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Likes: Responsive handling 6-speed manual transmission enhances the driving experience Excellent fuel economy Stylish exterior design Dislikes: Lack of horsepower with no option to upgrade Weak set of tech features compared to competition Below average sound and navigation systems The CX-5 is the first...

Where the Rubber Hits Your MPG Whiz-bang car technology allows hybrids to get 50 mpg, and electric cars to earn the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon. But you don’t have to go high-tech to improve your fuel efficiency. Significant gains in mpg are available to anybody paying attention to their tires, no matter what...

When the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid goes on sale this fall, most American consumers are likely to ask, “What’s a C-Max?” That’s a fair question, considering that the model is new to the U.S. market—not only as a new nameplate, but as a different kind of vehicle altogether. One immediate distinction is that it’s Ford’s...

Crowning the king of fuel-efficient cars used to be so much easier. But these days, cars that run on less energy often run partly or completely on electricity — which makes MPG a tricky term. After all, a pack of fully charged batteries doesn’t use gallons. As a result, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created...

In a few weeks, we’ll come upon the four-year anniversary of when candidate Barack Obama proposed that America put 1 million plug-in electric vehicles on our roads by 2015. Even before the sale of the first Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf, most observers knew that hitting the seven-figure mark by 2015 was more aspirational...

We are into day 3 of our New Car Revolution Devolution Sale. Buy now and save big! This means you can get an amazing eBay deal on a new set of wheels! From June 28 – July 2, eBay Motors will be hosting the New Car Revolution Devolution Sale. Every day of the sale, literally TONS of new cars will be up for sale on the...

When hybrid cars first appeared on U.S. roads in late 1999, they were seen as a temporary experiment. It was, after all, the SUV era, so the funky teardrop design of the Honda Insight and awkward shape of the first-generation Prius received derision—if they were noticed at all. Twelve years and more than 2 million...

Despite what many think, the Toyota Prius isn’t the first or even most fuel-efficient hybrid to hit the American market. Those distinctions belong to the Honda Insight, which was released in December 1999, boasting a combined 53-mpg in fuel economy. Early-model Insights can be expected to get 49 mpg in the city...

This is one tough green car. Until 2010, it was used as a police detective car in Phoenix, Arizona. Complete with ramming bar and a “K9 Interceptor” badge, the seller says this full-size V8 full-frame rear-wheel-drive four-door sedan is built for “severe duty.” The seller promises that while cruising down the...

The 2012 Scion iQ is now the most fuel-efficient gas-powered car in America. The iQ knocks the Smart Fortwo of its perch as the high-mpg leader, a position that Smart has held since its introduction in 2008. The iQ gets 36 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway, according to the EPA—beating out the Smart by a...

Henrik Fisker is not so much an automotive designer, as an artist who uses sheet metal to sculpt beauty on wheels.  His best-known creations are the Aston Martin DB9, Aston Martin V8 Vantage and BMW Z8 Roadster. Fisker designed the exterior of the production BMW Z8 roadster featured in the James Bond film, “The World...

This beautiful barge of a wagon sports original “New Lime” paint and all-original interior, appearing exceptionally well preserved. The service records date all the way back to 1974, when it was acquired by its second owner—an airline pilot—who maintained it meticulously. It is now offered without reserve. The car...

The Toyota Prius is a flagship vehicle of the modern hybrid market and without a doubt, the best-selling hybrid vehicle produced.  This economical hybrid is the most widely distributed gas-electric in the world and is considered by many to be the dominant horse in the hybrid market due to its strong brand and fuel...