Fuel Economy

How Are You Going Green? Study Suggests 25% Of Drivers Want Hybrids
How Are You Going Green? Study Suggests 25% Of Drivers Want Hybrids

Pretend for a moment that you're walking down the street, minding your own business, when a stranger approaches and offers you $1,000 cash. The money is yours for the taking -- no questions asked, no illicit activities involved -- but you have to spend it on energy savings. What would you do with...Read More»

Fuel economy of new vehicles, October 2007 - August 2012 (from UMTRI)
Average Fuel Economy Ticks Up Again In August: Coincidence?

Earlier this year, the average fuel economy of new cars sold in America hit a record high of 24.1 mpg. That was in March, when many analysts though that gas prices were preparing to cross the $5-per-gallon mark. Then, gas prices relented. Oil values plummeted. The rhetoric around Iran and the...Read More»

2013 Honda Accord sedan
2013 Honda Accord: At 34 MPG, Would You Rather Have A V-6?

V-6 engines aren't exactly headed for extinction yet, but they're becoming increasingly rare in today's market—especially if you're shopping for a mid-size sedan like the 2013 Honda Accord. A couple of years ago, when Hyundai went to an all four-cylinder-engine lineup for its mid-size (or...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Spark minicar
Car Sales May Jump 18.7% Due To Demand For Fuel Efficiency

New car sales have been breaking records in 2012, and there's little sign of that changing in August. In fact, analysts at Kelley Blue Book expect that this month's figures could ring in 18.7% above last year, putting U.S. dealers on track for seasonally adjusted annual sales of 14.4 million...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Sued Over Elantra 40-MPG Ad Claims

With gas mileage a much higher new-car purchase consideration these days, it isn’t surprising to see yet another lawsuit filed over purportedly misleading advertising on the part of car companies. A new lawsuit, according to an article by Reuters, is alleging that Hyundai misrepresented the...Read More»

Fuel gauge
Average Fuel Economy Of New Cars Slips In June

Back in March, the average fuel economy of new cars sold in America hit an all-time high of 24.1 mpg -- the first time that figure had ever crossed the 24 mpg mark. Since reaching that point, however, fuel economy has been steadily drifting downward. According to Detroit News, it did so again last...Read More»

2013 Ford Taurus Limited  -  First Drive, 3/2012
2013 Ford Taurus EcoBoost: Full-Size Goes Four-Cylinder

Big changes are coming in the full-size sedan category. And with EPA fuel economy numbers now in for the 2013 Ford Taurus with the base 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, certified at 32 mpg highway, 26 mpg combined, the race is on. Without a hybrid system, Ford is delivering some pretty...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster: Six-Month Road Test
Six Month Road Test Hyundai Veloster: A Real-World 40 MPG?

As the odometer on our 2012 Hyundai Veloster has been nearing the 1,500-mile mark, we've noticed the gas mileage getting better, especially the last tank or so—an indication that the engine is broken-in. Yes, the dealership might not have informed you of this, but vehicles don't get their...Read More»

2012 Scion iQ  -  Driven, April 2012
2012 Scion iQ: Driven

In our first drive of the 2012 Scion iQ, last summer, we were pleasantly surprised—almost smitten—with this new minicar (sold as a Toyota in other world markets), and impressed that such a daring product is coming to the U.S. Compared to the Smart Fortwo, which is really the only other...Read More»

2013 Kia Rio 5-door
2013 Kia Rio: Green Light For Fuel-Saving Stop-Start Option

The 2012 Kia Rio and 2012 Kia Soul models had been poised to be eco-tech trailblazers, as the first affordable mass-market models in the U.S. to offer stop-start, which smartly shuts down the engine when it would otherwise be needlessly idling and automatically (and quickly) restarts it. But plans...Read More»

Overweight driver buckling seatbelt
Obesity Costs America $4 Billion Per Year At The Pump

Now is the time when many Americans look up from their laptops and start thinking seriously about summer vacations. Now is also the time when many of us look down and realize that the laps on which those laptops sit aren't as flat as they used to be. We've picked up a few pounds over the winter --...Read More»

2013 Ford Escape
2013 Ford Escape Sets Crossover Pace At 33 MPG Hwy

There’s good news for consumers in the market for a fuel-efficient small crossover. The all-new for 2013 Ford Escape, when equipped with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine and automatic transmission, has been certified by the EPA at 33 mpg in highway driving. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost is a direct...Read More»

2013 Ford Escape
2013 Ford Escape Driven, 2014 Chevy Corvette, Lamborghini SUV: Car News Headlines

Today at High Gear Media, GM priced its bi-fuel pickup trucks and trademarked the SS nameplate. MINI introduced two new models and the explosion at GM's battery laboratory might cost $5 million. All this and more in today's car news, right here on The Car Connection. We drove the 2013 Ford Escape...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus Electric
Be Honest: Is Fuel Economy A Big Deal?

Yesterday, our colleagues at Green Car Reports cited a study from AutoPacific that said car shoppers weren't swayed by high gas prices. In fact, 42% of those surveyed said they wouldn't change the kind of vehicle they drive, even if gas hit $10 a gallon. Today, Kelley Blue Book released its own...Read More»

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Fuel Economy Hits All-Time High

Earlier this year, we told you that the average fuel economy for new vehicles sold in the U.S. had hit a record high of 22.9 mpg. Now, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, fuel economy has crept up again and crossed the 24 mpg mark. The data comes from UMTRI...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion: Fuel-Saving Start-Stop System Priced At $295

If you've ever driven a hybrid, you're likely familiar with the idea: You're sitting at a stoplight, with your foot on the brake pedal, and the engine simply turns off. When you lift off the brake, or when needed, it starts back up, almost seamlessly. Now that fuel-saving concept, called engine...Read More»

AutoTrader's New Car Insights Report, January 2012
Buick Verano, Subaru Impreza Turn Heads As Gas Prices Rise

Gas prices are on the rise, and some analysts predict that U.S. drivers will pay $5 a gallon by summer. According to AutoTrader's New Car Insights Report, that's giving shoppers a big reason to look at smaller, fuel-efficient cars. AutoTrader tracks consumer shopping behavior on its sales site...Read More»

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Average Fuel Economy Of New Cars Sold Hits An All-Time High

Gas prices are going up, up, up, and since the stuff only gets more expensive during warmer months, we doubt prices will slide anytime soon. That may help explain why shoppers are leaning toward more fuel-efficient rides and why the average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in January hit an...Read More»

54.5 MPG CAFE standard for 2025
Consumer Organizations Back 54.5-MPG Standard For 2025 Vehicles

Will the EPA's proposed 54.5-mile-per-gallon fuel economy standards, in the works for 2017 through 2025, end up costing consumers more? Or limiting their choice? Two of the largest consumer organizations, Consumers Union and the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), insist that the answer to both...Read More»

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