Fuel Economy

Your Car's Fuel Economy Gauge Is Probably Wrong
Your Car's Fuel Economy Gauge Is Probably Wrong

Your car's fuel economy gauge may be lying to you. Well, exaggerating at least. A recent article in the Detroit News says dashboard mpg readouts are about 5 percent too optimistic. Some are worse than others, though: Edmunds tested a 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid and found its readout to be 19 percent...Read More»

2015 Volvo V60
2015 Volvo V60 Wagon To Debut Engine Tech Headed For S60, XC60

When the 2015 Volvo V60 sport wagon arrives in January 2014, it will be the first model from Volvo to arrive with the automaker's new Drive-E powertrains, which will transition the automaker away from in-line five- and six-cylinder engines and toward an all-four-cylinder lineup that could be up to...Read More»

Average fuel economy of new cars sold (UMTRI, September 2013)
Study: Fuel Economy Hits A Record High

With average gas prices in America still hovering above $3.50 a gallon, fuel economy remains a major concern for new-car shoppers. According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, that's having a profound effect on the vehicles consumers buy -- or, more specifically, the...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
Ford To Lower 2013 C-Max Hybrid Fuel Economy Ratings, Compensate Drivers

For one of the first times in recent history, lowering the mileage numbers on a new vehicle might have a positive affect on how shoppers and owners feel about a vehicle. In this case, the vehicle we're talking about is the 2013 (and 2014) Ford C-Max Hybrid. Ford Motor Company plans to soon...Read More»

Fuel gauge
Ford Separates Fuel-Economy Fact From Fuel-Economy Fiction: Video

It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating graduations and sprucing up our backyards for Fourth of July barbecues. Now, we've crossed into August, which can only mean one thing: summer is nearly over. But before the kids head back to school and the leaves begin to turn, chances are good...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Ford Sells More Hybrids Than Ever, Dissolves Tech Partnership With Toyota

Ford has been on a winning streak for the past 12 months. Sales have been strong, its stock price has nearly doubled, and recently, it was declared the best-loved company in the U.S. It hasn't been all sunshine and lollipops, though. Ford is currently being sued over its EcoBoost engine (which may...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Ford C-Max, Fusion, Lincoln MKZ Hybrids Get More MPGs Via Software Update

Remember those AT&T commercials from the mid-1990s -- the ones that asked, "Have you ever sent someone a fax...from the beach?" They envisioned a future of instant gratification, and many of their predictions have come true. (Except no one sends faxes anymore. Thankfully.) But one thing those...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
Volkswagen Phasing Out Five-Cylinder In Favor Of High-MPG Turbo

Four-cylinder engines are back at VW. The automaker has revealed some details of its 2014 model lineup, and one especially noteworthy detail is that a new 170-horsepower, 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be used extensively—and will boost gas mileage significantly on 2014...Read More»

2014 Mazda Mazda6
2014 Mazda6: Tech Package Earns 40 MPG Highway

Mazda has released gas mileage numbers for its top-of-the-line, mid-size 2014 Mazda6—with the GT Technology Package that arrives in dealerships beginning this month—and they're better than some you'll find in efficiency-minded compacts or subcompacts. How does 40-mpg highway, and 32 mpg...Read More»

2013 Audi allroad
30 Days Of Audi Allroad: Gas Mileage Wrap-Up

Many of the vehicles you see reviews for here at The Car Connection have been tested by our editorial team for a week at a time—at least once, and in many cases several times. But we've done something different with the 2013 Audi Allroad—putting it through the paces for a full month. To...Read More»

2012 Toyota Prius V
Study: Hybrid Cars Are Worth The Extra Cash (For City-Dwellers, Anyway)

Hybrid cars can cost thousands of dollars more than their conventional equivalents. The Toyota Camry Hybrid, for example, is priced about $4,000 over its gas-powered twin, and the Ford Fusion Hybrid starts more than $5,000 above the regular Fusion. Are they worth the extra dough? According to a new...Read More»

Average fuel economy of purchased new vehicles, January 2013 (via UMTRI)
Average Fuel Economy Hits Record High: 24.5 MPG

Good news for hypermilers: the fuel economy of new cars sold has hit an all-time high. The average new vehicle purchased in January 2013 earned 24.5 mpg. The data comes from Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. It's based on U.S...Read More»

Car shopping
J.D. Power: Fuel Economy Is #1 Car Criteria, But Bad Styling Can Keep Customers Away

J.D. Power and Associates' annual Avoider Study offers an interesting look at car shoppers' habits. The study not only asks customers why they were drawn to certain vehicles, but also -- as you might guess from the survey's name -- why they avoided others. According to a press release, Power...Read More»

Cadillac ELR
GM Is First U.S. Automaker To Sell 1 Million 30-MPG Cars In A Year

People in the health and fashion industries are fond of saying things like, "30 is the new 20". Now, automakers are saying it, too -- at least when it comes to fuel economy. Thirty miles per gallon is a sweet spot in the auto industry -- far better than the underwhelming 20 mpg threshold, but not...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
Following In Hyundai's Footsteps, Ford Sued Over C-Max, Fusion Fuel Economy

CORRECTION: See below It's been an interesting couple of years for Ford. The automaker is still riding a wave of popularity in the wake of its decision not to take bailout dough from the federal government during the Great Recession. Along the way, Ford's reputation has been buffed by some truly...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
Ford Stands Firm On Fusion, C-Max Fuel Economy Claims: UPDATED

UPDATED: See below* U.S. headlines were still focused on Hyundai and Kia's fuel-economy flubs when folks on the internet turned their attention to the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid and C-Max Hybrid. Both vehicles have been criticized in the press for not meeting their advertised fuel efficiency, and now...Read More»

2014 GMC Sierra 1500
2014 GM Full-Size Trucks Get Direct Injection, Fuel-Saving Engine Technologies

General Motors [NYSE: GM] has revealed significantly revised versions of its full-size pickups, the 2014 GMC Sierra and 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, and while they make major advances in cabin appointments, safety, connectivity, and even cargo-bed convenience, one of the biggest pieces of news is that...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
EPA Will Review 2013 Ford Fusion, C-Max Fuel Economy Claims

Two weeks ago, we mentioned that the Hyundai/Kia fuel-economy fiasco was turning heads in Congress and suggested that this could cause the Environmental Protection Agency to take a closer look at other vehicles. That's now happening. According to AutoNews, the EPA will review complaints about the...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
Hyundai, Kia MPG Flap Reaches Congress, May Spark Other Probes

Is your car as efficient as it's supposed to be? Can you achieve the EPA estimates found on its window sticker? The Hyundai/Kia fuel-economy flap has many drivers -- and members of Congress -- asking these same questions. Brace yourselves: investigations of other makes and models could be just...Read More»

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