Toyota: Power to the People

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Throughout this seemingly endless winter, people all over the country have been forced to endure subzero temperatures, intense storms, and unexpected power outages. Toyota has a new and different solution that could someday help homeowners who find themselves caught in the dark – cars that can provide power to the home in the event of an emergency. Already a leader in EVs with its hybrid Highlander, Camry, and Prius models, Toyota could be on the leading edge of a revolutionary idea for the auto industry.

The editors of Up To Speed think this is an inspired concept. Vehicles that can essentially convert into backup generators for the house could be extremely beneficial for car owners across the planet – especially those in regions of the world with particularly turbulent weather. What we want to know, though, is if this technology becomes standard in Toyota hybrids, will other manufacturers follow suit? Let us know what you think. Continue reading

Toyota: 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In to Start Under $30,000

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Toyota has made the Prius family even more accessible, with the 2014 Prius Plug-In priced at less than $30,000. The automaker reduced the MSRP without reducing any vehicle content. Plug-in models are still equipped with heated front seats and remote climate features, and they get an estimated 95 mpg in EV mode (50 mpg in Hybrid mode).

Up To Speed’s editors welcome Toyota’s drive to provide options for environmentally conscious drivers and their lifestyle needs. The first Prius revolutionized the industry, and Toyota continues to respond to the needs of customers and adjust models to satisfy them. There are now four different Prius versions available, each equipped to suit different lifestyles. By making the 2014 Prius Plug-In more affordable, Toyota looks to compare more favorably with competing EV models from Chevy, Nissan, and others. Continue reading

Honda: 2014 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe Offers Sleek Design and Outstanding Fuel Efficiency

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The Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe continues for 2014 as the only hybrid vehicle offered with a manual transmission. Compared to other hybrids on the market, this car has a much sportier look. The manual model is rated at a combined 34 mpg, while the automatic models are expected to get a combined 37 mpg.

While the mileage isn’t competitive with the Toyota Prius, Up To Speed editors don’t think Honda is trying to make the Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe a direct competitor to those hybrids. Rather, Honda has created a fun, unique, and sporty vehicle that can achieve great fuel mileage comparative to other sporty coupes on the market. Continue reading

Toyota Closing in on First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle is an industry leader in producing fuel-efficient vehicles around the world. So what’s next on the list?

A Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle is in the works to be launched in 2015 and released to the mass market during the 2020s. According to a press release from Toyota, the technology “is closing in on its goal of achieving a driving range and performance comparable to conventional petrol and diesel engines, but with no harmful tailpipe emissions.” Continue reading

Honda Re-Introduces Accord Hybrid to the Family

AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC. HONDA ACCORD HYBRIDThe all-new 2014 Accord Hybrid is rolling out of the factory in Marysville, Ohio, as the first hybrid produced at this location and only the second Honda hybrid to be produced on American soil.

At an EPA-rated 50 mpg average in city driving, the Accord Hybrid is the new top dog in terms of fuel mileage among 4-door sedans. For consumers seeking a spacious mid-size sedan with a classy exterior demeanor and premium fuel efficiency, the new Accord Hybrid is an excellent choice. It joins the 4-cylinder Accord Sedan, rated at 36 mpg highway, and the Accord Plug-in Hybrid, rated at 115 MPGe when in electric-only mode. Continue reading Names Its Top 5 Most Affordable Green Cars screenshotsThe desire of many consumers to drive electric and hybrid vehicles to save money and help the environment has driven manufacturers to produce more fuel-efficient vehicles. The staff at understands the ever-changing topography of the automotive industry, including the recent changes in industry standards for fuel economy, and has compiled a list of the Top Five Most Affordable Green Cars.

CARMEL, Ind. (PR Web) – With automakers being held to higher standards with regards to fuel economy in their vehicles, car prices have gone up as manufacturers have invested more in research and new technology to meet these standards. The editors at know that fuel efficiency is more important than ever to consumers, and that finding a budget-friendly, gas-sipping vehicle isn’t always easy. The group developed a list of the Top Five Most Affordable Green cars Continue reading