Mazda6 top pick by Popular Mechanics
Popular Mechanics magazine named the 2014 Mazda6 (shown) "Car of the Year." The award is based on affordability, utility, fuel efficiency, performance, innovation and design. "It won because Mazda engineers set out to make a truly great car and succeeded," says Popular Mechanics on its website.
— NWautos staff
Survey: Most don't know electrics' perks
One of the reasons why electric cars don't sell as well as they could is because consumers have little understanding of the financial incentives and other benefits available to owners of the vehicles. That's the finding of two Indiana University researchers who surveyed more than 2,000 drivers in 21 of the nation's largest cities. They discovered that 95 percent of respondents didn't know about state and local subsidies, rebates and other incentives. And 75 percent were uninformed about the savings in fuel and maintenance costs that all rechargeable cars, such as battery-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, offer over traditional gasoline vehicles. The survey questioned drivers about the two major types of electric vehicles: battery-electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf (shown), and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Volt and some models of the Toyota Prius. The study was published in Energy Policy, an academic journal.
— Los Angeles Times