Efficiency

EPA May Soften 2025 Fuel Economy Standards To Let Americans Keep Their Trucks & SUVs
EPA May Soften 2025 Fuel Economy Standards To Let Americans Keep Their Trucks & SUVs

Four years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a plan to boost fuel economy dramatically by the year 2025. Though things aren't progressing as quickly as some had hoped, a few months ago, the EPA insisted that automakers can still achieve a 54.5 mpg fleet-wide fuel economy within ten...Read More»

Gas Pumps
Despite Low Gas Prices, MPGs Remain Car Shoppers' #1 Criteria Says J.D. Power

If you've been near a gas pump in the past several weeks, you may have felt like Rip van Winkle: disoriented, confused, and wondering if the past several years have all been a dream. That's because the average cost of a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline is now $2.08 -- a low that Americans...Read More»

Nissan Leaf Carwings feature
Nissan Makes Range-Anxiety Fun With 'Carwings' For The 2011 Leaf

If Farmville has taught us anything -- and sadly, it's taught us plenty -- it's that people will carry out even the most repetitive, mundane chores as long as there's a shiny gold trophy waiting down the line. Now, Nissan has taken that same principle and applied it to a spiffy in-dash system for...Read More»

DriveGain app for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
Who Needs EcoGuide When You've Got DriveGain On Your iPhone?

If you're serious about fuel efficiency, there are plenty of tools to help you wring more mileage out of the gas tank -- or the battery, if you swing that way. Some come standard, like the power display found on the Toyota Prius. Others are a little fancier, like the SmartGauge-EcoGuide combo on...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
Blue Oval Gets A Little Greener

We talk a lot about green rides here at TCC -- in fact, the HighGearMedia family boasts several sites that rank eco-friendliness among their top priorities. But as interested as consumers may be in hybrids and EVs and fuel-economy, many also want to see that the companies themselves are operating...Read More»

winter tire
Frugal Shopper: Energy-Saving Tires Could Save You $100 Per Year

The next time you need a new set of tires, consider this: Energy-saving low-rolling-resistance tires now cost about the same as other tires, and they could save you a lot in fuel expenses over the long run. That, and in many cases, they don't compromise performance. It wasn't always this way. In...Read More»

2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i five-door
ESP: An Essential Feature For New Cars

It's got nothing to do with supernatural Extra Sensory Perception, though cars equipped with ESP can help you avoid the afterlife. If your car is fitted with an Electronic Stability Programme, you could be one of the lucky drivers who are 25 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal accident...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
German Luxury Brands Face Uncertain Future In U.S.

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, new fuel efficiency and emissions regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation could have a serious impact on gas-guzzling luxury vehicles. If approved as they stand in draft form, the regulations provide very...Read More»

Sample auto analysis from FuelClinic.com
FuelClinic.com Wants To Make Your Guzzler Greener

Sure, we'd all love to get a few more miles to the gallon, but not everyone can afford to run out and buy a newer, greener vehicle -- nor would everyone want to. Now, some folks are saying that they can boost the fuel efficiency of your current car or truck by 10% - 20%. For free. All you have to...Read More»

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