Gas Mileage

  • Volkswagen Golf TDI BlueMotion

    Electric vehicles are already subject to reams of federal and local incentives to encourage the market's growth, and now Volkswagen wants similar incentives for the sale of clean diesel cars. The German automaker feels regulators aren't doing enough to encourage diesel sales, "one of the greenest choices" as Anna Schneider, vice president for industry and government relations at VW Group of America, told a diesel forum on Tuesday. According to The Detroit News, VW wants the U.S. government to include diesel on its 'all of the above' strategy for greening the country's roads. With several...

  • 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, May 2013
    Five 40-MPG Mid-Size Sedans You Can Buy Today

    Imagine it's 2025 and the full impact of tougher gas-mileage regulations has taken effect. That year, it's easy to buy a mid-size sedan--perhaps even something a bit larger--that returns 40 mpg in regular use. Here's the thing, though: For 2013, there are already a handful of sedans that do that...

  • 2014 Nissan Rogue SL
    Nissan Will Add Murano Hybrid, Rogue Hybrid In 2015 (Or So)

    The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid hasn't quite hit the dealerships yet, but already Nissan is promising more models that use the same hybrid system. When they're redesigned during the next couple of years, both the Murano and Rogue crossovers will be offered with a hybrid option, Nissan said. The...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012
    Ford's C-Max Mileage Mess: How It Happened And What It Means

    Ford spent nine months justifying the 47-mpg fuel-efficiency rating of its new 2013 C-Max Hybrid--before it bowed to public pressure and lowered it to 43 mpg late Thursday. While its three latest hybrid models continue to sell well, the latest reversal draws attention to Ford's challenges when the...

  • 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
    2014 Mitsubishi Mirage: $12,995 For 40 MPG Minicar

    The specification list and gas mileage for the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage read more like a car from the 1980s--but it's coming to market with a distinctly 2013 price tag. A five-door, light weight and aerodynamically efficient hatchback, the Mirage straddles the minicar and subcompact markets, but its...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012
    2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Owners Get Cash As Ford Lowers MPG Rating

    For Ford, it's all about "customer satisfaction"--a phrase it's repeated hundreds of times over the past nine months. During that time, it's grappled with the realization that not only did its 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid not achieve anywhere close to its 47-mpg EPA rating, but the shortfall had made...

  • 2014 Ford C-Max

    Ford will lower the 47-mpg gas mileage rating for its C-Max Hybrid hatchback, a much-disputed metric that was never backed up by real-world owner experience. Soon after the cars launched a year ago, widespread media coverage--on this site and Consumer Reports, among others--indicated that owners were getting real-world figures that varied significantly from the rated mileage for Ford's new hybrid models. Neither the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid nor the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, which use identical powertrains, appeared to return nor achieve anywhere near the advertised EPA ratings of 47 mpg combined...

  • European Ford Focus gets lower-emission 1.0 3-cyl EcoBoost
    Forbidden Fruit: Europe's Ford Focus 3-Cyl EcoBoost Gets Even Greener

    As the U.S. still eagerly awaits the introduction of the 3-cylinder EcoBoost Ford Fiesta, European drivers are buying Ford's tiny-engined cars in their droves. Various versions off the 1.0-liter, three-cylinder, turbocharged gasoline unit are available in both the Fiesta and larger Focus--and when...

  • Engine bay of Caterham's upcoming entry-level model
    Tiny Kei-Car Engine For Iconic Caterham 7 Sports Car

    Putting a tiny engine in a hairy-chested sports car doesn't seem like the perfect recipe for fun, but British sports car companies have always been a little... different. Caterham is one of those companies. Back in 1972, it bought the rights to Colin Chapman's lightweight Lotus Seven sports car...

  • 2015 Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra Hatchback
    Audi A3 TDI Ultra Is Audi's Most Fuel-Efficient Car Ever...But Not For U.S.

    The 'Ultra' tag will be familiar to fans of endurance motor racing, seen since 2010 on Audi's Le Mans-winning race cars. It hasn't yet featured on an Audi production car though, up until now--and as you'd expect, it's Audi's most fuel-efficient production car ever. The Audi A3 1.6 TDI Ultra uses a...

  • 2013 Honda Insight
    Real-World Gas Mileage Varies By Brand; Honda Does Well, Ford Not So Much

    Just how close do cars get to their official EPA gas mileage figures? We expect it's a question many of our readers are familiar with--either in keeping an eye on their own car's gas mileage, or from friends asking about their next car. It's become all the more important in recent months, with...

  • Fuel gauge
    Facing Fuel-Economy Fracas, Ford Focuses On Gas Mileage Myths (Video)

    Many buyers of new Ford cars--both its 2013 C-Max and Fusion hybrids, and those fitted with its EcoBoost line of downsized, turbocharged engines--report real-world gas mileage much lower than the cars' EPA ratings. Ford is trying to counter almost a year's worth of media attention to these concerns...

