Best Hybrids for the Money 2014

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Gas prices remain historically high and volatile, and one of the most successful ways automakers and American motorists have adapted is by embracing hybrid technology. Though a few full-size hybrid trucks from GM have been discontinued, 2014 sees as many models as ever. No matter why you may want a hybrid, you might want to know how well it meets its mission.

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To determine if a hybrid's added expense is worth the cash, we devised an efficiency-cost rating. It's simply the EPA's combined mpg rating divided by the base price (meaning MSRP plus destination charge). We then multiply that result by 1,000. This formula can be applied to any type of vehicle, hybrid or not. A high mpg rating and low price provide a high efficiency-cost rating. A higher score is the better score.

We don't account for equipment levels, quality judgments, cost of ownership or any variances from EPA mileage estimates. The goal here is to pay the least for the most mileage, barring all other considerations.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | April 14, 2014 | Comments (10)

2013 Acura ILX Hybrid Cars.com Review

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If the mark of a good hybrid is how unlike a hybrid it drives, the 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid isn't working hard to differentiate itself. Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder says a mushy brake pedal, lagging acceleration from its continuously variable automatic transmission and sometimes droning engine noise are constant reminders of the performance-for-efficiency compromise. Still, the hybrid's relative novelty in the compact-luxury class could bring niche success. Read Wiesenfelder's review below.

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How Do the Acura ILX's and Honda Civic's Interiors Compare?

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Which Small Luxury Hybrid Isn't a Plug-In?

"Which compact hybrid is upscale and not a plug-in?" 

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Which 2013 Car Is Similar to My 1991 Acura Integra?

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2014 Acura ILX: What's Changed

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  • Most significant changes: More standard features 
  • Price change: $1,000 increase
  • On sale: Tuesday 
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? The 2014 gets more features for a minimal price increase.

Acura launched its new entry-level sedan in 2013, but it hasn't exactly been lighting the sales charts on fire. For 2014, the base ILX gets more standard features, "providing more content and value for the luxury brand's gateway sedan," the automaker said in a statement.

The compact sedan gets eight new standard features for an extra $1,000. Model-year 2014 base models start at $27,795, including an $895 destination fee; model-year 2013 models started at $26,795. New standards include 17-inch alloy wheels, new leather seating surfaces and leatherette door liners, an eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, a multiangle rearview camera, a new audio-system subwoofer and a noise cancellation system. These features were previously available as part of the Technology or Premium packages.

Model-year 2014 lineup pricing is below and includes destination; the compact sedan goes on sale Tuesday. Acura says information on the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid will be announced at a later date.

By Jennifer Geiger | May 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

Best Hybrids for the Money 2013

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Gas prices remain volatile, but even so, no one expects prices below $3 per gallon ever again, and many parts of the country consistently see prices near or above $4. As much as ever, shoppers need to know how effectively hybrids deliver efficiency for your dollar — if they do at all.

To determine if a hybrid's added expense is worth the cash, we devised an efficiency-cost rating to reflect efficiency bang for your overall buck.

It's simply the combined city/highway mpg divided by the base price (MSRP plus destination charge). We then multiply that number by 1,000. This formula can be applied to any type of vehicle, hybrid or not. A high mpg rating and low price provide a high efficiency-cost rating. A higher score is the better score.

We don't account for equipment levels, quality judgments, cost of ownership or any variances from EPA mileage estimates. The goal here is to pay the least for the most mileage, barring all other considerations.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | April 16, 2013 | Comments (21)

January's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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If Toyota's genie-granting Super Bowl XLVII ad got you thinking about the RAV4, you might have to wait for your local dealer to ramp up stock. The automaker's redesigned SUV was January's fastest-selling car, averaging just five days to move. It joins a number of 2013 redesigns: the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Land Rover Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Toyota Avalon, Toyota Avalon Hybrid and Nissan Pathfinder. All seven cars saw substantial January sales improvements — beyond the industry's 14.2% overall gain, in fact.

Winter months had all-wheel drive in high demand; twelve of January's 18 fastest sellers offered it. Even luxury SUVs like the Mercedes GL-Class and Land Rover Range Rover, whose prices extend into the six-figure range, took little time to sell. January marks the GL's fourth month as a mover, and if that's any indication, the Range Rover, which went on sale in December, will likely stick around for a few months.

On the flip side, the Acura ILX had its fourth month among the losers (in ILX or ILX Hybrid form). Sales for the Civic-based premium sedan outpaced Acura's other sedans last month, but the car sold slower than it took for the Superdome's lights come back on. Buick's competing Verano took 49 days to sell — 44 days less than the Acura. Unsurprisingly, the Verano outsold the ILX by more than a 2-to-1 ratio in January.

By Kelsey Mays | February 4, 2013 | Comments (3)

2013 Honda Accord, Acura RDX and ILX to Offer Apple's Siri

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Later this year, Honda will integrate the iPhone's Siri artificial assistant into the 2013 Accord, as well as the 2013 RDX and ILX from the automaker's Acura luxury division. If you have an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 running the latest operating system, Siri can read incoming text messages, respond to texts and emails, add calendar appointments, check the weather, give sports scores or stock quotes, find points of interest, announce turn-by-turn directions or make a phone call over the car's Bluetooth system — just by pressing the steering-wheel Bluetooth button for a few moments. It's all part of Apple's new Eyes Free mode, which works while your smartphone screen stays dark.

Pricing for the dealer-installed option is still pending, Honda spokeswoman Robyn Eagles said. The news follows a similar announcement from GM, with other automakers — Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Jaguar/Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota, according to Engadget — set to follow.

By Kelsey Mays | January 30, 2013 | Comments (3)

Honda's Ohio Plant to Build Accord Hybrid

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Call it a hybrid hat trick: Honda announced today that it will manufacture the 2014 Accord Hybrid at its auto plant in Marysville, Ohio, becoming the automaker's third hybrid model to be built in the U.S.

Honda stated in a news release that it will invest $23 million and hire about 50 new workers at the plant, which will undergo a 95,000-square-foot expansion to accommodate the hybrid-production processes. Like the 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid sedan, the new Accord Hybrid will use Honda's first two-motor hybrid system, which teams a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a 124-kilowatt electric motor.

With the news that Marysville will manufacture the Hybrid Accord, it becomes the first of its four Ohio plants — only the second in the U.S. — to manufacture a Honda hybrid. The automaker's Greensburg, Ind., facility, which makes both the Civic Hybrid and Acura ILX Hybrid models, was the first plant in North America to manufacture a Honda hybrid. In the past three years, Honda has announced more than $800 million in investments at its Ohio plants, which manufacture nearly 700,000 vehicles and more than a million engines and automatic transmissions a year, the automaker stated.

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