Fuel Economy

 
Some small SUVs may stint front passengers on safety: IIHS

Some small SUVs may stint front passengers on safety: IIHS

In a recent test of small crossover-utility vehicles, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that front-seat passengers may not be as well protected as drivers. In 2012, the IIHS implemented its small front overlap crash test, which involves only 25 percent of the front of a... read more

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Volvo Concept Truck

Lighter Volvo aero truck concept is 30 percent more fuel-efficient

A lot of attention is paid to the fuel efficiency of passenger cars, but large commercial trucks need some improvements as well. Semi trucks cover significantly more mileage... read more June 9, 2016 by


 
Ford Mustang in France

Europe's carbon goals could make cars unaffordable: Ford exec

Stricter emissions standards may raise the average cost of new vehicles, but will that make them "elitist?" The increasingly sophisticated technology required to improve the... read more June 8, 2016 by


 
2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring

Consumer Reports confirms 2016 Toyota Prius 52-mpg rating

Consumer Reports has confirmed the 52-mpg combined EPA fuel-economy rating of the 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid, although its ratings in city and highway testing differed... read more May 31, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

Start-stop systems to be offered on all GM vehicles by 2020

General Motors is about to commit to engine start-stop systems in a big way. Start-stop systems—which shut off the engine while a car is stationary to save... read more May 26, 2016 by


 
54.5 MPG CAFE standard for 2025

How CAFE works: 5 things you should know about gas-mileage standards

As automakers and policy wonks fret and fuss over future fuel economy standards, interested spectators may be lost in the fumes. What exactly are Corporate Average Fuel... read more May 24, 2016 by


 
Fuel gauge

48-volt mild hybrid systems: what they do, how they change the car

To meet stricter fuel-economy standards, carmakers will have to rely more on all varieties of electrification in the coming years. That means more battery-electric and... read more May 23, 2016 by


 
2016 Chevrolet Traverse

GM big SUV buyers to get gift cards or protection plan for fuel-economy errors (updated)

General Motors will compensate owners of three large crossover SUV models for misstated fuel economy on window stickers with a choice of a debit card or an expanded... read more May 23, 2016 by


 
Suzuki Jimny

Suzuki says wrong fuel-economy tests used in Japan, joining Mitsubishi

The Volkswagen diesel scandal has led to increased scrutiny on all carmakers' compliance with emission and related fuel-economy rules. Last month, Mitsubishi admitted to... read more May 19, 2016 by


 
2016 Mini Cooper Clubman in New York's Hudson Valley, Apr 2016

2016 Mini Cooper Clubman gas mileage review

We're fond of Mini Coopers around here. The little British cars are fun to drive, often produce smiles from others, and in their latest incarnation, are considerably more... read more May 18, 2016 by


 
2016 Chevrolet Traverse FWD 4-door LT w/1LT Angular Front Exterior View

Gas-mileage error halts sale of GM's large SUVs; new labels on the way

It would appear that every automaker is rechecking its gas-mileage calculations these days. The ongoing VW diesel-emission cheating scandal and Mitsubishi's recent admission... read more May 16, 2016 by


 
2016 Scion iA

Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for May 2016

A new month brings more deals on hybrid, electric, and fuel-efficient cars. Incentives change from month to month as manufacturers try to boost sales of certain models, clear... read more May 16, 2016 by


 
2016 Jeep Wrangler

Fiat Chrysler to offer turbo-4 to boost fuel economy in next Jeep Wrangler

You'd expect an engine named Hurricane to be fairly powerful. And Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has dropped hints that it would launch a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine... read more May 10, 2016 by


 
2016 Toyota RAV4 SE

Average new-car fuel economy keeps falling as SUVs surge

The average fuel economy of new cars sold in April fell again as SUV sales remained strong. Two separate analyses show a drop in fuel economy last month, continuing a trend... read more May 10, 2016 by


 
Tata Nexon Concept  -  2014 Geneva Auto Show

Electric rear axle project uses 48-volt system to electrify small cars

As an alternative to costlier full-hybrid systems, many suppliers are looking to mild-hybrid powertrains to boost the efficiency of internal-combustion cars. A small 48-volt... read more May 10, 2016 by


 
Ford 3.5-liter V-6 and 10-speed automatic transmission

2017 Ford F-150: new 10-speed automatic transmission, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6

The 2017 Ford F-150 full-size pickup will be the first mass-market vehicle to go on sale with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The transmission—co-developed with... read more May 4, 2016 by


 

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