Tag: fuel economy


With public demand for small fuel-sippers at an all-time high, carmakers have devoted extra attention to compact cars, delivering improvements to every aspects of the driving experience for value shoppers. The best modern compacts deliver superior fuel economy thanks to Read more…


The late 1990s and early 2000s were the “Super-Size me” era for family vehicles.  Consumers flocked to large SUVs en masse, and carmakers responded with offerings that got bigger and heavier with each passing year. In recent years though, the Read more…


Volkswagen unveiled the latest updates to its popular VW Jetta line at this year’s New York International Auto Show.  The car will get a few minor styling tweaks, but what interests us are the improvements under the hood—where fuel efficiency Read more…


Car buyers looking for great fuel efficiency don’t need to sacrifice cargo room, performance or high-riding road manners.  Here are five reasons why: Toyota RAV4 EV (76 MPGe) Tesla Motors, maker of the outrageously cool Model S electric sedan, developed Read more…


Yesterday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized emission standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution and in turn prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses related to respiratory ailments. Based on extensive input from the Read more…


When the President took office, the fuel efficiency standards for our cars had been stuck at 27.5 miles per gallon for twenty years – two decades of lost time when it comes to developing new technologies that can get more Read more…


Perhaps the most talked about vehicle to come out of this year’s international auto show season is the redesigned Ford F-150. For 2015, Ford will bring dramatic efficiency improvements to its best-selling line of pick-ups—the most important of which will Read more…


In 2012 it seemed that every week a U.S. company with electric vehicle technology was announcing a China deal. That flood slowed to a steady stream in 2013 as Chinese companies and investors waited to see what technologies the government Read more…


The 2014 Mazda 6 is a stunner. Now that we’re past that, consider this: The car won Popular Mechanics’ Car of the Year and the Red Dot Design Award. Yeah, it’s that good. It’s an efficient car too. On a Read more…


The fuel economy of the average new vehicle sold in the United States rose last month to 24.8 miles per gallon, representing a 20-percent increase compared to five years ago. According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)—which Read more…


Ford will debut a stop-start option on all of its highest volume vehicles. That’s the word from the unveiling of the new Ford Edge concept (see picture) at the 2013 LA Auto Show last month. Stop-start systems automatically shut off Read more…


Though dozens of hybrid models are available for sale in the United States, the vast majority are sedans. Still, there are a handful of options for consumers in search of both fuel economy and passenger and cargo room. Based on Read more…


Picture yourself back in 1995 for a moment. Besides questionable music and fashion choices, we were at the start of some troubling trends in energy. The fuel economy of our cars and trucks had flatlined for five years, and they Read more…


General Motors CEO Dan Akerson recently claimed that his company plans “to compete head-to-head” with Tesla Motors on plug-in electric vehicles. Given the current lineup of products offered by both companies, that’s a little hard to envision. Tesla makes high-end, Read more…

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