Gas Mileage

  • Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC diesel (European version)

    Fuel-economy ratings for cars sold in Europe have long been wildly unrealistic, sometimes more than 30 percent more optimistic than real-world consumption figures. Today, that will change. As of September 1, two new and more stringent testing regimes are to be used for certifying new vehicles going on sale in European Union countries. DON'T MISS: EU fuel-economy ratings move further from reality; Mercedes tops offender list The test cycles in use until now, known as the New European Driving Cycle or NEDC, have been widely criticized as too gentle and unrepresentative of actual usage patterns...

  • 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Blue Streak
    Trump NHTSA might reduce fuel-economy rules for two-thirds of U.S. vehicles

    Consumers all over the world, but especially in North America, are buying more crossover utility vehicles and fewer passenger sedans and hatchbacks. The U.S. auto industry makes the bulk of its profits on light trucks, which include crossovers, pickup trucks, and even minivans. The Trump...

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    Carmaker lobbyist urges fuel-economy deal to keep emission limits, but stretch them out (updated)

    Automakers appear to have united behind a surprising position: reviews of emission rules should not involve scrapping the current standards. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a lobbying group that represents automakers building cars in the U.S., has suggested the Trump administration should...

  • 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor
    For pickup trucks, more than half all fuel savings come in 2022-2025 CAFE rules

    Sometimes, when science and technology issues have economic or political consequences, incorrect or misleading information and analyses can be propagated through the media, leading both decision makers and the public astray. A piece published in April by Forbes, covering the effects of the 2022...

  • 2017 Mazda MAZDA3
    2019 Mazda 3 to feature world-first HCCI engine for efficiency: report

    It's a technology that's been a sort of Holy Grail in the auto industry for at least a couple of decades. Now Mazda, one of the smallest global automakers, plans to introduce it in a radical new engine to be used in a future Mazda vehicle in 2019. It's called homogeneous charge compression...

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    NHTSA to review gas-mileage rules: could freeze 2021 limits, even roll back (updated)

    The U.S. Department of Transportation said yesterday the NHTSA is preparing to revise corporate average fuel economy requirements for model years 2022 through 2025. The proposed version of those regulations, which was issued by the Obama Administration in 2012, included steady increases for each of...

  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

    Not so many years ago, a 1.2-liter engine would only have been found in the U.S. in the smallest and least impressive of subcompact cars. It might have been a 3-cylinder, and certainly wouldn't have had even 100 horsepower. But times change, and engines of that size will soon be found even in the smallest of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars. DON'T MISS: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250: Gas Mileage Review Of Compact Luxury Sedan The engines won't be seen until 2019 or later in North America, and then only in the CLA compact sedan and perhaps the GLA compact hatchback utility vehicle. But as well-sourced...

  • 2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4 plug-in hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, July 2017
    2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4 review of plug-in hybrid

    The makers of the 2018 Mini Coooper S E Countryman All4, the unwieldy name for its first plug-in hybrid small crossover utility vehicle, aren't going to make any friends among electric-car fans. That's because the company has included in its marketing the notion that the car's hybrid powertrain...

  • 2018 Honda Fit
    2018 Honda Fit: new safety features, style, Sport model, smartphone connectivity added (update)

    Honda's smallest of vehicles—the Fit hatchback—has received several updates for the new model year, its fourth for the current-generation version. The 2018 Honda Fit now has incremental styling modifications, additional safety features, a new optional audio system with Android Auto and...

  • 2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sport Wagon, New York City, Jun 2014
    What AWD vehicle has the highest fuel economy?

    "I want a fuel-efficient car, but I live in a snowy area, and won't buy one without all-wheel drive; what's the best?" It's a question we hear often. Whether or not you agree that AWD is a must-have in wintry climes, the selection of cars with high fuel economy and AWD is limited. DON'T MISS: 2014...

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    How to drive Ford C-Max Hybrid for best gas mileage? Owner video explains

    Purchasing a hybrid vehicle makes for a slightly different ownership experience than a traditional gasoline-only car. There are always a few tips and tricks for owners to return the best mileage and range from electrified vehicles, and now a 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid owner has shared his secrets...

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    How much would relaxing U.S. fuel-economy rules matter? Poll results

    One of the earliest acts of the Trump Administration was to announce that it would re-examine emission rules finalized by the EPA in the waning days of the Obama Administration. Making good on that promise, EPA administrator (and climate-science denier) Scott Pruitt reopened the commenting period...

