Oct 28, 2011
Mary McRae

Green Car Driving Tips

Buying green is just the first step in reducing the environmental impacts of automobile use. Your choice of vehicle is most important, but how you drive and how well you maintain your car, van, or light truck will also make a difference.

Avoid “jack rabbit” starts and aggressive driving. Flooring the gas pedal not only wastes gas, it leads to drastically higher pollution rates. One second of high-powered driving can produce nearly the same volume of carbon monoxide emissions as a half hour of normal driving.

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Oct 28, 2011
Dave Walter

Review: 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

On the subject of hybrids you are thought to simply have two options: You can buy a Toyota Prius – a hard-core, 50-mpg hybrid with trendy styling and a utilitarian interior – otherwise you will pay more and get less-spectacular mileage in a more leisurely sedan, like a Ford Fusion or Toyota Camry hybrid. Hyundai joins the second group with the first hybrid, which is based on the Sonata sedan.

So what is it that will make the Sonata Hybrid stand out from the Camry and Fusion hybrids? It features a more advanced battery pack, better mileage on the highway, a traditional six-speed automatic transmission … and it looks cool, too! Overall, the strategy works well. It’s flashy enough to shout “hybrid,” additionally it provides a feeling of cool, not of smugness.

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