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Very impressed with the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan. The 9-speed transmission helped return 32 mpg highway, in mostly Rocky Mountain miles.
Moving from the city to the suburbs resulted in losing a bet dating to my college days. Not for swapping town for country, so to speak, but for something far more offensive to the know-it-all collegian: buying a minivan.
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Between VW, Audi and Porsche, there are a handful of PHEVs. VW's CEO plans for 30 in the next decade as a way to offset the diesel scandal and actually do something real about emissions.
German automaker Volkswagen plans to ramp up its offerings of electric vehicles as it fights to bounce back from a scandal over diesel cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests.
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3 wheels, 2 seats, 84 mpg, $6,800. Sounds compelling but on the highway it's gonna sound really really loud.
The Elio three-wheeler is getting a taste of the hype elicited by the Tesla Model 3.
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The new Sonata hybrid gets an mpg boost but still trails other hybrid sedans where it matters most.
Hybrids are like the salad section on today's paleo-heavy, crossover-rich menu: You probably should, but there so many more appetizing selections.
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In the first 24 hours of sales, the affordable Tesla Model 3 racked up 115,000 orders.
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Can the new Toyota Prius Prime PHEV do what its predecessor couldn't and top the Volt? 22 mile range doesn't go as far as Prius name. 
NEW YORK - Toyota pulled the wraps off the Prius Prime, a new plug-in hybrid car, along with an updated version of its popular Highlander mid-size SUV, the new Toyota 86 sports car to replace the Scion FR-S , and an updated 50th anniversary Corolla at the New York International Auto Show today.
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If you've been considering an electric car or plug-in hybrid, there's never been a better deal than on the newly used car market.
There is one place where sales of plug-in vehicles are heating up: on the newly used car market.
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Can't wait for the Model 3 and need an affordable Tesla now? The reintroduced Model S 60 starts at $66,000, making it the cheapest new Tesla on the market. http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/ct-tesla-cheaper-model-s60-20160609-story.html
An affordable Tesla will be available before 2018, as long as $66,000 is considered affordable.
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Toyota RAV4 hybrid gets 33 mpg comb., 7 mpg better than RAV4; only costs $2,100 more.
There are two trends that show no signs of slowing: Gas prices will continue to rise and Americans will continue to buy crossovers.
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Ford is a little late to the long-range plug-in vehicle party, but still ahead of the Asian and German makes. http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/fuelefficient/ct-ford-electric-vehicle-tesla-chevy-bolt-20160428-story.html
Ford plans to introduce a long-range electric vehicle to compete with battery-powered models coming from Tesla Motors and General Motors that would go 200 miles or more on a charge.
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Tesla Model 3 could be the most important vehicle launch in recent years and could pave the way for mass adoption of electric vehicles. 
The last time Tesla launched a new model, the Model X three-row SUV , customers waited over four years between making a deposit and getting the car.
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The second generation Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid improves on range, efficiency, tech and styling but it in now way can seat five people. 
You like trees. You like cars. With the Chevrolet Volt, those preferences don't have to be at odds.
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Robert Duffer is the Digital Auto Producer for the Chicago Tribune's Green Guide. He edits the Dads & Families section of The Good Men Project. A winner of the One Book, One Chicago fwriting contest, Robert Duffer’s (www.robertduffer.com) work has appeared in Chicago Tribune, MAKE Magazine, Chicago Reader, Curbside Splendor, Time Out Chicago, Monkeybicycle, Chicago Public Radio, Annalemma, New City, and other coffee-table favorites like Canadian Builders Quarterly. He teaches creative writing at Columbia College Chicago and lives in the suburbs with his wife, two kids, and their minivan.

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