  • 2018 Toyota C-HR

    What's a truck? If you tell your average suburban family that they're hauling their kids to school and sports practices in a truck, many will push back. "It's an SUV," you'll likely hear, or perhaps, "it's called a crossover"—short for crossover utility vehicle, or a car-based SUV. DON'T MISS: Are you driving a car, a crossover, an SUV, or a truck? Do you care? (Nov 2016) What few people know, though, is that the federal government defines all of these vehicles as trucks. Specifically, "light-duty trucks" that follow similar rules to the pickup trucks that we do think of when we think...

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    Bill to give more CAFE credits to light-truck makers introduced in Congress

    Under the new administration of President Donald Trump, the EPA has reopened comments on its decision to finalize emission rules for 2022 through 2025 vehicles. Meanwhile, the NHTSA—which sets fuel-economy rules that have to correspond to EPA limits on carbon-dioxide emissions—hasn't...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid debuts at 2017 New York auto show
    Would weaker EPA rules kill advanced start-stop hybrid systems for U.S.?

    Today's political climate has made for fluid motion in regulations, and corporate average fuel economy targets haven't been left out. Suppliers and automakers have already begun investing heavily into vehicles to be sold in 2022 through 2025, which will include various fuel-saving and...

  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited, Catskill Mountains, NY, May 2017
    2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid: gas mileage review

    The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq comes in two versions: a nationally distributed hybrid-electric version, and an all-electric model that will be sold mostly in California and a handful of other states. There'll also be a plug-in hybrid version coming for 2018. We liked the Ioniq Hybrid when we first drove it...

  • 2016 Nissan Leaf SL and 2016 Toyota Prius Three, Hudson Valley, NY, Dec 2015
    Buyers in Trump-voting states reject green cars, which surge in Western states

    If you're a journalist, it's almost impossible to ignore political news these days. So if readers can resolutely avoid national and local coverage of politics, consider yourselves lucky. That said, sometimes a new political angle can make a dry story on car-buyer data more interesting than...

  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic, Finger Lakes region, NY, April 2017
    2017 Mercedes-Benz E300: gas mileage review

    The Mercedes-Benz E-Class luxury sedan is hardly viewed as green, even if it'll soon have a plug-in hybrid version offered in small numbers. But driving the most recent generation provides a nice case study of the improvement in gas mileage over three decades of updates to the core product that...

  • 2017 Hyundai Elantra IIHS crash test

    It was one of several common tropes used 10 years ago against proposed regulations to boost average fuel economy. "More efficient cars will have to be lighter-weight, and they'll be unsafe because in accidents, they'll crumple up like Kleenex." Logical conclusion: if you require higher fuel economy in cars, more people will die in crashes. DON'T MISS: BMW i3, Tesla Model S electric cars miss top IIHS safety ratings Now a new study purports to show that's not true, using data to prove it. Unfortunately, the analysis is flawed. It was never going to be true, frankly: crash safety is now so...

  • 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Feb 2016
    What's the lowest acceptable gas mileage for a compact SUV? Poll results

    We've driven a lot of compact crossover utility vehicles in recent months. It's a hot category in the new-car market, with all light trucks getting better fuel economy than in past years—and gasoline prices continuing below $3 per gallon in most of the U.S. So we wondered what readers felt...

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    Extra fuel used if 2022-2025 CAFE rules delayed would be low: here's the math

    Barbie never said "Math is hard!" The talking doll did, notoriously, say "Math class is tough!" in 1989, sparking a media firestorm over gender roles in childrens' toys and then a voluntary recall by Mattel for offended parents. Reworded, however, the point remains accurate: many people don't...

  • 2017 Kia Niro Touring, Catskill Mountains, NY, March 2017
    Six things to know about new hybrid cars (if you haven't paid much attention lately)

    For the past few years, plug-in electric cars have gotten more publicity than their small share of the market deserved. That's exactly what had happened to hybrids a decade earlier—and hybrids still outsell cars with plugs, even if they're no longer getting outsize publicity. We've been...

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    Automakers seek deal to delay EPA's 2022-2025 emission rules

    Despite some alarmist reporting, President Donald Trump hasn't abolished the EPA's vehicle emission limits. Nor has he wiped out corporate average fuel-economy rules, set by the NHTSA. So far, he's done two things: signed an executive order reopening the comment period for 2022-2025 EPA emission...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius
    Toyota Prius One: stripped-down hybrid added at lower price

    It hasn't been the greatest of years for the Toyota Prius hybrid, the Japanese carmaker's flagship product. The fourth generation hybrid hatchback debuted as a 2016 model into the teeth of continued low gasoline prices, and its radical design language apparently turned off at least some potential...

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