Fuel Economy

2018 Hyundai Kona rated at 30 mpg–with a catch
2018 Hyundai Kona rated at 30 mpg–with a catch

The 2018 Hyundai Kona's outlandish styling isn't the only thing likely to grab buyers' attention when it goes on sale in the next few months. The EPA rates front-wheel-drive versions of the quirky, pint-size crossover at 30 mpg combined, but there's a big fuel-economy hit for the Kona's optional...Read More»

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GM: Sticking Rudolf's nose on your car hurts fuel economy

Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer may be perfectly suited to guiding sleighs in inclement weather, but if you played Santa: The Home Game this year, the chances are the little guy took some of the edge off of your fuel economy. That’s according to GM, which tested a GMC Terrain in a wind tunnel...Read More»

Coal power plant in China
China halts production of 500-plus gas-guzzling cars

China’s Vehicle Technology Service Center has announced a large-scale stop-sale of various gas guzzling cars, including some that are effective January 1st. The move is part of the Chinese government’s ongoing efforts to curb pollution and promote electric vehicles. All told, carmakers...Read More»

2018 Jeep Wrangler
Redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler to boast improved fuel economy

The all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler may still have boxy styling that flashes back to World War II, but its fuel economy will improve substantially. Roadshow dug up the 2018 Wrangler's fuel economy figures, which were posted to the EPA's website. The figures released for the Wrangler with a 3.6-liter V-6...Read More»

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt  [photo from 2014]
What if the EPA dialed back emissions rules, but only on trucks?

Back in March, Donald Trump authorized a review of current U.S. emissions regulations. Those regulations cover vehicles through the 2025 model year and were hastily finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency in the days leading up to Trump's inauguration. The review alarmed environmental...Read More»

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Automakers push for brokered fuel-economy deal

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misstated a position by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which is a lobbyist for automakers. The AAM supports increased fuel economy regulations, but added that the changes should be agreed upon after a mid-term review of the regulations...Read More»

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Report: 288,000 U.S. jobs could be affected if EPA efficiency rules change

In March, U.S. president Donald Trump authorized a review of a controversial decision made by the Environmental Protection Agency during the final days of the Obama administration. The decision tightened emissions regulations for U.S. automobiles through model year 2025. Environmental groups have...Read More»

On-Road Fuel Economy of Vehicles in the United States: 1923-2015 (Sivak and Schoettle)
Average fuel economy still terrible after 92 years

The past century has brought an onslaught of innovation. Don't believe it? Try to imagine modern life without television, the internet, microwaves, or social media. But despite those and other technological advances, one thing hasn't changed too much: the distance that cars can travel on one gallon...Read More»

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18 car companies petition Trump team to review EPA's efficiency rules

Just before Donald Trump was sworn into office, the Environmental Protection Agency did something a little unusual. It finalized emissions rules for U.S. vehicles through the 2025 model-year, and it did so much faster than expected. Now, 18 car companies are asking Trump and his team to review and...Read More»

2017 Ford GT in the wind tunnel
10 ways new gas-mileage standards will reshape what Americans drive

Gas may be less than two bucks a gallon right now, but that doesn't mean that automakers aren't working hard to make cars use less fuel. Through 2025, U.S. fuel-economy regulations get increasing stiffer, requiring automakers to get to a fleet-wide average above 40 mpg combined on the window...Read More»

Gina McCarthy, nominee for Environmental Protection Agency administrator
EPA sticks to its guns, keeps 2025 emissions goals

No doubt about it: 2016 has been the Year of WTF. The latest proof comes in the form of an announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency that it plans to maintain its current auto emissions goals for 2025. That wasn't what most observers expected. Then again, there may be more to this than...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre-production vehicles at Orion Township Assembly Plant, March 2016
What will the auto industry look like under Trump?

New presidents bring new advisors, new staff, and of course, a host of new policies and priorities. That's true even if the new guy and the old guy belong to the same political party; when they come from different parties, as Trump and Obama do, the changes can be much more dramatic. ALSO SEE: 2018...Read More»

Kenworth big rig (photo by Raymond Clarke Images via Flickr)
New federal big-rig standards promise to cut emissions by 25%, save owners $170 billion

There's been plenty of talk about the Environmental Protection Agency and its ambitious fuel economy goals for 2025. But those standards only apply to light-duty passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs: what about tractor trailers and other heavy-duty vehicles, which use billions of gallons of gasoline...Read More»

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Study: Nearly 4 out of 5 American support higher fuel economy rules

For the past month or so, the Environmental Protection Agency has been making headlines over its proposal to lower the fuel economy standards it had set for 2025. The EPA won't sign off on any changes to its plan until 2018, though, and in the meantime, at least one group is pushing it to...Read More»

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Mitsubishi: Fuel economy fibs blamed on company-wide problems

Mitsubishi has been in the headlines for the past several months due to decades of falsified fuel economy stats. The automaker recently funded an investigation to uncover the root of the problem, and it appears that the problem is the company itself. All of it. No stranger to scandals, Mitsubishi's...Read More»

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EPA lowers 54.5 mpg goal: technology is there, but shoppers aren't interested

If you're a fan of eco-friendly cars, we have good news, bad news, and good news. The good news is, a new report says that automakers already have the technology they need to achieve the Environmental Protection Agency's bold fuel economy goals for 2025. Issued in 2011, those goals aim for...Read More»

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Automakers want to dial down EPA's 2025 goals, but energy advocates & consumers push back

In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled bold, new fuel economy standards for the year 2025. With less than a decade to go before that deadline, automakers are now asking the EPA to lower the high bar it's set, but energy advocates and the general public have urged the agency to stay...Read More»

2016 GMC Acadia
GM offering gift cards to make up for MPG errors, but do the problems run deeper?

Two weeks ago, General Motors ordered dealers to stop selling the 2016 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia until it could replace EPA stickers that overstated the SUVs' fuel economy. Last week, reports began to emerge that GM was planning to compensate 170,000 or so consumers who'd...Read More»

Tetsuro Aikawa (YouTube screencap)
Mitsubishi president steps down

In news that's sure to surprise absolutely no one, Mitsubishi's president and COO, Tetsuro Aikawa, has announced his resignation. Accompanying him on his walk of shame is executive vice president Ryugo Nakao. The announcement was made via press release and at a news conference held today in Japan...Read More»

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