Fuel Efficiency

 
Gas has to cost $3 a gallon before it affects vehicle choice, study says

Gas has to cost $3 a gallon before it affects vehicle choice, study says

Continuing low gas prices are often blamed for the current popularity of crossover utilities and SUVs, along with any sales struggles green cars may experience. But would a sudden increase in gas prices cause shoppers to flock to more fuel-efficient vehicles? If so, how high would gas prices have... read more

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2016 Kia Soul EV

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

It's a new year, and that means a new crop of buyer deals on green cars. The 2017 model year is now well underway, but older 2016 versions of certain vehicles still sit on... read more January 11, 2017 by


 
2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: lifetime carbon emissions 24 percent lower vs standard minivan

Cars that run entirely or partly on electricity from a battery pack have no tailpipe emissions, but to judge their overall impact, you have to look at lifetime... read more January 10, 2017 by


 
Fuel gauge

Calculated average new-car fuel economy in 3-year plateau

For nearly a decade, the average fuel economy of new cars sold in the U.S. steadily increased—but that moment has stalled in recent years. Low gas prices and increased... read more January 10, 2017 by


 
Elio Motors 84 mpg 3-wheeler [Image: Elio Motors]

Will 3-wheeled so-called 'autocycles' break out this year? We're skeptical

Three-wheeled vehicles have never been remotely popular in North America, but some new makers of these unusual vehicles are hoping for a resurgence of interest. Falling into... read more January 9, 2017 by


 
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 SE, Catskill Mountains, NY, Nov 2016

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4: gas mileage review

The Mitsubishi Mirage is the underdog of small cars: slow, loud, and archaic, but scrappy. And it's been a much bigger sales success than Mitsubishi expected, given the small... read more January 3, 2017 by


 
Fuel gauge

Fuel-economy rules not the cause of rising auto prices: analysis

Lobbyists for big automakers, both domestic and foreign, make no secret about their desire for lower fuel-economy standards. One argument presented to support a lowering of... read more December 30, 2016 by


 
President Barack Obama sits in 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car at Detroit Auto Show, Jan 2016

Flurry of green-car rules as Obama administration departs

When it comes to regulations governing the auto industry, the Obama administration does not plan to go gentle into that good night. The outgoing administration has pushed... read more December 29, 2016 by


 
2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

EU fuel-economy ratings move further from reality; Mercedes tops offender list

It's well known by now that the European Union testing protocol for fuel economy is much less rigorous than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. Both... read more December 27, 2016 by


 
Fuel gauge

NHTSA delays penalty rise for carmakers who miss CAFE levels

Current Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards require automakers to achieve a fleet average of roughly 54.5 mpg by 2025. That's actually closer to 40 mpg in the... read more December 22, 2016 by


 
2016 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec

Diesel cars can save you money, but only a few diesel trucks do: analysis

While diesel vehicles have received a black eye in the form of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, they often still deliver better fuel economy than comparable gasoline models... read more December 19, 2016 by


 
2017 Toyota Prius Prime, Catskill Mountains, NY, Nov 2016

2017 Toyota Prius Prime: gas mileage, electric range review

The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime turned out to be a better plug-in hybrid than we had expected when we drove it around sunny Ojai, California, on the press launch in October. It's... read more December 12, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

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

As 2016 winds down, we have one last round of deals on green cars for the year. We also have the very first deals on the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car and 2017 Toyota... read more December 12, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet Cruze Diesel prices released, from $24,670 up (update)

Several automakers have backed away from diesels in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal. But General Motors is moving ahead with the launch of its Chevrolet Cruze... read more December 9, 2016 by


 
U.S. Capitol Building

Automaker lobbyists fail to overturn EPA emission rules

A week ago, the EPA recommended that U.S. vehicle emission standards stay put for the years 2022 through 2025. According to the Technical Assessment Report the agency issued... read more December 7, 2016 by


 
GM 9-speed automatic transmission

GM debuts 9-speed automatic, offering 2-percent efficiency improvement

In order to meet stricter emissions standards, automakers are scrambling for any efficiency gain they can get in internal-combustion engines and powertrains. One of the most... read more December 6, 2016 by


 

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