August 7, 2002 |
Question: My husband and I bought a 2002 Toyota Prius hybrid in April. We thought it would be perfect for our lifestyle--great for driving short distances and terrific fuel efficiency. Unfortunately, the car, which is propelled by a combination of gasoline and electric power, kept losing its charge. Twice my handicapped, 76-year-old husband was almost stuck in garages because the Prius wouldn't start.
February 4, 1999 |
A Cyclopsian video screen, mounted dead center in the dashboard, welcomed us to Prius. "On-board Nintendo," breathed Mrs. Dean, knowing nothing about this algae-green sedan that met her at LAX. "Donkey Kong in the Kingdom of Prius?" Not quite. Prius, as may be remembered by graduates of arcane academies, is Latin for "to go before."
February 9, 2010 |
Reacting to Toyota Motor Corp.'s decision to recall 2010 Prius and Lexus hybrids, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday advised owners of the affected vehicles to contact a dealer immediately if they noticed a change in the performance of their brakes. "Loss of braking is most likely to occur when traveling over an uneven road surface, pothole or bump," the agency said in a statement. "If this occurs, the agency advises owners to continue to firmly press on the brake to stop the vehicle.
June 10, 2012 |
Once a rarity in the showroom, fuel-sipping hybrids are becoming an increasingly common option at dealerships. Need a big luxury sedan with all the bells and whistles that still gets 29 miles to the gallon in everyday driving? Check out the Buick LaCrosse with the eAssist mileage boosting system. How about a station wagon you can pack with children and groceries and still get 42 mpg? The Prius v fits the bill. Looking for something with high style? Wait for the upcoming edition of the Ford Fusion hybrid that's expected to hit 47 mpg. All these new hybrids are a welcome option for consumers who face high gas prices.
November 15, 2012 |
As Ford took aim at the Toyota Prius, a brand now synonymous with green motoring, it needed a car that looked the part. So rather than convert an existing model, it imported a dowdy hatchback from Europe - tall greenhouse, short hood - and dropped in a hybrid power plant, resulting in the 2013 C-Max. Thankfully, it doesn't drive the way it looks. Pushed from a dead stop, the five-door Ford eagerly chirps its tires as it launches on a zero-to-60-mph run of just 8.2 seconds, according to Motor Trend.
October 28, 2009 |
Asian automakers once again dominate the upper ranks of Consumer Reports' annual vehicle-reliability survey, although Ford Motor Co. is making strides in improving the dependability of its cars and light trucks. Ford's sustained production of vehicles that are as dependable as -- or better than -- some of the industry's best models dispels the notion that only Japanese manufacturers make reliable cars, the consumer magazine reported Tuesday. The four-cylinder Ford Fusion and its cousin, the Mercury Milan, ranked higher in predicted reliability than any family sedan in the CR survey save the Toyota Prius.
March 27, 2009 |
A calculator can be the plaything of the damned. Allow me to demonstrate. Of the 12 million barrels of oil we import daily, the 6 million barrels we get from OPEC members are the most geopolitically dubious. That oil from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is refined into about 83 million gallons, or roughly one-fifth of our daily gas consumption of 390 million gallons, according to the Energy Information Administration.
October 5, 2012 |
This post has been updated from its original version. A new paragraph, marked by an asterisk, has been added. Walking the dog the other morning, I heard an odd whistle and hum behind me; it was one of my neighbors returning home (I happened to be standing in front of his driveway at the time), driving his new Nissan Leaf electric car. "How do you like your Leaf?" I asked, while dragging the pooch out of his path. "Man, I absolutely love it. I haven't been to a gas station in, like, two months.
November 13, 2013 |
One of the reasons why electric cars are poor sellers is because consumers have little understanding of the financial incentives and other benefits available to owners of the vehicles. That's the finding of two Indiana University researchers who surveyed more than 2,000 drivers in 21 of the nation's largest cities. They discovered that 95% of respondents didn't know about state and local subsidies, rebates and other incentives. For example, only 2 out of 758 survey respondents living in areas where subsidies for home charging equipment are offered were aware of their availability, the researchers said.