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U.S. Driving Surges, But Gas Consumption Hits 30-Year Low: This Fuel Economy Thing May Be Working

U.S. Driving Surges, But Gas Consumption Hits 30-Year Low: This Fuel Economy Thing May Be Working

Two curious studies have come out in recent weeks -- curious not because they're suspicious or because they contradict one another, but because they paint an intriguing picture of a changing America. ALSO SEE: Chrysler Readying Plug-In Hybrid Minivan: Would It Fit Your Needs? MILEAGE INCREASING The... read more

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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... read more February 19, 2015 by 


 
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... read more February 4, 2015 by 


 
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... read more January 22, 2015 by 


 
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... read more January 16, 2015 by 


 
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... read more December 31, 2014 by 


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

How Do Electric Cars Get Cleaner With The New Year?

If you’re buying a new gasoline vehicle, you’d best be happy with its emissions and efficiency today. Because as the vehicle ages, it’s not going to get... read more December 28, 2014 by 


 
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... read more November 21, 2014 by 


 
Gas pump

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... read more October 20, 2014 by 


 
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... read more October 13, 2014 by 


 
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... read more September 5, 2014 by 


 
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... read more August 12, 2014 by 


 
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... read more July 3, 2014 by 


 
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... read more June 26, 2014 by 


 
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... read more June 12, 2014 by 


 
Average fuel economy of U.S. vehicles sold through March 2014 (via UMTRI)

Gas Mileage Climbing, But Does America Care?

Last month, the average fuel economy of new cars sold in the U.S. hit another all-time high, reaching 25.4 mpg. But do Americans really care? The fuel-economy data comes from... read more April 4, 2014 by 


 

 
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