Fuel Economy

 
Automakers seek deal to delay EPA's 2022-2025 emission rules

Automakers seek deal to delay EPA's 2022-2025 emission rules

Despite some alarmist reporting, President Donald Trump hasn't abolished the EPA's vehicle emission limits. Nor has he wiped out corporate average fuel-economy rules, set by the NHTSA. So far, he's done two things: signed an executive order reopening the comment period for 2022-2025 EPA emission... read more

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Mercedes-Benz integrated starter generator (ISG)

Don't start-stop systems wear out your car's starter?

Some are almost unnoticeable, others make the car shudder each time they activate—but start-stop systems are here to stay. First rolled out in Europe and Asia, where... read more April 3, 2017 by


 
2017 Toyota Prius

How to curb climate change yourself: drive a more efficient car

Given the current political landscape in Washington, it's not unreasonable to worry about the future of U.S. efforts to combat climate change. The Trump Administration has... read more March 30, 2017 by


 
Gas pump

Costs to meet fuel-economy standards even lower than EPA says: analysis

The auto industry tends to oppose, viscerally and viciously, all attempts to regulate any aspect of its products or business operations for any reason. With President Trump... read more March 24, 2017 by


 
Production line at GM’s Orion Assembly plant in Michigan

Ignore politicians: lower fuel-economy rules don't create jobs, analyst says

A common refrain among critics of current and future fuel-economy standards is that the need to comply with them produces job cuts in the auto industry. It's a theme picked... read more March 22, 2017 by


 
2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

2017 hybrid mid-size sedans: all the entries, plus what's due for 2018

The mid-size sedan was once the default for a majority of U.S. car buyers. While the segment's position has been eroded by the rise of crossover utility vehicles of many... read more March 21, 2017 by


 
2017 Kia Niro Touring, Catskill Mountains, NY, March 2017

2017 Kia Niro: gas mileage review

However you choose to view the 2017 Kia Niro hybrid—Kia says it's a crossover utility, we call it a wagon—it's a good-looking and relatively capacious small car... read more March 17, 2017 by


 
Donald Trump

What Trump did and didn't say in Detroit on EPA emission rules

One of the challenges of today's uber-polarized political environment is that fear and alarmism increasingly overtake the factual realities of an issue. This appears to be... read more March 17, 2017 by


 
2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription

Small turbo engines get good MPG ratings; real-world use may be a different story

Automakers may gradually be putting more emphasis on plug-in electric cars and conventional hybrids, but they are far from done with plain old internal combustion. Over the... read more March 15, 2017 by


 
Gas pump

Automakers say fuel-economy rules hurt buyers; Consumers Union rebuts the claim

Automaker lobbyists continue to push back against the stricter fuel-economy and emissions standards scheduled to take effect in the U.S. over the next decade. Many of their... read more March 7, 2017 by


 
1991 BMW M5

Overall U.S. vehicle fleet gas mileage rose only slightly over last 25 years

The average fuel economy of the new cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. is appreciably higher than it was 10 years ago. The University of Michigan Transportation Research... read more March 2, 2017 by


 
The White House, Washington, D.C.  [Creative Commons license by dcjohn]

Auto industry split over halting, changing fuel-economy rules

Just days after the presidential election, automaker lobbyists urged Donald Trump to loosen pending emissions and fuel-economy standards. Shortly after the election, a... read more February 17, 2017 by


 
2017 Ford Escape Titanium 4WD, Kingston, NY, Feb 2017

2017 Ford Escape AWD 1.5-liter gas mileage review

Smaller engines with turbochargers have spread throughout new vehicles as a way to meet the increasingly stringent fuel-efficiency rules that started in 2012. But no maker... read more February 16, 2017 by


 
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

ACEEE issues latest list of 'Greenest' and 'Meanest" vehicles

Measuring the energy efficiency of a new vehicle is one thing, but ascertaining its overall environmental impact can be more complex. A debate still rages over the overall... read more February 14, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Cruze

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel sedan rated at 37 mpg combined

With the elimination of Volkswagen diesel models, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is one of the few remaining options for buyers seeking a mainstream-priced diesel car. The... read more February 13, 2017 by


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

What White House faces if it tries to roll back fuel-economy standards

Donald Trump won the U.S. Electoral College and swept into the White House on a varied platform that included significant promises to cut regulation and reduce government... read more February 10, 2017 by


 

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