Fuel Economy

Study: Unemployment Rate, Gas Prices Predict Vehicle Demand
Study: Unemployment Rate, Gas Prices Predict Vehicle Demand

At first glance, the auto market can look fickle from one month or season to the next. Some months Americans are more into thirstier vehicles; other months—like this one—we put down our wont toward trucks, and there's a rush on fuel-efficient small cars. Now, two researchers at the...Read More»

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Gas Prices Linked To Lowest Consumer Confidence In A Year

Rising gasoline prices, as well as rising food prices, are contributing to less confidence in the economy, according to a survey released late last week. And with prices continuing to rise, albeit gradually, amid speculation about what will happen with supply from Libya, bruised confidence could...Read More»

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Tip: Yes, You Can Use Less Fuel Without Vehicle Downsizing

For those who drive a lot, or have a relatively thirsty vehicle, and tend to live paycheck to paycheck, the 40-cent jump in gas prices over the past month could be a pretty big deal. But it doesn't have to be. Just by more following just a few easy-to-remember pieces of advice, it's likely that you...Read More»

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Gas Prices Fueling Price Spike On High-Mileage Hybrids, Small Cars

Gasoline prices are on the rise. And as surely as we can say that more Americans will start putting half-tanks into their cars and complaining loudly about the extra $20 or so a month they'll need to shell out—and schemes like drilling into fuel tanks emerge—let the rush on small cars...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Takes A Strong Lead In Sales-Weighted Fuel Economy

The 2011 Toyota Prius remains the highest-mileage gasoline non-plug-in vehicle on the U.S. market, at an EPA-rated 51 mpg city, 48 highway, but when you look at sales-weighted averages, the fleet of new cars that Hyundai is selling, as a whole, beats that of Toyota. The sales and pricing data...Read More»

2011 Ford Mustang
2011 Ford Mustang V-6: 30 MPG Isn't A Stretch

There's no question that the Mustang's new standard engine, a 305-hp, 3.7-liter V-6, is no longer a token price leader, or just a rental or a secretary's car, as the former base version was known. It's a great all-around performer, as we reported in our full review, with excellent chassis tuning...Read More»

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Good News: 7 Auto Trends And Headlines We Were Glad To See In 2010

It's the end of another year—in this case, a year when we've slogged through countless recall updates, worrisome issues like driver distraction in the spotlight, and confirmed the demise of several major automotive brands, hundreds of dealerships, and overall, some of the worst-ever economic...Read More»

Porsche 911 Sport Exhaust
Researchers: Heat From Exhaust Could Be Harnessed For Improved MPG

If you've ever crept along in gridlock and noticed the floor of your car getting a little warm, or 'seen' all the heat energy escaping from a hot exhaust pipe on a cold day, you know that exhaust systems send a lot of heat right out the tailpipe—heat that could potentially be put to use. What...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Today at High Gear Media: Forte, Grand Cherokee, and "MPG"

It's missed a spot on some well-known best-of lists, but the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee's giving us a gleam in our eye. [TheCarConnection] That 2011 Kia Forte five-door you've been waiting on, finally has an EPA rating: 37 mpg highway. [TheCarConnection] What's the word on cheap cars with big value?...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco: Best Highway MPG Of Any Non-Hybrid

GM just dropped a very pleasant surprise for green-minded shoppers this morning. Up till now we've been anticipating that the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco will return a very respectable 40 mpg on the highway. Turns out the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco is even greener than we were led to think: 42 mpg. That...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Prius Is Dirtier To Build Than Corolla...But Greener Than A Hummer

Which is greener: a Toyota Prius or a Toyota Corolla? They're both roughly the same size, and when you think quick, it seems that the Prius would be the no-brainer choice for greenies. The Prius, after all, gets an EPA Combined 50 mpg, while the Corolla gets (an EPA Combined) 30 at best. But if you...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus, at 2010 Detroit Auto Show
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»

2011 Ford F-150 STX
2011 Ford F-150 Gunning For Best-In-Class Fuel Economy

The 2011 model year marks the biggest shakeup for the Ford F-150 pickup truck’s powertrain lineup in almost 62 years of production, thanks namely to the introduction of a pair of V-6 engines, one of which--due later this year--features turbocharging and direct injection technologies. Ford...Read More»

2010 GMC Yukon XL
EPA Sticker Rules Tighten, But HD Trucks Still Evade Ratings

If you're shopping for a serious people hauler, and by that, we mean one that can both carry several adults in comfort, as well as tow a boat or a horse trailer—you might consider one of the full-size (read: heavy duty or super duty) pickups. Or, for even more passenger comfort, take a look...Read More»

2011 Toyota Camry LE
MPG Showdown: 2011 Camry V-6 Nudges Accord, Trails Sonata

If there's one prominent trend we're noticing already with 2011 model-year changes—even for models that don't change significantly in other ways—it's that automakers are making a real effort to boost fuel-efficiency in incremental ways. With the help of new low-rolling-resistance tires...Read More»

2010 Prius vs. 2007 Prius
Today at High Gear Media: Toyota, Electric Cars and 300

Toyota recalls, the electric-car race, and the 2012 Chrysler 300 -- it's all here today at High Gear Media: The 2011 Ford F-150 gains four new engine options, everything from a base V-6 to a turbo EcoBoost six and a pair of V-8s. Pickups are back...and better than ever. [TheCarConnection] Can one...Read More»

EcoBoost V-6, 2011 Ford F-150
2011 Ford F-150: New EcoBoost V-6 Headlines Four New Engines

With its 2011 F-150, Ford [NYSE:F] is boosting fuel economy by up to 20 percent by going with a fuel-efficient, turbocharged gasoline V-6 as its mainstream engine in the lineup. Once upon a time, the automaker would have been laughed out of any serious truck owner's stall. Turbos were peaky; they...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»

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