Fuel Economy

  • 2017 Ford GT originally commissioned by John Cena - Image via Mecum Auctions

    Ford confessed issues with its emissions certification process that may have resulted in more pollution than suggested by test results.

  • 2018 GMC Sierra 1500
    2019 full-size pickup truck mpg champs: Ford vs. Chevy vs. Ram

    With electric pickup trucks from Ford, GM, and others—including newcomers like Rivian—looking likely to arrive in the next few years, the truck field could be on the verge of a clean, quiet, tailpipe-emissions-free shakeup. That said, you wouldn’t know this segment as being poised...

  • 2019 Honda Insight
    EPA says fuel economy rose in 2017, but it may be falling again

    An EPA report released Wednesday shows that cars are getting better gas mileage in response to rising fuel economy standards. Yet a roaring economy and low gas prices have put Americans on a truck-buying spree, and the EPA is working to undermine those standards. According to its annual automotive...

  • San Luis Obispo, CA National Drive Electric Week 2018 [Credit Justin Bradshaw SLO Climate Coalition]
    What effect do you expect the Green New Deal to have for electric cars? Twitter poll results

    If the goal of the Green New Deal proposed by Democrats in Congress is to get people talking about a transition to renewable energy, then it looks to be gaining traction. The Senate generated controversy on both sides of the aisle by proposing to hold a token vote on the proposal. Studies have...

  • 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid
    Toyota Corolla Hybrid rated 52 mpg: Why Toyota says it won't cannibalize Prius sales

    Last week the U.S. EPA released final fuel economy numbers for the 2020 Toyota Corolla lineup. They include a confirmation of what Toyota had claimed when it introduced the lineup last fall: that the Corolla Hybrid will carry an EPA combined rating of more than 50 mpg. The 2020 Toyota Corolla...

  • Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]
    Shutdown has held up EPA certification, new vehicle introductions

    Now that the government has reopened after a 35-day shutdown, EPA employees are going back to work facing a backlog. Toward the end of the shutdown last week, executives at all three major Detroit automakers expressed concern about certification delays that could affect new models they plan to...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

    Until all cars can become electric, it makes sense to support making internal-combustion passenger cars as fuel-efficient as possible. It makes even more sense for popular, thirsty large pickups, where each mpg improvement can save a lot more gallons of gas. Unfortunately, some of the latest attempts as improving fuel economy in big pickups—such as installing small engines with turbochargers to make up for the power difference—don't always bear out in the real world. The latest illustration came in Car and Driver's test of the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup with its new...

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    GM battery layoffs, Trump and fuel economy, more fast chargers: Today's Car News

    Electrify America gets plans approved to build more fast chargers in California. A new study shows what the Trump administration is missing about how fuel-economy standards affect vehicle affordability. And we have results from our last Twitter poll and a new poll for you to try. All this and more...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars outside dealership    [photo: Patrick Reid]
    Study finds what Trump is missing about fuel economy: Poor people don't buy new cars

    Rising fuel economy standards make driving more affordable for low-income households, not less as the Trump administration argues, according to a new study by the Consumer Federation of America. In their proposal to freeze fuel-economy increases, the EPA and NHTSA argued that increasing fuel...

  • 2019 Mazda 3, 2018 LA Auto Show
    2019 Mazda 3 sedan and hatch aim for an X factor–and that’s not electric

    Mazda has revealed its 2019 Mazda 3 compact car, in new-generation form, at the 2018 LA Auto Show. It’s not surprising, given the brand’s go-it-alone strategy this decade, that the new ‘3’ appears to take a different path than key global compact-car rivals in nearly every...

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    Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Colorado cleans up, why not a Tesla Model 3 or plug-in: Today's Car News

    The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid gets better fuel economy than any other SUV without a plug. We take a look at the benefits of short-range plug-in hybrids. Our readers weigh in on why they haven't yet bought a Tesla Model 3. And Colorado joins up with California emissions standards. All this and more on...

  • 2020 Toyota Corolla
    Toyota Corolla hybrid will join Prius next year

    The redesigned 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan will soon spawn a hybrid variant, the first gasoline-electric version of the automaker's popular compact car. Toyota made the announcement Thursday as it unveiled the Corolla sedan at simultaneous events in California and China, underscoring the model's...

