Fuel Economy

Report: Gas Prices Down, As Are Prices On Small Cars, Hybrids
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»

2011 Smart Fortwo Passion Coupe
2011 Smart Fortwo: Driven

"Wow. Can't believe you fit into that thing." That's the first thing we heard over and over again during a recent week with the 2011 Smart Fortwo. And the well-designed cabin deserves lots of recognition; at a long-legged 6'-6," this driver had absolutely no problem fitting into the surprisingly...Read More»

2000 Chevrolet Metro Coupe
Three-Cylinder Cars: Always The Odd Ones Out?

Three-cylinder engines have been used in quite a few performance motorcycles—including legendary collectibles like the Triumph Trident and BSA Rocket 3—but among cars, at least here in the U.S. market, they've always seemed the odd ones out. Triples haven't earned a lot of respect or...Read More»

Euro-spec 2011 Ford Fiesta on New York City side street
Three-Cylinder Ford EcoBoost Engine Coming To U.S. Lineup

The original Model T that helped elevate Ford Motor Co. [NYSE: F] among the world's top automakers might have had a four-cylinder engine under the hood, but the automaker has never built a production three—until today, when Ford officially revealed an all-new three-cylinder engine design. In...Read More»

2011 Ram 1500 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Angular Front Exterior View
2012 Ram 1500 V-6 Will Get More Power, Better MPG

No more wheezy V-6 in the Ram: Later this year, Chrysler will replace the base 3.7-liter V-6 in the base 2012 Ram 1500 full-size truck with a version of its new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. A high-ranking Chrysler official, powertrain chief Paolo Ferrero, confirmed the change for the first time to...Read More»

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
IIHS: High-MPG Small Cars Much Improved In Safety

All the talk likening small cars to sardine cans can finally be retired. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released new crash-test results and ratings for more than a dozen small cars and found that, thankfully, automakers have made significant progress in small-car...Read More»

Gas pump
Better Gas Mileage: Ten Easy Tips For Big Savings

While gas prices are on their way down, there's not a whole lot of relief yet—at least not in time for the busy Memorial Day holiday travel weekend. According to a study from the AAA, gas prices will impact about four out of ten holiday travelers. But it doesn't have to pinch your wallet as...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
Feds Mandate Smaller Cars, This Time For Their Own Fleets

If you work for the federal government and want to keep driving a government-owned, full-size sedan or SUV, you’d better be able to explain how the vehicle is essential to your duties. Under a new presidential order for federal agencies, vehicles should be “mid-size or smaller...Read More»

Gas pump
Gas Prices Going Down, But They've Changed Our Lifestyle

Gas prices might no longer be on the way up—at least for a little while—but it appears that this time, surging pump prices, combined with the persisting economic conditions, have meant that U.S. families are feeling it more sorely than before. A new Gallup Poll found that Americans are...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Chevy Cruze Gets Better Fuel Economy For 2012

At first glance, there’s no apparent difference between automatic-transmission-equipped 2011 Chevy Cruze models and their 2012 Chevy Cruze counterparts, yet the new model manages to get an additional two miles per gallon in highway fuel economy, according to a new report. Unlike the 2012...Read More»

Toyota Prius at US Capitol, by Flickr user Izik
Survey: Most Republicans In Favor Of Higher MPG Requirements

Democrats and Republicans might disagree on a lot of things, but it appears that fuel economy regulation doesn't need to be one of them. According to a new nationwide study, those who identify Republican are nearly as likely to think that we need to put a tighter fuel-efficiency framework in place...Read More»

2010 Audi A3 TDI
Bosch: Diesels Could Be 10 Percent Of U.S. Sales By 2015

If Peter Marks, Bosch’s chairman, president and CEO of North and South American operations, is correct, you’ll soon begin to see a lot more diesel vehicle options in the United States market. While diesel vehicles currently account for just 3 percent of new vehicle sales, changing...Read More»

Ford Focus Electric - Refueling Area
Report: Fuel Economy Standards May Grow By Up To Seven Percent Annually

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is researching how much automakers can grow fuel economy between 2017 and 2025. If their math is correct, the agency estimates that automakers can boost fuel economy by a maximum of 7 percent per year, and even their “worst...Read More»

Gas pump
High Gas Prices: Signs Of Some Summer Relief At The Pump

Take a look at your local gas station's sign this weekend, and you might—you just might—see something you haven't seen in many months: the price going down a penny or two. Largely because of this week's end of a sustained period of crude-oil speculation, it could be the start of a...Read More»

2010 MINI Scooter E Concept
High Gas Prices Mean More Scooters On The Road -- But Are They Right For You?

There's been a lot of discussion the past few weeks about gas prices and the effect they're having on vehicle sales. One the one hand, we've seen studies indicating that fuel efficiency is now the leading factor in new car purchases -- data that jibes pretty well with the increased popularity of...Read More»

2011 Honda Insight
Analysis: Hybrids, Diesels, Small Cars Surge Ahead In Vehicle Market

If you're thinking of downsizing or getting a vehicle that's more fuel-efficient, you're not the only one, unfortunately. It's the timing that's unfortunate; hybrids and small cars are hot, and you're not bound to find as good of a deal on them as just a few months ago. As an analysis from the firm...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
Regulators: Will Future SUVs Compromise Safety For Higher MPG?

It can be argued that through the way vehicles were forced to change in the 1970s and '80s, the federal government turned the American public on to SUVs. Now it's looking for ways to wean us off that addiction—so quickly that it might affect the improvements we've made in safety in recent...Read More»

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