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Author Archives: Larry E. Hall

This Olympia, Wash.-based freelance journalist and is founder of Northwest Auto News Service. Larry has written about cars and the automotive industry for more than 20 years, with a focus on alternative fuels and vehicles. His articles have been published by MSNBC.com and MSN Autos as their alternative-fuels correspondent and in numerous newspapers, trade journals, and business publications.

2014 Luxury Hybrid Buying Guide

Luxury automakers are turning to hybrid powertrains to meet stricter government standards on fuel economy and exhaust emissions. It’s no easy task. Their well-heeled clientele demand responsive performance and refined interiors loaded with conveniences. The frequent result is a high-end ...

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2014 Hybrid SUV Buying Guide

Once dominated by small cars, the hybrid category has expanded to include sport utility vehicles. It started with the Ford Escape Hybrid in 2004 and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid in 2005. Their numbers – today there are only seven — ...

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2014 Hybrid Car Buying Guide

Americans are buying more hybrid cars than ever, nearly a half-million in 2013. That’s 3.2 percent of the U.S. passenger-car and light-truck market. The numbers will grow as showrooms fill with a wider range of gas-electric choices. Driving the expansion ...

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2014 Electric Vehicle and Plug-in Hybrid Buying Guide

The 2014 Electric Vehicle and Plug-in Hybrid Buying Guide from CarPreview.com is your handbook to the small but expanding class of plug-in vehicles. This class consists of electric vehicles (EVs) and Plug-in Hybrids. EVs use no gas at all and ...

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The Best Hybrid Vehicles of 2014

In December 1999, the two-seat Honda Insight became the first production gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle available in the U.S., beating Toyota’s Prius by seven months. It was an inauspicious beginning. Critics quickly labeled all hybrids small, impractical, and suited mostly for ...

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It’s a Lame Buck, But At 50 mpg City/Highway Combined, This Icon Still Deserves To Top Your Hybrid Shopping List

What changes will make it different? Introduction of a fancy Persona Series Special Edition helps send this generation of the world’s best-selling hybrid out on a luxury note. An all-new design will launch for model-year 2016, billed as a leap ...

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Can Good Gas Mileage, Fine Handling, And Affordable Prices Outweigh the Connectivity And Packaging Compromises?

What changes will make it different? Very few. With their next full redesign due for model-year 2016, these subcompact sedans and hatchbacks are held to minor trim revisions. Should I wait for the 2016 model? If you’re intrigued by an ...

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