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Fuel Economy

US Sen. Schumer proposes up to $5,000 cash back to trade in old gas cars for electric cars
US Sen. Schumer proposes up to $5,000 cash back to trade in old gas cars for electric cars

New car buyers could get up to $5,000 cash or more to trade in old gas cars for plug-in hybrid, electric, or fuel-cell vehicles, according to an ambitious proposal by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer. In an op-ed published late Thursday in The New York Times, the top Senate Democrat from New York proposed a...Read More»

2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid  -  First Drive  -  Portland OR, June 2019
2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid swings and misses at Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Last week, Ford confirmed the 2020 Explorer Hybrid netted an official 28 mpg combined rating with rear-wheel drive, 25 mpg combined in all-wheel drive, according to the EPA. While that’s impressive for a three-row crossover SUV, it trails the 34 mpg combined expected for the 2020 Toyota...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan
VW to pay $97M for overstated fuel-economy numbers in exclusive cars

Volkswagen on Friday announced it settled with owners of about 98,000 high-end luxury cars after the automaker admitted that the cars were sold with overstated fuel-economy figures. The cars, which include 2013-2017 Bentley, Audi, Porsche, and VW models, will have restated fuel-economy estimates...Read More»

Fuel pump
Survey: Better fuel economy, not lower price, is what more people want from their next car

Almost three in four SUV and pickup truck owners say they want a more fuel-efficient vehicle next time around, and almost nine out of 10 adults say automakers should improve fuel economy in their vehicles, according to a new survey. The survey, which was conducted by Consumer Reports and published...Read More»

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel
2020 Chevrolet Silverado Duramax diesel delivers up to 33 mpg highway

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado and its optional 3.0-liter Duramax inline-6 turbodiesel engine will deliver up to 33 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. Chevy announced the ratings Thursday. The brand said the diesel-powered light-duty pickup is rated to return 23 mpg in the city as well, but...Read More»

California state capitol, Sacramento
Automakers cut deal with California in blow to new EPA fuel-economy standards

California and a group of automakers undercut the Trump administration this week with a side deal that largely keeps in place fuel economy and emissions goals the White House aims to relax. Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, and BMW joined California in imposing stricter fuel economy standards through 2026;...Read More»

2020 Ford Explorer hybrid
2020 Ford Explorer rated as high as 24 mpg combined

The 2020 Ford Explorer is frugal for a full-size SUV, even with optional all-wheel drive. EPA ratings indicate it may be the thriftiest of its direct rivals. The EPA last week released its fuel economy estimates for the new SUV and show the 2020 Explorer will return up to 21 mpg city, 28 highway...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Accent
New transmission bumps 2020 Hyundai Accent to EPA-rated 41 mpg on the highway

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra will add a fuel-saving continuously variable transmission (CVT) for the new year, according to certification data posted to the EPA's website last week. The new transmission bumps the 2020 Accent's fuel economy to 33 mpg city, 41 highway, 36 combined, up considerably from...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Elantra
New transmission makes 2020 Hyundai Elantra more fuel efficient

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra will be a frugal compact car when it goes on sale later this year. The EPA last week said that Hyundai's compact sedan will return estimated 31 mpg city, 41 highway, 35 combined with the addition of a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) to the Elantra lineup...Read More»

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque rated at 23 mpg combined

The redesigned 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is rated at 23 mpg combined, but some of its rivals are thriftier. EPA fuel economy estimates released earlier this month rate the 2020 Range Rover Evoque at 20 mpg city, 27 highway, and 23 combined. A 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine powers the luxury SUV...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Palisade first drive
2020 Hyundai Palisade rated at 21 mpg combined

The EPA last week released fuel-economy estimates for the 2020 Hyundai Palisade. At 19 mpg city, 24 highway, 21 combined with optional all-wheel drive, its estimates match that of its Kia Telluride cousin, but neither is not thrifty as some of their rivals. The 2020 Palisade uses a 3.8-liter V-6...Read More»

2017 Ford GT originally commissioned by John Cena - Image via Mecum Auctions
Ford may have overstated fuel economy figures, hires investigators

In response to internal concerns that it may have overstated fuel economy and emissions figures, Ford said Thursday that it has hired an outside firm to conduct an investigation as to whether there was any wrongdoing with making its vehicles compliant with federal standards. The automaker's Group...Read More»

2020 Toyota Corolla
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid's fuel economy rivals Prius, other models less impressive

Fuel economy estimates from the EPA for the 2020 Toyota Corolla range from below average to ultra thrifty depending on what's underhood. The EPA estimates 30 mpg city, 38 highway, 33 combined for what's likely to be the most popular version of the 2020 Corolla: the L, LE, and XLE trim level with...Read More»

2019 Ford Ranger
2019 Ford Ranger pickup truck to be rated as high as 23 mpg combined, Ford says

According to Ford, the 2019 Ranger mid-size pickup truck will return best-in-class fuel economy for gasoline-powered trucks. The automaker said on Tuesday the 2019 Ranger is estimated to return 21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined. Those figures are for a two-wheel-drive Ranger, while...Read More»

2019 Mazda CX-5
2019 Mazda CX-5 nets 25 mpg combined with new turbo engine

Crossover buyers looking for a little more oomph have a new candidate to consider. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 ushers in a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, and its official EPA fuel economy ratings show it will return as high as 25 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive CX-5s with the new engine return 23...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2019 Chevrolet Silverado's new turbo-4 rated at 21 mpg combined

A new turbo-4 engine found under the hood of the redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado packs a punch—with the thirst for fuel to match. Chevrolet on Wednesday said the new engine found in its 2019 Silverado will be rated by the EPA at 20 mpg city, 23 highway, 21 combined with rear-wheel drive...Read More»

2019 Kia Forte
2019 Kia Forte tops 40 mpg on highway in EPA estimates

EPA estimates for the redesigned 2019 Kia Forte show that the new compact sedan won't be a favorite of gas station owners. What will likely be the most popular 2019 Forte—the sedan with the optional continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT)—is rated at 30 mpg city, 40 highway...Read More»

Smog over Los Angeles, courtesy Flickr user steven-buss
California, 16 other states sue Trump administration over EPA's weakened car emissions targets

California and more than a dozen states on Tuesday filed suit against the EPA over administrator Scott Pruitt's proposal to roll back Obama-era greenhouse gas standards that include new car fuel-economy standards. The suit, filed by California's attorney general in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...Read More»

2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke
2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel rated at 30 mpg highway, with a big catch

A new turbodiesel V-6 gives the rear-wheel drive 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel fuel economy akin to a mid-size sedan, but the four-wheel drive version is much thirstier. Ford said Thursday that the EPA rates the rear-wheel-drive diesel pickup at: 22 mpg city, 30 highway, 25 combined. The...Read More»

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