  • S-Oil's HERE balloon program for saving gas in parking lots

    Sometimes the best ideas are also the simplest. That was our first thought on seeing one gas-saving idea from nothing less than an oil company in South Korea. Called the HERE balloon, it's oil giant S-Oil's way of reducing the time drivers spend looking for a space in a large parking lot--and therefore, the gas they waste while doing so. It's amazingly simple. Bright yellow arrow-shaped balloons are tied to every parking space. When a car is parked, it pulls the balloon's tether down so it's not visible to those scanning for spaces. But in empty spaces, the balloon is high enough that it can...

  • Zachary Nelson and Ford's haptic gear shifter technology (Image: Video screen grab)
    Want To Improve Manual Gas Mileage? Haptic Shift Knob Tech Could Help

    The humble automatic transmission has come along in leaps and bounds over the year, and modern systems are often more efficient than their manual equivalents. For the manual gearbox itself, economy is still very much down to "the nut behind the wheel", so anything that optimizes a driver's shift...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius C
    New Hybrids Enter List Of Cars With Highest Gas Mileage Ever

    Back in 2010, we asked why so few of today's cars were among the most fuel efficient ever. Look down the list of the most fuel-efficient vehicles sold in the U.S, and only a small handful had been built in the previous decade--cars such as the familiar Prius, and the all-too-brief but brilliant...

  • 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe
    Top Five Small Coupes With The Best Gas Mileage

    It used to be so simple to tell which cars were coupes and which weren't. And not just because the word "Coupe" was emblazoned on your vinyl roof pillars in metallic script. Generally, if it was a little sleeker than the average car, had only two doors and a proper trunk, you had yourself a coupe...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012
    2013 Ford C-Max, Fusion Hybrids To Be Modified To Boost MPG In Real-World Use

    That noise you heard yesterday afternoon? That was the sound of the other shoe dropping. Ford said yesterday that it will "enhance the on-road fuel economy performance" of the 77,000 2013 hybrid models it's sold over the last year, in an effort to "improve customer satisfaction." The announcement...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS, Catskill Mountains, NY, July 2013
    2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS: How Hot Is Chevy's Sporty Hatch?

    The Chevrolet Sonic subcompact was an impressive offering when we tested both a 1.8-liter LT hatchback and a 1.4-liter LTZ sedan almost two years ago. Now, with the advent of the 2013 Chevy Sonic RS sports model, we had a chance to revisit the car--and we remain impressed. The RS version uses the...

  • 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid owned by Bayer Protective Services, Sacramento, CA

    If you ever had any doubt that hybrids were durable--and many people do--here's a case study to set your mind at ease. A white base-model 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid has just crossed 500,000 miles, which possibly makes it the highest-mileage Escape Hybrid on the road. That's much higher than the Escape Hybrids with 300,000 miles of taxi service in San Francisco--at which point they were retired. Bayer Protective Services, a private security-patrol company in Sacramento, California, owns the hybrid Escape--known as Car 804. It's part of the company's fleet of Ford Escapes--both hybrid and regular...

  • 2013 MINI John Cooper Works Paceman ALL4, New York City
    2013 MINI Paceman John Cooper Works: We Ask 'Why?'

    Every once in a while, we end up driving a car that leaves us utterly confused. The 2013 MINI Cooper Paceman John Cooper Works ALL4 we drove for a day last week is one such vehicle. It's striking, but far less functional than the MINI Countryman from which it's derived. The handling is decent, but...

  • Bicycle racks can affect aerodynamics (Image: Flickr user kardboard604)
    Want To Boost Gas Mileage? Remove That Bike Rack, Says Consumer Reports

    If you're one of the millions of Americans preparing for your summer vacation, you might also be readying the family's bicycles for some exercise while you're away. Chances are, this involves some kind of roof-mounted bicycle rack for your car. And this can have a dramatic effect on your gas...

  • 2014 Nissan Versa Note
    2014 Nissan Versa Note Tops Subcompact Gas Mileage; Clever Aero, Light Weight

    As automobile manufacturers strive for greater fuel efficiency, it's the low-hanging fruit proving most effective for immediate gains. That's why Nissan's new 2014 Versa Note--replacing the old 2012 Versa hatchback--has improved by a full 5 mpg on the old car's combined economy. The 2014 Nissan...

  • 2014 Mazda 3 sedan leaked
    2014 Mazda Mazda3 Sedan: Aero-Efficient Sedan Revealed

    Mazda is on a roll at the moment. Its CX-5 crossover is among the most efficient in class, and the new 40 mpg highway Mazda 6 likewise. The 2014 Mazda 3 was also unveiled recently, and thanks to images leaked on the internet a few days ago, Mazda has now seen fit to reveal the 2014 Mazda 3 sedan in...

  • 2014 Mazda Mazda6
    2014 Mazda Mazda6 Gas Mileage Revealed: 40 Highway, 32 Combined

    The automobile market is no longer a stranger to cars achieving highway mileage of 40 mpg, but to see such a figure coming from a midsize car is quite an impressive feat. What's more, the midsize car in question--Mazda's 2014 Mazda6 sedan--has no diesel engine nor hybrid system to help it reach...

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