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Do plug-in hybrids require special home wiring?

Charging a plug-in hybrid is a little more complex than plugging in your cell phone at the end of a long day. But do you really need to change your home's wiring to charge a plug-in hybrid?

Can I own a plug-in hybrid if I live in an apartment?

Living in an apartment can be a significant roadblock to owning a plug-in hybrid because most manufacturers recommend you don't use extension cords. So what's an apartment dweller to do?

Can I own a plug-in hybrid if my home is old?

Homeowners like to upgrade their older homes with eco-friendly materials and energy-saving appliances. But what if the eco-upgrade is a plug-in hybrid car? Can an old house handle the charging process?

Can I use solar power to recharge a plug-in hybrid?

Solar cells can be used to provide electrical power for just about anything under the sun. But does that include plug-in hybrid vehicles?

How do plug-in hybrids' mileage compare to other cars?

While hybrids have come to establish themselves in the auto market, there's an even newer and more high-tech form of green car on the horizon: The plug-in hybrid. But how does plug-in hybrid gas mileage compare to that of other cars?

5 Reasons to Buy a Crossover Vehicle

The term "crossover" came into the lexicon less than a decade ago, when car buyers didn't really know what they were -- but they bought them anyway. Here are a few reasons you might want to buy one.

5 Surprising Benefits of Cruising in a Crossover

There's nothing wrong with minivans; however, if you don't want to put up with all the baggage that comes with driving a minivan, a crossover is a good way to get the practicality you need and the style you want.

Where did the idea for crossover vehicles come from?

In the mid-1990s the term "crossover vehicle" hadn't been invented yet, but the car-based utility vehicle had. Buyers wanted off-road ruggedness, but didn't necessarily want to sacrifice the comfort of a passenger car.

What was the first crossover vehicle?

It may seem as if crossover vehicles have just recently burst onto the scene; however, the first crossover vehicle in the United States was here in the mid-1990s.

Have automakers tried crossover vehicles in the past?

While crossovers have become sales leaders fairly recently, the vehicles themselves aren't an entirely novel idea. Actually, several early two-wheel and four-wheel-drive wagons and SUVs fit into that category.

5 Vehicles That Were Crossover Before There Were Crossovers

Crossovers aren't as uniquely modern as the auto companies would like us to believe. In fact, they're just an example of how trends in the car world tend to come and go -- and come back again.

5 Exciting Crossover Vehicle Concepts

Take a look at some of the newest crossover concepts that have gone beyond the drawing board and into the spotlight on the auto show circuit. Will we ever see production versions?

5 All-wheel-drive Crossover Vehicles

Crossovers have become a vast mix of functionality, style, power and comfort. But crossovers that offer all-wheel-drive capabilities provide even more options to drivers.

Who coined the term 'crossover vehicle?'

The evolution of the basic idea of a crossover vehicle follows relatively clear path. And it's along that path where the term crossover sees its first use in print. Do you know who said it first?

10 Most Sought-after Classic Muscle Cars

The sleek lines, powerful engines and machine strength of muscle cars have attracted us since the late 1960s, when performance and design filtered down into the realm of the attainable. So what are the most wanted classic muscle cars today?

What's the difference between a crossover and an SUV?

SUVs, like the trucks they're derived from, are not particularly designed for comfort. Over time, they've been perceived by some as simply too big and cumbersome. Is a crossover somehow different?

What are the benefits of crossover vehicle design?

By using a car-based platform, crossovers avoid most of the shortcomings associated with SUVs. In fact, there are a number of benefits to crossover vehicle design. What makes shoppers willing to make the tradeoff?

5 Crossover Vehicles with the Best Fuel Economy

With the popularity of true SUVs on the decline and the price of gasoline continuing to rise, crossover vehicles have become a logical bridge between off-road trucks and fuel-efficient cars.

Why are crossovers good for retirees?

Crossover vehicles are becoming increasingly popular. But can a crossover make driving easier for retirees while avoiding the stigma of driving an "old-lady car?"

How much does it cost to lease a Lamborghini?

Developed in response to customer request, Lamborghini has partnered with a company that specializes in leasing exclusive, luxury and exotic cars. So how much does it cost to live the dream?

How the Porsche 917 Works

Even today, the Porsche 917 ranks among the most powerful racecars ever to compete. It also makes a pretty good case for itself to be the greatest racecar of all time; however, success was not immediate.

How the Veritas RS III Hybrid Will Work

Vermot AG, a German auto manufacturer, resurrected the Veritas nameplate when it introduced the Veritas RS III Roadster in 2008. And now Vermot is building the fastest plug-in hybrid on the planet.

What is an art deco car?

Take a look back to an extravagant and optimistic time when outrageous cars ruled the world. A time when automobiles weren't just about simple transportation -- they were about bold statements and high style.

How the KTM X-Bow Works

Sport bike manufacturer KTM is well known for its racing bikes. But now, the Austrian company has produced its first car: the KTM X-Bow. Is this street-legal go-kart worthy of its nearly six-figure price tag?

How Prop-driven Cars Work

In many ways, a propeller-driven car is much simpler than our modern autos, but its drivetrain has potential for peril. Spinning propeller blades present a considerable hazard to the driver and pedestrians.

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