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Small Engines May Use More Fuel Than You Expect, In Europe Especially

Small Engines May Use More Fuel Than You Expect, In Europe Especially

Decreasing an engine's displacement is one of the most straightforward ways to increase fuel efficiency. Or is it? According to research firm Emissions Analytics, the high fuel-economy ratings of downsized engines may not always translate to the real world. MORE: Do Small Turbo Engines Really Give... read more

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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage ES  -  Driven, April 2014

Smaller, More Efficient Engines Work Harder; Noise Suppression More Important

For a long time in the U.S. car market, bigger was better. From engines to bodywork, size meant luxury and performance. But recently, manufacturers and customers alike have... read more April 24, 2014 by 


 
2014 Ford Escape SE

2014 Ford Escape: Great Small SUV, Not-So-Great Gas Mileage

The previous model of Ford Escape was a popular car in the U.S. from 2001 through 2012--not only for its utility, but also for the availability of a hybrid model. At 32 mpg... read more April 3, 2014 by 


 
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG Line leaked

Downsized 3-Cylinder Engines Not Refined Enough For Mercedes

Three-cylinder engines are all the rage right now. Once the preserve of basic economy cars, they're now used in everything from the latest generation of economy vehicles... read more March 13, 2014 by 


 
2014 Ford Fiesta sedan

Are New, Smaller, Higher-Mileage Engines Less Reliable?

For the first time in over 15 years, increased engine and transmission problems in 2011 model year cars have contributed to a decline in vehicle dependability in J.D. Power's... read more February 16, 2014 by 


 
Nissan’s three-cylinder engine for its ZEOD RC electrified Le Mans car

Nissan Reveals Tiny Engine For Electric ZEOD Le Mans Racer

Downsizing isn't just a concept reserved for road-going vehicles--the world of motor racing is adopting the theory too. Smaller engines, turbocharging and hybrid technology... read more January 28, 2014 by 


 
54.5 MPG CAFE standard for 2025

Hybrids, Electrics Not Needed To Reach 54.5 MPG In 2025: Industry Exec

For some companies in the auto industry, building cars to hit a target of 54.5 mpg by 2025 may seem like a near-impossible task. But to others, the EPA's Corporate Average... read more January 17, 2014 by 


 
2014 Ford Fiesta 5-door

2014 Ford Fiesta EcoBoost Priced, 45 MPG Highway Too

Ever since Mitsubishi revealed its gas-sipping Mirage was capable of 40 mpg combined, we've awaited the figures for Ford's 1.0-liter EcoBoost Fiesta with interest. That wait... read more October 29, 2013 by 


 
2014 Toyota Corolla S

Toyota Thinks Larger, Non-Turbo Engines Can Deliver Better MPG

One of the most popular motor industry trends in recent years has been that of 'downsizing' engines--reducing capacity even in larger vehicles to improve fuel efficiency... read more October 16, 2013 by 


 
Engine bay of Caterham's upcoming entry-level model

Tiny Kei-Car Engine For Iconic Caterham 7 Sports Car

Putting a tiny engine in a hairy-chested sports car doesn't seem like the perfect recipe for fun, but British sports car companies have always been a little... different... read more August 9, 2013 by  3


 
2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR

2014 Volkswagen Jetta, Beetle, Passat Get Smaller, More Efficient Engines

Volkswagen is finally dropping its long-serving 2.5-liter gasoline engine from several models, in favor of a more efficient, downsized turbocharged 1.8-liter. The 1.8... read more July 11, 2013 by  5


 
2012 Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost

2025 Gas Mileage Reachable With 'Radical Downsizing' HyBoost Engine, Says Ricardo

Noticed engines getting smaller recently? You're not alone. "Downsizing", as it's called, involves using a smaller engine to do the work of a larger alternative--usually... read more June 19, 2013 by  0


 
VW logo and sign at opening of Volkswagen engine plant in Silao, Mexico

New Gas Mileage Rules Will Reshape What Americans Drive: Engines And Transmissions

Smaller, more efficient engines better matched to more complex transmissions will have some of the biggest effects in making tomorrow's cars more fuel-efficient. The 2025... read more June 18, 2013 by  13


 
2013 Ford Focus ST  -  2.0T EcoBoost engine

Two-Thirds Of 2020 Vehicles Will Be Four Cylinders, Ford Says

Four-cylinder engines, often equipped with turbochargers, are very much in vogue at the moment. It's unlikely to change any time soon, either, with Ford predicting that two... read more May 20, 2013 by  3


 
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test

Diesel Vs Small Turbo Gas Engines: Does Real-World MPG Matter?

As fuel efficiency standards tighten continuously between now and 2025, buyers will have more powertrain options to chose from. And many have suggested there's a battle... read more April 3, 2013 by  10


 
2014 Ford Fiesta: EcoBoost (European version)

Do Small Turbo Engines Really Give Better Gas Mileage?

Back in November, we asked whether tinier, turbocharged engines were really the best way to get good gas mileage. Our assertion was that with the latest generation of small... read more February 6, 2013 by  14


 
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