Fuel Efficiency

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

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 in the White House, the industry has succeeded in getting the comment period reopened for the EPA emission standards finalized... read more

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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


 
Donald Trump

EPA to reopen emission-rule review; how important is this step?

Tomorrow is expected to be the day when President Donald Trump announces the EPA will reopen the comment period for the vehicle emissions standards it finalized in the waning... read more March 14, 2017 by


 
2017 Ford Focus

Bargains surge on small, fuel-efficient sedans, hatchbacks

Automakers are expected to offer greater incentives on sedans and hatchbacks as sales of these models continue to slow. Overall new-car sales fell 1.1 percent in February... read more March 13, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Cruze

Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for March 2017

Once again, it's time to look at the month's best deals on hybrids, plug-in hybrids, electric cars, and fuel-efficient gasoline cars. Deals for March include several new... read more March 10, 2017 by


 
BMW M3 M Performance exhaust

EPA's internal watchdog to check vulnerability to emission cheating

Even with a new leader apparently at odds with its mission, the Environmental Protection Agency continues to function on some level. On Thursday, EPA administrator Scott... read more March 10, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Volt

Which states follow California's emission and zero-emission vehicle rules?

California leads the nation in policies that promote reductions of carbon emissions from road vehicles. It is unique in having a federal waiver that allows it to set its own... read more March 7, 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


 
2017 Chevrolet Cruze

GM says green-car buyers should consider its diesels: here's why

Diesel engines will continue to appear in pickup trucks, European luxury SUVs, and at least a few mass-market crossover utility vehicles. Two of those are the Chevrolet... read more February 28, 2017 by


 
Honda WR-V (Indian-market version)

Honda WR-V: how to make a crossover from a small hatchback

Crossovers are so popular right now that several automakers are even trying to pass off conventional hatchbacks as high-riding utility vehicles. The latest example of this... read more February 24, 2017 by


 
BMW M3 M Performance exhaust

Auto lobby again asks to redo emission rule, to new EPA chief Pruitt this time

Lobbyists for the world's automakers continue to ask the new presidential administration to revisit an EPA decision to finalize emissions standards through 2025. Just days... read more February 23, 2017 by


 
2018 Hyundai Accent

2018 Hyundai Accent confirmed for U.S. as well as Canada (update)

In a U.S. where all the new-vehicle buzz seems to be about light trucks—especially crossover utilities and SUVs—is there even a place for a new subcompact sedan?... read more February 22, 2017 by


 
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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


 

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