  • 2019 Infiniti QX50, first drive

    Turbocharging has mostly not lived up to its billing of being the savior of internal-combustion engine technology. Earlier this decade, facing increasing fuel economy requirements, automakers rushed to boost fuel economy by adding turbochargers to lots of small engines. The problem is, many of them turned out not to be very efficient. As critics of Ford’s lineup of EcoBoost turbocharged engines have said, “You can have Eco or you can have Boost. You can’t have both.” CHECK OUT: Engineers find new ways to improve efficiency of gas engines: Engineering Explained Nissan...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    GM wants Trump administration to consider national electric-vehicle mandate

    The term “hail Mary” might be appropriate for what General Motors, led by chief executive officer Mary Barra, is attempting at this stage of the federal government’s dialog on fuel efficiency and electric vehicles. GM is launching an effort to propose a 50-state solution for...

  • BMW iX3 Concept front 3/4
    BMW says 85 percent of cars will still have engines in 2030

    Once a leader in electric cars, BMW now says it expects 85 percent of its cars still to have internal combustion engines by 2030. Speaking to Australian reporters for GoAuto at the Paris auto show earlier in October, BMW board member for development Klaus Froehlich said, “A very optimistic...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt
    Best deals on green cars for October 2018

    One of the best ways to get people to buy green cars is the same way automakers get consumers to buy any car—by making deals. Looking at October sales, among plug in cars other than Teslas, the bestsellers were those that offer the best deals from month to month. This month, many of the same...

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    Trump fuel-economy proposal writes off rising global temperatures

    It's not that the Trump administration doesn't believe in climate change. It just doesn't want to do anything about it. In a 500-page draft environmental impact statement concerning the EPA's and NHTSA's joint proposal to roll back fuel-economy and emissions regulations, the NHTSA reports that it...

  • Paul Elio with 5 successive prototype Elios
    Elio Motors to buy engines, abandons building its own

    Elio Motors, which has been struggling since 2009 to build its own ultra-cheap, small, fuel-efficient, three-wheeled car, announced Thursday that it will source an engine from a major automaker. Previously, the company planned to build its own 3-cylinder engine with up to 55 horsepower for its...

  • 2019 Honda Insight

    That sound you hear isn’t the 2019 Honda Insight’s hybrid powertrain whirring along. It’s the undertaker coming for the vaunted Honda Civic nameplate. The 2019 Insight isn’t just a better hybrid, it’s a better compact car. I spent a week moseying around in an Insight Touring, a well-equipped $29,000 compact sedan with mid-size space for passengers and cargo that averaged about 45 mpg no matter how I drove it. READ THIS: 2019 Honda Insight first drive mpg review: 55 mpg from hybrid sedan With its soft leather trim, power-adjustable front seats, quality sound...

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    How to save gas on Labor Day trips

    Labor Day is one of the biggest travel weekends for all year, as Americans close out the summer and enjoy a last excursion before heading back to school. That makes it one of the biggest weekends for gas sales too, though nobody wants to spend more than they need to on fuel. If you're making a trip...

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    VW diesel settlement, California clean air, and fuel economy demands: Today's Car News

    California clean air regulators held a reportedly contentious meeting with Trump administration officials over the proposal to roll back fuel economy standards. A wide survey of Americans told researchers that they're dissatisfied with the fuel economy their cars get now, implying they might want...

  • Volkswagen turbodiesels await their fate near Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs
    Final deadline for VW TDI diesel settlement

    Two more days. That's all the time owners of 2.0-liter diesel VWs have to file claims to receive a large financial settlement and to have their cars repaired to meet emissions standards. TDI owners have had plenty of notice to file paperwork to receive a financial settlement to replace or fix their...

  • 2017 Ford Focus Electric window sticker showing 115-mile range rating
    Americans still want better fuel economy, survey says

    Just as the Trump administration moves to roll back fuel economy standards, a new survey shows that Americans are dissatisfied with the fuel economy their cars already get. The American Customer Satisfaction Index survey for cars was released Tuesday, and among the 10 attributes the survey studied...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Cruze
    2019 Chevy Cruze's upcoming CVT rated at 33 mpg combined (Updated)

    Fuel economy estimates posted to the EPA's website for the redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Cruze show some changes—plus a big surprise. The latest ratings reveal that the EPA has certified a gas-fueled Cruze with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that boosts city fuel economy...