• Will you use less fuel during engine braking or simply by coasting?

    The way a driver operates a car can produce very different fuel-economy numbers, and when driving downhill, two notable techniques come into play. The first is leaving the car in gear and using so-called engine braking to provide at least some deceleration. But many believe putting a car in neutral uses less fuel, followed by use of the brakes to slow as needed. Is one way more efficient than the other? There's an explanation, but it depends on the particular driving situation. DON'T MISS: Hyper-ranging: Nissan Leaf Owners Take on Mileage Challenge Most of the time in normal driving...

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    2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Gas Mileage: Real-World 40 MPG-Plus Possible, Owners Say

    The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is unusual among the latest breed of gas-sipping small cars. There are no fancy tricks employed to hit its 37-40 mpg combined EPA ratings, no turbochargers or hybrid systems. It's simply small, light, aerodynamic and uncomplicated. Those qualities are also allowing...

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    If College Kids Can Get 1000 MPG, Why Can't You?

    Many green car enthusiasts love a hypermiling challenge. They'll eagerly drive in the slow lane, forego air-conditioning, and take different routes to and from work to make the most of downhill traffic, just to boost fuel economy by a couple of miles per gallon. But as hard as those folks try...

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    Volkswagen Passat TDI Aims For 68 MPG On U.S. Road Trip

    Volkswagen's 2013 Passat TDI is the most efficient diesel vehicle currently on sale. Its EPA-rated figures of 31 mpg city, 43 highway and 35 combined put it above a throng of other Volkswagen-Audi diesels, and make it a prime choice for frugal highway driving. But is 68 mpg within reach? If you're...

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    Aussie Hypermiling Couple Hit 64mpg In 2011 Chevy Cruze Eco

    You might remember a few weeks ago we brought you news of Australian couple John and Helen Taylor. Rather than enjoying the usual trappings of tourism, the Taylors wanted to break their own 48-U.S.-state hypermiling record, previously set in a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI at 67 mpg over 9,505 miles...

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    Australian Couple Hopes To Break U.S. Hypermiling Record

    John and Helen Taylor are driving across the lower 48 United States in a Chevy Cruze Eco, hoping to beat their previous hypermiling record set in a Volkswagen Jetta TDI.

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    Sure, it'd be nice to have a brand-new, more fuel-efficient vehicle. But not everyone is able to buy one of the growing number of new cars with at least 40 mpg highway mileage. So here are our tips for getting better mileage out of whatever vehicles are in your driveway right now, today, from hybrids to HUMMERs. (1) Lighten up, leadfoot! It's often rewarding to beat the guy next to you away from the stoplight. Unfortunately, wide-open throttle burns way more gasoline to get you to the same speed than gentle, steady acceleration. It's old advice, but it really does save you wasting a lot of...

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