Fuel Economy

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»

2015 Ford Edge
Six Points: Twin-Scroll Turbo Tech In The 2015 Ford Edge

The 2015 Ford Edge, for which we posted our first driving impressions this past week, has been fully redesigned to fit right in with Ford’s latest lineup of cars and crossovers, and reengineered to have a far more refined yet responsive freel from the driver’s seat. Two of the three...Read More»

Gas pump
Americans Are Pretty Sure That Gas Prices Are On Their Way Up

As we mentioned yesterday, fuel prices have tumbled in recent months, but never fear: they're already on the way back up. According to a poll conducted by the Consumer Federation of America, a consumer advocacy group, most Americans think that gas prices will keep on climbing for the next several...Read More»

Clunkers
Gas-Guzzlers Are On The Road To Extinction

Once upon a time, it was common to find new cars with fuel economy ratings of just 12 or 15 miles per gallon. According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, though, those vehicles are much, much harder to come by today. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle explain that as...Read More»

2016 Acura MDX
2016 Acura MDX Adds Nine-Speed Automatic, More Safety-Tech Features

It’s been barely two years since Acura made its MDX mid-size crossover a little more sport-wagon influenced, with a warmer, more refined cabin and a much-upgraded active-safety and technology feature set. Now for 2016, with a model that arrives to dealerships beginning this week, the MDX gets...Read More»

2015 Hyundai Genesis IIHS Top Safety Pick+
The Safest Cars, 2016 Honda Pilot, Bentley SUV: The Week In Reverse

Safety is no longer a back-burner priority for new-car shoppers. Across most types of vehicle shoppers, it’s one of the top concerns. Some vehicles simply don’t make the cut in occupant safety. This week, The Car Connection examined the field of new 2015 models to recommend the safest...Read More»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
Hyundai & Kia Fined $360 Million For Faulty MPG Claims (None Of Which Will Fund Electric Cars)

Hyundai and Kia have agreed to a massive $360 million fine, following a two-year-long investigation of the Korean automakers by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Added to the $395 million that Hyundai and Kia have paid to vehicle owners, the companies will have forked over $755 million for...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»

BMW turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine
Report: By 2017, Fewer Than Half Of U.S. Cars Will Run On Conventional Gasoline Engines

If we've learned anything from the rosy, sci-fi predictions that emerged from the Space Race of the mid-20th-century, it's that human beings can be very optimistic when thinking about their future. Decades after The Jetsons forecast flying cars and 2001: A Space Odyssey promised interplanetary...Read More»

2015 Ford F-150
2015 Ford F-150: Top Full-Size Truck Gas Mileage—Not Counting Diesel

Ford has at last released official EPA fuel economy ratings for its radically redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 pickups, which begin arriving at dealerships this month. The F-150 now has the highest fuel economy ratings—by a smidge—of any full-size gasoline-powered pickup on the U.S. market...Read More»

2012 Kia Soul
Hyundai And Kia Fined $300M For Overstating MPG

The federal government has announced that Hyundai Motor and subsidiary Kia Motors will pay $300 million altogether in penalties over fuel economy numbers that were overstated on about 1.2 million vehicles. Of that amount, $100 million will be paid in civil fines, while the companies will forfeit...Read More»

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Advocacy Group Says That Fuel Economy Is America's #1 Criteria When Shopping For A New Car

When you're looking for a new car, there are lots of factors to consider: how the car looks, how comfortable the ride is, its high-tech amenities, the number of cup-holders. But according to a new study from the American Chemistry Council, the thing at the top of most shopper's must-have list is...Read More»

Fuel gauge
EPA Says U.S. Is On-Track To Meet 2025 Fuel Economy Goals, Despite Slow Start

In 2011, the federal government unveiled fuel economy standards for the year 2025, setting a fleet-wide goal of 54.5 mpg for all automakers selling vehicles in the U.S. According to Auto News, the Environmental Protection Agency says that car companies are on-track to meet those goals, despite a...Read More»

Average fuel-economy rating of purchased new vehicles (via UMTRI)
New Vehicle Fuel Economy Hits 25.8 MPG In August, Another All-Time High

In October 2007, when the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute began tracking the fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S., it stood at 20.1 mpg. As of last month, the figure had reached 25.8 mpg, and it's possible that as newer, more fuel-efficient 2015 models roll out, we...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Issues $55 Million Apology For Overstating Fuel Economy On The South Korean Santa Fe

In the fall of 2012, Hyundai and its sibling, Kia, were making headlines (not the good kind). Numerous Hyundai and Kia owners in the U.S. had written to the Environmental Protection Agency, complaining that their vehicles' fuel economy wasn't as good as Hyundai and Kia had promised. The EPA...Read More»

Calle de Alcalá in Madrid, Spain (photo by Antonio García Rodríguez)
In Madrid, You'll Pay More For Parking If You Drive A Gas-Guzzler

Tuesday marked the beginning of a new chapter in the long history of Madrid. The big change had nothing to do with freshly built schools or hydroponic gardens or high-end gastropubs and everything to do with parking meters. READ: We Asked, Now NHTSA Asks: What's Taking So Long For The Jeep Grand...Read More»

Chrysler Engine Stop-Start (ESS) technology  -  slated for 2015 Jeep Cherokee
Fuel-Saving Stop-Start System For 2015 Chrysler, Jeep Models: Details

Chrysler has announced that it will be fitting fuel-saving Engine Stop-Start (ESS) technology to several mainstream models for 2015—and we've gleaned a few more details on exactly how it'll take form. From the start of the 2015 model year, all Jeep Cherokee V-6 models will include ESS;...Read More»

2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco
2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco Gets 38 MPG Highway

The redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata made a big splash when it debuted at the New York Auto Show, but Hyundai didn’t reveal all of its cards for its newest entry to the highly competitive mid-size sedan segment. We know a new Sonata Hybrid will be showing up at some point, but even before that...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid
Ford Admits To MPG Blunder, Downgrades Fuel Economy For Six Models

Ford Motor Co. [NYSE: F] has caught an error in its calculations for EPA fuel economy for several of its small-car, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid models, and it's moving to correct that not just on window stickers, but financially, with owners of the approximately 200,000 affected vehicles. The issue...Read More»

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