Fuel Efficiency

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

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Gas Is Cheaper Than It Was A Year Ago: Are We Out Of The Woods?

In America today, the average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gas is $3.84. Last year at this time, it was $3.86. And the difference in those prices could be worth more than just two cents. According to BusinessWeek, the last time Americans saw a dip in year-over-year gas prices was in 2009 --...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco
New Car Shoppers More Affected By Rising Gas Prices (What They Buy)

Stretching the family budget has never seemed more challenging, that is, if you’re trying to allocate what’s coming in to accommodate everything going out. Factor in costs for lodging, utilities, food, clothing, educational expenses and some other necessities, and there’s not much...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»

2013 Mazda CX-5 crossover
2013 Mazda CX-5 Compact SUV Gets EPA-Rated 35 MPG Hwy

Mazda just received some welcome news, in the form of an EPA-rated 35 mpg highway fuel economy numbers for its redesigned 2013 CX-5 compact crossover SUV. As our sister publication GreenCarReports points out (via Autoblog), this is higher than Mazda itself predicted back in November. And it’s...Read More»

Dan Akerson, GM CEO as of September 1, 2010
GM Says New Fuel Rules Are A Big Win For U.S. Automakers

On Wednesday, the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency announced new fuel-economy rules for vehicles manufactured during the 2017 - 2025 model years. While those regulations will invariably lead to higher car prices for consumers -- around $950 at a minimum -- the...Read More»

Old Gas Pumps
Higher Fuel Standards For 2025 Coming Today: What They Mean For You

By the year 2025, cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. will have to earn a combined city/highway rating of 54.5 miles per gallon. That's according to new fuel economy regulations set forward by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, which the Detroit Free Press...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Equinox
2014 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain Getting Eco eAssist Hybrid System?

Families looking for a high-mileage compact crossover from Chevy or GMC may be in luck if reports prove true that the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain will receive the mild-hybrid system called “eAssist” in the 2012 Buick LaCrosse and Regal and “Eco” in the 2013...Read More»

2012 Lincoln Navigator
2012 Lincoln Navigator Luxury Family SUV Reportedly To Get EcoBoost V-6 Engine

Although the expected redesign of the Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition for the 2012 model year has been pushed off for a bit, there’s still good news for the seven-passenger Navigator luxury family SUV for 2012. Along with a mild refresh, or facelift, as it’s often called, the...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Confirmed For 2013: GM CEO Akerson

It's as good as official: Chevrolet will build a diesel version of the Cruze for the U.S., to go on sale in 2013. The word comes straight from General Motors CEO Dan Akerson in an interview with USA Today. Speculation and rumors of a Cruze diesel have circulated for most of 2011, but today's...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
Which 40-MPG Car Is In Your Future? #YouTellUs

It's no real secret that 40 is the new 30, when talking about fuel efficiency that is. Most automakers are jumping onto the 40-mpg bandwagon faster than you can you can say "fuel efficient." With so many options, how do you choose? Not only are there many options in the 40-mpg segment, but many...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
Report: Gas Prices Down, As Are Prices On Small Cars, Hybrids

Oh, what a short memory vehicle shoppers seem to have with respect to high gas prices. While national-average pump prices surged into May, to a national average peak of about $3.98—topping off 20 consecutive weeks of price gains—they've since started to settle downward to about $3.71...Read More»

U.S.-spec 2012 Fiat 500c
Report: In Small Cars And EVs, Smaller Tires Could Save Fuel

With signs that minicars might finally be taking off in the U.S.—signaled by the arrival of models like the Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, Scion iQ, and a host of potential ones—it could be time to give smaller wheels a new chance. Why? Because, Motor Trend reports, a new generation of...Read More»

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, road test, Spring 2011
2012 Honda Civic Ultimate Guide: Reviews, Gas Mileage, Videos

While the launch of the all-new 2012 Honda Civic was slowed somewhat by the after-effects of the Feburary earthquake and tsunami in Japan, 2012 model cars are now in dealerships. Gas mileage has gone up pretty much across the board, with the lowest figures of 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 25 mpg...Read More»

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