Fuel Efficiency

2012 Ford Focus: 40 MPG Expected From Stronger Base Engine
2012 Ford Focus: 40 MPG Expected From Stronger Base Engine

Ford has announced a few more details regarding the standard four-cylinder engine that will be under the hood of most, if not all, 2012 Ford Focus models. And there's truly something for everyone; the new engine has more power, is smoother, and goes farther on a gallon of gas than the engine it...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150 XL
2011 Ford F-150: New V-6 Gets Top Highway Rating Of 23 MPG

Ford Motor Co. [NYSE:F] has revealed fuel economy figures for most of its 2011 F-150 lineup, all pending final EPA approval. And while the numbers aren't yet out for the much-anticipated EcoBoost V-6 version, Ford is claiming a best-in-class 23 mpg highway for both its 3.7-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter...Read More»

Glass of Water  -  Toyota Sweden iPhone app
With A Glass Of Water, Save Ten Percent On Your Fuel Budget

Getting leadfoots to improve gas mileage can be a challenge, and we've heard plenty of novel techniques over the years. "Drive like there's an egg between your foot and the accelerator," is probably the most common. But here's a new one: Drive like there's a glass of water on the dash. And to...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 Porsche Panamera V-6
2011 Porsche Panamera, Cayenne: Greener With Auto Start Stop

When you're sitting at a stoplight or stuck in traffic—and you're lucky enough to be behind the wheel of a new 2010 Porsche Panamera or 2011 Porsche Cayenne—you might notice the engine ever so smoothly shut off. Yes, it's supposed to do that; the feature is called Auto Start Stop. But unless...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»

Toyota Prius gas cap
Why A Gas Price Spike Could Hit Some States Harder Than Others

A surge to $4-a-gallon gas could affect drivers, and local economies, in much more severe ways in Mississippi or Louisiana than in New York or Connecticut. That's one of the results of a new analysis from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which crunches the numbers to point out how much...Read More»

2010 Hummer H3
HUMMER News: H3 Deemed Fuel-Efficient, H1-Spawning Humvee Dies

We haven't heard a lot about HUMMER lately. The closing of its sale to Chinese firm Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery has been delayed several times, vehicle sales have fallen, and U.S. production of its H3 is at a halt though it has announced 2010 updates. So we thought a couple of...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta sedan
Gas Prices Are Up…But Small-Car And Hybrid Interest Down?

A continued rise in fuel prices means that people migrate to smaller vehicles and those that get higher fuel economy. Right? Well that's what common sense might lead us to think, but the Fuel Price Impact Survey from the Tustin, California-based market-research firm AutoPacific shows otherwise. The...Read More»

2010 Ford Edge SE
2010 Chicago Auto Show Preview: 2011 Ford Edge Gets EcoBoost

Ford is on a roll lately, having unveiled its 2011 Fiesta subcompact and 2012 Focus compact. Now the company turns to refreshing its Edge five-seat crossover, both improving its gas mileage and adding its well-received MyFord Touch instrument panel and switch system. The new 2011 Ford Edge is...Read More»

Teaser for Louisiana's new VVC plant
V-Vehicle Is Vying For $320 Million In DOE Loans

In June of last year, the Department of Energy announced $8 billion of low-interest loans for automakers in the first round of funding from its $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program. Of that total, $5.9 billion went to Ford, $1.6 billion went to Nissan, and $465 million...Read More»

Hybrid parking spot, by Flickr user rscottjones
2009's Best Green Posts: Urine! Muslims & Ethanol! Prius Perks!

G'wan, admit it. We say, "green car". You think, "Ugh, Toyota Prius," and look away. Oh, but there's so much more! And so much of it is just so darn ... weird. Consider, for example, the 10 most popular posts last year on our sister site GreenCarReports.com. The list includes a piece entitled...Read More»

GasCubby iPhone app by AppCubby
Today In Apps: Honeywell's Sponsored Version Of 'GasCubby'

There are so many free apps available on iTunes that iPhone/iPod Touch users can be averse to paying for them. No doubt that's inhibited the growth of AppCubby's handy-dandy GasCubby application, which keeps track of mileage and car maintenance at a cost of $6.99. However, consumer products...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe rendering
2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe (Formerly Known As The CL)

Major automakers spend a lot of time and energy developing product lines to fit every nook and cranny of their client base. Nowhere is that more evident than at Mercedes-Benz, where the nomenclature shell game is expected to transform the beloved CL into the new S-Class Coupe for the 2011 model...Read More»

2010 Buick LaCrosse 4-door Sedan CX 3.0L Engine
2010 Buick LaCrosse Four-Cylinder Coming Soon, With 30 MPG

Seems like smaller engines are all the rage. Just today, we’ve covered new smaller engines to be offered in the 2010 Toyota 4Runner and 2010 BMW 7-Series. And, as we’ve previously reported, General Motors will begin offering a base four-cylinder version of the 2010 Buick LaCrosse. Today GM...Read More»

2010 Toyota 4Runner SR5
Toyota Not Planning On Many Takers For 4-Cylinder 4Runner

Toyota is bringing an economical new four-cylinder engine back to the base SR5 version of its fully redesigned 2010 4Runner. But as we recently discovered, this doesn’t significantly improve fuel economy for this body-on-frame ute. Instead though, it appears to enable Toyota to offer a...Read More»

2008 Honda Civic Hybrid 4-door Sedan Angular Rear Exterior View
Honda Settles Lawsuit, Offers Vouchers To Civic Hybrid Owners

So, it turns out that 2003 - 08 Honda Civic Hybrids may not actually return 49/51 mpg. In fact, owners claim that the vehicles earn an average of 31 mpg -- and they sued. Without admitting wrongdoing, Honda has now settled with plaintiffs, offering them either (a) a $1000 voucher toward the...Read More»

Cash for Clunkers banner with Mercury Sable, Albany, New York
Clunkers Results: CA, DC See Most Benefit; LA, MI See Least

Drivers in California and Washington, D.C. realized the most benefit from last summer's Cash-for-Clunkers program, using federal incentives to purchase vehicles that averaged 10.4 miles per gallon better than their old ones. At the other end of the scale, folks in Louisiana saw the least...Read More»

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