Fuel-efficient vehicle reviews

Fuel-efficient vehicle reviews

Reviews of cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers, from Tribune newspapers, Cars.com and other sources. Research more hybrid, E85 diesel and fuel-efficient vehicles in the Cars.com Green/Hybrid Buying Guide.

2016 Toyota Prius improves on style, handling and fuel economy

10:24 AM EST, January 15, 2016

2016 Toyota Prius improves on style, handling and fuel economy

The Toyota Prius is easy to mock. It's shaped like a clog, has an eye-crossing split window hatch, is as fun to drive as a hot dog cart and it is the vehicle of choice for Chicago cabbies, who are unequivocally the worst drivers on the road.

Lexus hybrid sedan fails to deliver on luxury promise

2:52 PM EST, December 28, 2015

Lexus hybrid sedan fails to deliver on luxury promise

Some words just sound right. To say "smile" turns up the corners of the lips into the very thing it defines; to say "love" is to open up, then embrace that which was once parted. The perfect word transcends the object it defines into something more.

2015 BMW i3 plug-in car is an odd duck

4:29 PM EDT, September 3, 2015

2015 BMW i3 plug-in car is an odd duck

Odd.

Tesla Model S P85D: The D is like nothing else on the road

11:55 AM EST, February 23, 2015

Tesla Model S P85D: The D is like nothing else on the road

Certain experiences promise a thrill: roller coasters, free fall, love. Add The D to the list.

2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid skimps on fuel but nothing else

2:00 PM EDT, April 10, 2015

2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid skimps on fuel but nothing else

The Toyota Highlander is not a minivan. It's used much the same way but lacks the convenience of sliding doors, easy ingress and egress, and easily accessible rear seats — all sacrificed for a self-conscious stigma. But the cost of cool is negligible and the marketplace has voted overwhelmingly in favor of SUVs over minivans.

2014 Ford C-Max Energi makes space among plug-in hybrid compacts

1:35 PM EDT, August 1, 2014

2014 Ford C-Max Energi makes space among plug-in hybrid compacts

Ford is walking the walk of fuel efficiency.

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage pushes fuel economy, value

9:10 AM EDT, July 25, 2014

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage pushes fuel economy, value

A lot has been said about the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, most of it bad. “If this car wasn’t disappointing, it wouldn’t be anything at all,” said the New York Times. Even Consumer Reports called it a “dreadful little hatchback.”

2014 Lexus RX 450h tops crossover fuel economy

11:58 AM EDT, July 14, 2014

2014 Lexus RX 450h tops crossover fuel economy

For 15 years, the Lexus RX crossover has been the prescription for upscale car shoppers who want more than a sedan and less than a full-size SUV. Refined yet modest, fully capable and fully comfortable, the best-selling midsize has dominated the class and won awards that range from best resale value (Kelley Blue Book) to top safety picks (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).

2014 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: High performance with a conscience

7:47 PM EDT, May 5, 2014

2014 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: High performance with a conscience

Attention, eco-chic speed freaks: Set aside your Teslas; you have a new toy to covet.

2015 Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid

3:14 PM EDT, May 12, 2014

2015 Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid

Same great hatchback flavor. Now with less fuel!

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