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 |  May 24 2013, 1:09 PM

To Frugality and Beyond!


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Fuel economy is a major purchase consideration for new-vehicle shoppers; in fact it’s the No. 1 thing they look for in a car or truck. Consumers continue to demand ever greater mileage, and so does the federal government. Washington keeps turning up the wick on its Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations. In response to these stimuli automakers are working day and night to improve the efficiency of their products.

SEE ALSO: Used Car Reviews

Of course not everyone is in the market for a shiny new ride. Many people opt for a pre-owned vehicle instead. Used cars and trucks can be terrific values, especially when certification programs and extended warranties are factored in. If new-vehicle buyers want better fuel economy it’s a safe bet second-hand shoppers are salivating for it as well. Here’s a list of 10 economy-minded used vehicles that will maximize you MPG. To qualify the cars and trucks listed are at least one generation behind the latest model on the market.

 |  May 23 2013, 1:01 PM

Hybrid Domination


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Fuel efficiency is at the forefront of every new car-buyer’s mind. No one wants to spend $30,000 and find themselves throwing money away at the gas pump, so we’ve compiled a list of the cheapest vehicles that get 40 miles per gallon (combined) in order from most expensive to least expensive.

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 |  Apr 22 2013, 8:01 AM

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Coming off record sales last year in the U.S., the Prius family might not reach its 2013 target and the blame, says Toyota, lies squarely with dropping fuel prices

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 |  Mar 01 2013, 8:31 AM

The Toyota Prius family was the most popular new vehicle badge sold in California last year, accounting for 61,893 vehicles registered in the state. Continue Reading…

 |  Feb 17 2013, 11:32 AM

Toyota and Lexus hybrid models are gaining popularity in Europe, where diesel engines are typically more popular.

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 |  Dec 28 2012, 9:48 AM

New analysis from independent testing outfit Consumer Repots says that the Toyota Prius provides the most value in the North American auto industry. 

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 |  Dec 16 2012, 11:01 AM

The Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid combined for more sales in November than the Toyota Prius plug-in and Prius v models.

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 |  Nov 21 2012, 12:32 PM

The Toyota Prius’ safety is getting a bump in an unlikely way, as it has been reported by the National Insurance Crime Bureau that in a group of similarly aged vehicles, the Prius is unlikely to be stolen.

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 |  Nov 15 2012, 3:32 PM

The next generation of Toyota’s Prius is set to arrive in 2014 with some significant changes, which could include a four-wheel drive system, and a fuel mileage rating of 90 mpg. 

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 |  Nov 14 2012, 2:27 AM

Toyota will conduct two voluntary safety recalls on 2004-2009 Prius models, one to replace the steering intermediate extension shaft and another to replace the electric water pump for the hybrid system.

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 |  Nov 12 2012, 12:02 PM

Top 10 Cars of All Time


Cars have shaped the world we live in by giving mobility to the masses. Over the past century and beyond there have been plenty of revolutionary vehicles, not to mention quite a few clunkers.

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 |  Nov 08 2012, 6:45 PM

Toyota was proud to announce that it had reached global sales of 4.6-million hybrid vehicles, with 1.02-million hybrids sold this year alone up to October 31, 2012.

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 |  Nov 05 2012, 6:07 PM

Hurricane Sandy gave the Eastern portion of the United States a what for last week, not to mention the Caribbean and points far beyond. Amid all the destruction and misery the automotive industry was impacted in a number of ways. In particular, the safety of electric cars has been brought up.

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 |  Nov 05 2012, 8:11 AM

The Fisker Karma didn’t need any more bad press when several models caught fire after being submerged in water at a New Jersey port during Hurricane Sandy. But now it appears the luxury hybrid wasn’t alone in its combustion.

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 |  Oct 31 2012, 4:01 PM

Extensively previewed prior to their 2012 SEMA Show debut, the Toyota Celebrity Dream Build Challenge vehicles did not disappoint on the floor in Las Vegas.

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 |  Oct 20 2012, 2:57 PM

Back in August, Toyota revealed its Celebrity Dream Build Challenge with NASCAR drivers Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch, and NHRA racers Antron Brown and Alexis DeJoria building custom Toyota projects for the 2012 SEMA Show.

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 |  Oct 20 2012, 11:01 AM

If you live in California, this won’t come as a surprise to you at all. The Toyota Prius is the best-selling car in the state – sort of.

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 |  Oct 15 2012, 3:46 PM

Toyota has just announced pricing for the Prius, Prius v and Prius Plug-in, almost all of which are getting a slight price bump for 2013. 

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 |  Oct 09 2012, 8:31 AM

And Why They're Wrong


With an almost never ending list of myths and rumors, few vehicles are as misunderstood as the hybrid.

Almost every review or video posted on AutoGuide.com about a hybrid car has at least one reader comment about how the battery will deteriorate beyond repair, or that once you get a hybrid, you’re not a true driving enthusiast.

With so much misinformation about hybrid vehicles being spread around, we’ve decided to debunk six myths about gas-electric cars.

 |  Oct 06 2012, 11:01 AM

Optical camouflage technology isn’t new. Surfacing several years ago, its creators at Keio University in Japan are now working on an application that could make driving a whole lot safer.

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 |  Sep 12 2012, 8:31 AM

After six full months on the market, the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid has sold 6,061 units, outpacing the first six months of sales for the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf.

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 |  Sep 11 2012, 11:31 AM

Back in late August, Toyota announced its custom vehicle build-off featuring four of its drivers: Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Antron Brown, and Alexis Dejoria. Each driver has now selected their Toyota vehicle and the shop at which it’ll be built, and the customization has begun. 

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 |  Aug 17 2012, 2:45 PM

The Toyota Prius has just undergone the new EcoTest from Germany’s ADAC (equivalent of AAA but with more authority). The car is the first ever to score a perfect 5 out of 5 stars in the test, out of 56 vehicles that have been tested thus far. Continue Reading…

 |  Aug 08 2012, 5:32 PM

Google is adding the Lexus RX450h to its self-driving car lineup as it looks toward testing in different environments and terrains, pushing ahead with developing its technology.

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