated combined cycle fuel economy is 38 mpg US (6.2 mpg, highway 40.0 mpg improvement compared with a regular Optima. Click to enlarge.

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New 2012 Kia Rio and Soul feature 1.6L GDI engines; stop-start on the Rio

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Kia Motors America (KMA) staged the premieres of the all-new 2012 Rio sub-compact sedan and the upgraded 2012 Kia Soul at the New York International Auto Show. The 2012 Rio features all-new ISG (stop-start) technology and fuel economy of up to 40 mpg US highway. The gasoline direct injection engine delivers 138 hp (103 kW) while maintaining a fuel economy rating of 30/40 mpg (city/highway). Rio also offers ISG technology, new to the Kia line-up.

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Arrives This Fall, Rated At 47 MPG

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The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, a mid-size sedan that competes with hybrid models of the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, and Toyota Camry, will go on sale in October, its maker said today. 47 mpg combined With a more powerful electric motor than its competitors, the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid matches the best EPA fuel efficiency ratings in

40-MPG 2012 Kia Rio Sedan To Start At $14,150

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If we asked you to name a car that featured class-leading horsepower with 40-mpg highway fuel economy, the detail-obsessed among you would quickly say the 2012 Hyundai Accent or the 2012 Kia Rio. If we took that one step further and asked you to name a car that costs less than $15,500, gets 40 mpg highway and comes with a segment first Idle Stop

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Hyundai-Kia Developed Its First CVT for the LPI Hybrids

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Hyundai-Kia developed the CVT applied in the Elantra and Forte LPI Hybrids. Hyundai-Kia developed its first, independent Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for application in the Hyundai Elantra LPI Hybrid ( earlier post ) and the Kia Forte LPI Hybrid ( earlier post ). L/100km or 42 mpg US); gasoline-equivalent fuel economy is 22.7 L/100km, 53 mpg US). —Soo-Jin Hong of Hyundai-Kia’s Research and Development Planning Team.

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EPA annual trends report finds new vehicle fuel economy at record 24.1 mpg; new powertrain technologies rapidly gaining share

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mpg (9.76 mpg increase over the previous year and an increase of nearly 5 mpg since 2004. Since 1975, half of car production has consistently been within several mpg of each other. mpg, which is 0.5 mpg higher than MY 2012. mpg (0.6 mpg (8.3

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Gas-tax hike, Kia Sorento Diesel, Bolt EV after a year, 37-mpg F-150, electric cars in CA: Today's Car News

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Today, we've got an interesting mix of stories, from a debate over how many electric cars California needs to the source of funds for an engine promised to deliver 37 mpg in a full-size Ford F-150 pickup. Also, your Tesla primer (it's not what you may think) and the Chevy Bolt EV after a year. All this and more on Green Car Reports. California. Today in Car News

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Kia Motors Introduces its Version of LPI Hybrid

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Kia Motors unveiled its first commercialized hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), the Forte Liquid Petroleum Injection (LPI) Hybrid in Seoul, Korea. L/100km or 42 mpg US); gasoline-equivalent fuel economy is 22.2 L/100km, 51 mpg US) and CO 2 emissions of 99 g/km. Earlier post.). The Forte LPI Hybrid. Click to enlarge.

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Hyundai/Kia to correct overstated fuel economy claims of MY 2012 and 2013 models as result of EPA investigation

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Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America will reduce their fuel economy (mpg) ratings for a number of 2011-13 model year models in showrooms after EPA testing found discrepancies between agency results and data submitted by the company. With the changes, the 2012 Hyundai/Kia fleet fuel economy level is reduced by an average of 3%—from 27 to 26 mpg US. The Sonata Hybrid will see a reduction of 1 mpg. Hyundai - Kia MY 2013 Fuel Economy Label Changes.

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Kia Motors introduces Eco Dynamics Brand and LPI Hybrid for Korean market

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Kia Motors has introduced its new environmental brand “Eco Dynamics” and an LPI Hybrid based on its Korean market Forte saloon. Kia has already showcased the c’eed ISG model year in Europe. L/100km or 40 mpg US) with a CVT transmission. mpg US).

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Kia Motors Unveils Ray Plug-in Hybrid Concept at Chicago Auto Show

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The Kia Ray plug-in hybrid. Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the Ray Plug-in Hybrid concept compact sedan during a press conference at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show. As a plug-in hybrid, Ray is designed to reach driving distances of more than 50 miles using its electric motor on a single charge, and has a projected fuel economy rating of more than 202 mpg, and offers a total range of 746 miles. based Kia Design Center America (KDCA) to be revealed in the last year.

Kia Rio Ecodynamics: Forbidden Fruit At 2011 Frankfurt Show

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While the European market gets to play with dozens of high MPG turbodiesels, we're often told to make do with small capacity gasoline engines that don't come close to matching diesel, even if they're getting better these days. For fans of ultra-economical vehicles living in the United States, life just isn't fair sometimes.

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Small, High MPG, Hybrids, Plug-in Cars All Gain Sales In 2012

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According to Automotive News (subscription required), the demand for small, high gas mileage cars has meant that sales of compact cars -- like the Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio and Chevrolet Sonic -- has grown 80 percent over the past year With continued uncertainty about gas prices, more Americans than ever are buying smaller, more efficient cars.

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2013 Ford Hybrids' Gas Mileage Generates First Lawsuit

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It isn't just Hyundai and Kia in deep water over misleading MPG claims--now Ford is the subject of a lawsuit over the MPG of its hybrid models. The federal lawsuit concerns the fuel economy of its most recent hybrid models, the C-Max Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid. Filed on December 7, the lawsuit says Ford's marketing campaign highlighting the

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Is Honda Accord Hybrid Gone? Yes, For A Year--But It'll Be Back

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The Honda Accord Hybrid has the highest fuel-economy rating of any mid-size hybrid sedan: 47 mpg combined. That's better than any other competitor now on sale, including hybrid models of the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, and Toyota Camry. But the hybrid Accord has quietly vanished from the carmaker's 2016 lineup. DON'T MISS: Honda

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Hyundai Will Settle Overstated Gas Mileage Lawsuits

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Last November, Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia found themselves in hot, and rather deep water. An EPA investigation found each manufacturer had overstated its gas mileage window stickers on 13 models--some by as much as 6 mpg. Hyundai has now agreed to settle lawsuits that followed the revelations, reports Automotive News. Each manufacturer

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2012 SUV Market Update

Hybrid SUV Blog

If fuel economy is at the top of your list in determining which sport utility to buy, here are the top five most fuel efficient SUVs according to 2012 Ford Escape hybrid – 32 mpg combined. 2012 Lexus RX hybrid – 30 mpg combined. 2012 Kia Sportage — $18,500.

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