Gas Mileage

 
When the 'eco' in EcoBoost is so low that gas-guzzler taxes apply

When the 'eco' in EcoBoost is so low that gas-guzzler taxes apply

Since Ford launched its line of downsized EcoBoost engines in 2009, the "eco" part of that name has often required an asterisk. That's because some owners have found that real-world fuel economy results don't always live up to the vehicles' official EPA ratings. The phrase "you can have Eco, or you... read more

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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


 
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


 
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


 
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


 
2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid

Ford will ask Trump to cut fuel-economy rules, CEO says; 'no demand' for hybrid, electric cars

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ruled that existing emissions limits for passenger cars for 2022 through 2025 should remain in place. It's a decision that... read more December 5, 2016 by


 
Gas pump

Carmakers howl about CAFE rules, but regularly beat them; why?

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it would maintain current Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for 2022 to 2025. The decision was... read more December 4, 2016 by


 
2018 Ford Fiesta (European spec)

2018 Ford Fiesta minicar unveiled in Europe; U.S. plans unclear

Subcompact cars aren't getting much attention from buyers in the U.S. these days, but they remain a hot commodity in other markets. So while a redesigned 2018 Ford Fiesta... read more December 2, 2016 by


 
U.S. Capitol Building

EPA decides to maintain vehicle emission limits through 2025

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to maintain its existing limits on emissions of greenhouse gases for light-duty vehicles through 2025. Enacted by... read more December 1, 2016 by


 
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

Hatchback renaissance: are they seen as utility vehicles now?

The U.S. may be in the midst of a somewhat unlikely hatchback renaissance. Three- and five-door body styles have never been as popular in the U.S. as in other markets, with... read more November 29, 2016 by


 
2017 Fiat 500S

Fiat to slash prices on aging small car lines: report

When it launched in the U.S. back in late 2010, the current Fiat 500 marked the return of the storied Italian brand to these shores. The little three-door hatchback gave... read more November 28, 2016 by


 
2017 Nissan Sentra Nismo

Start-stop systems to soar in number over next decade

Plug-in electric cars are slowly becoming more common, but internal-combustion engines will remain a significant presence on the world's roads for decades to come yet. That... read more November 16, 2016 by


 
EPA gas-mileage label (window sticker), design used starting in model year 2013

EPA gas-mileage labels accurate, helpful, unlike 2005: Consumer Reports

Car buyers remain aware that the real-world fuel economy of new vehicles may not match the ratings on their window stickers. The year-old Volkswagen diesel scandal has also... read more November 15, 2016 by


 
2017 Honda CR-V

Are you driving a car, a crossover, an SUV, or a truck? Do you care?

Are you driving a car or a truck? The answer may be harder to determine than you think. U.S. safety and emissions regulations generally split cars and trucks into two... read more November 9, 2016 by


 
2016 Renault Clio RS

Could an EU switch to on-road emission tests allow more pollution?

The Volkswagen diesel scandal convinced European regulators to switch from laboratory emissions testing to tests that involve actual, on-road driving. This could prevent... read more November 8, 2016 by


 
Ford Mustang GT at 2016 MPG Marathon, U.K.

Ford Mustang is unlikely winner of UK gas-mileage marathon

The Ford Mustang isn't usually the first vehicle that comes to mind when thinking about fuel-efficient cars. But a new Mustang recently won the title of most-improved fuel... read more November 4, 2016 by


 

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