Gas Mileage

 
2017 hybrid mid-size sedans: all the entries, plus what's due for 2018

2017 hybrid mid-size sedans: all the entries, plus what's due for 2018

The mid-size sedan was once the default for a majority of U.S. car buyers. While the segment's position has been eroded by the rise of crossover utility vehicles of many sizes, these sedans still remain quite popular. Given the number of options available among hybrid mid-size sedans, that should... read more

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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


 
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


 
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


 
The White House, Washington, D.C.  [Creative Commons license by dcjohn]

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


 
2017 Ford Escape Titanium 4WD, Kingston, NY, Feb 2017

2017 Ford Escape AWD 1.5-liter gas mileage review

Smaller engines with turbochargers have spread throughout new vehicles as a way to meet the increasingly stringent fuel-efficiency rules that started in 2012. But no maker... read more February 16, 2017 by


 
Elio E1A test vehicle, June 2016

Production for Elio 3-wheeler slides to 2018; is time running out?

Elio Motors continues to drag its feet regarding the start of production for its three-wheeled, two-seat, "84-mpg" vehicle, but it may now be running out of time. The company... read more February 10, 2017 by


 
2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid

Why aren't there more hybrid crossover utilities and SUVs?

It's one of the most frequent questions asked by shoppers interested in utility vehicles with better gas mileage: why aren't there more hybrid SUVs and crossovers? Following... read more February 8, 2017 by


 
2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

VW suggests engine downsizing is done; emissions rules are the reason

When it comes to improving fuel efficiency, simply making an engine smaller is a fairly direct way to get results. It's the approach that many automakers have taken in recent... read more February 8, 2017 by


 
Gas pump

Public supports fuel-economy regulations, including Trump voters

Regardless of political persuasion, there are some issues almost everyone can agree on. One of them, for example, is likely gas prices. It's hard to imagine anyone who enjoys... read more February 1, 2017 by


 
Gas pump

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... read more January 18, 2017 by


 
2017 Mazda CX-5

Mazda to launch homogeneous-charge compression engine next year

The differences between gasoline and diesel engines lie not only in their fuels, but in how those fuels are ignited. Gasoline engines use spark plugs, while diesels simply... read more January 16, 2017 by


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

EPA finalizes emission rules through 2025; no change from existing levels

Seven days before the advent of a new presidential administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has locked in planned auto-emission standards through 2025. The... read more January 13, 2017 by


 
New Ford GT

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... read more January 12, 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


 

 
 

 
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