Fuel Efficiency

 
Volkswagen Beetle Dune Hybrid Concept: Quick Drive

Volkswagen Beetle Dune Hybrid Concept: Quick Drive

A large red electrical shutdown switch inside a car says it all: You're driving a prototype. New York City passers-by who looked approvingly at our shiny bronze Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept car didn't know it, but the butcher-looking Beetle was running on a hybrid system not currently offered in... read more

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Gas pump

Why Higher Gas Taxes Would Have Been Best Way To Save Fuel

It's now a widely-accepted tenet of today's U.S. political landscape: You just can't come out and advocate for higher taxes. For any purpose, under any circumstances, no... read more May 15, 2015 by 


 
2015 Ford Focus SE EcoBoost, Bear Mountain State Park, NY, May 2015

2015 Ford Focus EcoBoost: Brief Drive Of 1.0-Liter Three-Cylinder Sedan

The 2015 Ford Focus EcoBoost may be the most European car Ford sells in the U.S. It's fun, but not fast. It handles well, and has a small engine that requires energetic use... read more May 14, 2015 by 


 
2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i

Why BMW Boosting Its V-8 Twin-Turbo's Fuel Efficiency Kills Batteries

Modern cars are asked to excel at many things, some of which are at cross purposes. The buying public demands vehicles that are sporty and luxurious, but regulations require... read more May 13, 2015 by 


 
2015 Chevrolet Trax LT AWD, Catskill Mountains, NY, Apr 2015

2015 Chevrolet Trax: Gas Mileage Review Of Small SUV

Sport-utility vehicles are all about hauling stuff, so collecting a set of 40-year-old wheels seemed like the perfect road test for the new 2015 Chevrolet Trax. The... read more May 12, 2015 by 


 
Fuel gauge

New Vehicle Fuel-Economy Fell In April, Likely Due To SUV Sales

The sales-weighted average fuel economy of new cars and trucks sold in the U.S. declined last month, although it remains high overall. Average window-sticker fuel economy for... read more May 7, 2015 by 


 
2015 Toyota Prius Liftback

Toyota Prius Brand Perception More Negative In Social Media: Analysis

The Toyota Prius will go down in history as a truly ground-breaking vehicle, both the first and the highest-production hybrid vehicle built to date. It's also the sole... read more May 4, 2015 by 


 
Gas pump

Will Fuel Economy Rules Require Future Cars To Use Premium Gas?

Carmakers are pursuing continual fuel-economy gains to meet the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard of 54.5 mpg set for 2025. Their engineers work to squeeze every... read more April 30, 2015 by 


 
2016 Volvo XC90 Excellence

Third Row Seats, Good Gas Mileage: What Are Your Options?

If you need to fit more than five into your vehicle—even just sometimes—and the thought of getting less than 25 miles per gallon in daily driving repulses you... read more April 30, 2015 by 


 
54.5 MPG CAFE standard for 2025

Let's Be Clear: Real 2025 Gas-Mileage Goal Is 40 MPG--Or So--Not 54.5 MPG

Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards require carmakers to achieve a fleet average of 54.5 mpg by 2025, but the current average for new vehicles isn't even close to... read more April 29, 2015 by 


 
2016 Mazda MX-5 Club

2016 Mazda Miata: At 30 MPG Combined, Gas Mileage 25 Percent Higher

Nearly eight months after the car was first unveiled, we now have fuel-economy figures for the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata sports car. The Miata will achieve 30 mpg combined (27... read more April 27, 2015 by 


 
2015 MINI Cooper S 4-Door Hardtop, Catskill Mountains, NY, Apr 2015

2015 MINI Cooper S Hardtop 4-Door: Gas Mileage Review

In various forms, the MINI has been with us for more than half a century--but its image has always been shaped by the two-door model. The original BMC Mini had two doors and... read more April 22, 2015 by 


 
Student team vehicles at the 2015 Shell Eco Marathon Americas

Shell Eco Marathon: Why Odd Cars Built By Students Matter

Many of the cars are more like enclosed bicycles, and virtually none of them could operate on public roads or highways. But the Shell Eco-Marathon offers some useful lessons... read more April 17, 2015 by 


 
2015 Ford F-150

Aluminum-Body 2015 Ford F-150 Gets 5-Star NHTSA Rating For Crash Safety

Cutting weight can be one of the most effective tactics to increase fuel economy, but it doesn't necessarily come cheap. The 2015 Ford F-150 pickup, with its aluminum body... read more April 16, 2015 by 


 
2012 Nissan Leaf with roof rack fitted

Yes, Roof Boxes And Ski Racks Really Do Cut MPG—More Than You Might Think

If you follow our coverage on fuel efficiency, you know that real-world mileage numbers don't always measure up to the official EPA ratings. But if you think failing to meet... read more April 15, 2015 by 


 
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Ford Patent For 11-Speed Automatic: Transmission Wars Escalate

Time was that the most gears you could get in an automatic transmission was three or four. Then came five- and six-speed automatics, which are now pretty much the standard... read more April 14, 2015 by 


 

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