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Trying to figure the true cost of owning a Nissan Leaf with its all-electric drivetrain can be somewhat of a “math challenge.” Edmunds ties to break it down.

First you’ll look at the 2011 Nissan Leaf’s $32,780 MRSP. Then you’ll consider the impact of the $7,000 federal subsidy, which brings the cost down to $25,280. And then there’s the $2,200 cost of installing a home charging dock. Continue reading 32,780-7,000+2,200+kw-mpg=Leaf

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Ford Before the Fusion

We focus on new cars here at MotorMouths. But that doesn’t mean that we aren’t interested in good backstories. Thus, in the first of an irregularly occurring recurring feature, guest author Zack Korte recounts Ford’s early alphabet days.

On October 1, 1908, the first Ford Model T rolled out of the factory on Piquette Avenue in Detroit. Many people wonder why Henry Ford started his nomenclature with the letter “T.” Short answer: He didn’t. Continue reading Ford Before the Fusion

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Hyundai Sonata: First Reviews

Early reviews of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata broke embargo this week. The early word? Pretty darn great. The new Sonata’s average score from critics jumped an amazing eight points as compared to the outgoing models. While the ’09 and ’10 models averaged a 79 and 80, respectively, and earned modest praise for their value, Hyundai’s newest edition is averaging an 87, and is being described as a new class leader Continue reading Hyundai Sonata: First Reviews

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Mercedes SLS: Doors of Perception

A lot of ink is being spilled over the Mercedes AMG SLS‘s unique doors. Arthur St. Antoine of Motor Trend falls decidedly into the pro-“gullwing” camp.

The new SLS is a seemingly over-engineered, ultra-fast, thoroughly refined coupe — with the can’t-top-this glam of those swing-up doors.

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Lexus LFA Might Be a Bargain

Reviews for Lexus’ new supercar are trickling in, and the early verdict is mixed. Car and Driver’s Mark Gillies claims the LFA can be considered a bargain, despite its $350k-plus pricetag:

Although the car is extravagantly expensive, Lexus says it will lose money on every one. We believe it.

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A Porsche for Car of the Year?

The finalists for the 2010 North American Car and Truck of the Year Award are out and we couldn’t help doing a little prognostication as to who might follow the 2009’s winner, the Hyundai Genesis (above).

By Motormouths scores alone the Porsche Panamera should be a lock for the Car award with a 90 scoreĀ  (followed by the Continue reading A Porsche for Car of the Year?

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Will Carroll Shelby Choose a Prius?

Autoblog reports that a diverse panel ranging from gearheads like Carroll Shelby and Jay Leno to greenheads such as Jean-Michel Cousteau will chose the 2010 Green Car of the Year.

If we were to predict a winner based on Motormouths scores we’d pick the redesigned Toyota Prius which is averaging an impressive 87. Other nominees include Continue reading Will Carroll Shelby Choose a Prius?

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