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Best Car Stories of 2013 – Chicago Tribune

In our semi-weekly feature Car Stories, owners weighed in on how driving a fuel-efficient car affected their lifestyle. Here’s the Top 10.

The 2009 Toyota Prius Touring might be a little sloppy in Minnesota winters, but the mpg, cabin space and infotainment make it a keeper.
Dec. 30, 2013, 1:30 p.m.
By Robert Duffer, Chicago Tribune

From hybrids to plug-ins to traditional cars, we asked for your insights on how your fuel-conscious car choice has affected your driving life. Drowning out the distortion of the promotional machine, drivers responded with real-world stories of the latest cars.

10. Minnesota winters lower the mpg in this2009 Toyota Prius Touring, but R.H. is in it for the long haul.

9. An early adopter of electric vehicles, Robert Dew bought into a new lifestyle and a new group of mates with the 2013 Tesla Model S.

8. Thomas Wagner plans to log 20,000 miles annually between commuting and traveling on his 2013 Ford C-Max Energi.

7. Chevy’s extended range electric vehicle can handle all electric mode or all gas mode over significant amounts of time, according to2012 Chevy Volt owner John Smyth.

6. Staying connected in the 2013 Ford Focus Electric provides Patrick Janisch creature comforts like being able to program his electric vehicle to heat the interior before he leaves for work.



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