Fuel Efficiency

Nissan Promises An Improved CVT
Nissan Promises An Improved CVT

If you want to get an automatic transmission—as most car shoppers prefer—on a Nissan, you'll most likely end up with a CVT. That's, to put it as simply as possible, a belt-and-pulley system rather than gears and hydraulics. Nissan has just announced that the CVT it uses across most of its...Read More»

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FuelClinic.com Wants To Make Your Guzzler Greener

Sure, we'd all love to get a few more miles to the gallon, but not everyone can afford to run out and buy a newer, greener vehicle -- nor would everyone want to. Now, some folks are saying that they can boost the fuel efficiency of your current car or truck by 10% - 20%. For free. All you have to...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI
Driven: 2009 Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI

The 2009 Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI makes a lot more sense than the standard gasoline Touareg V-6 and V-8 models, but it's still a niche vehicle with niche appeal. That's an assessment that TheCarConnection.com couldn't quite steer around after a week and some 650 miles with the TDI. To see why...Read More»

Old Gas Pumps
Gasoline Use Way Down—Especially In The Northwest

With the record-breaking spikes in gas prices last summer, followed by the economic downturn, it's not surprising that people aren't driving as much. A new report from the Seattle-based Sightline Institute verifies that per capita gasoline use is falling nationally, but focuses on how and why that...Read More»

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The Long Wait Is Over—EPA Upholds California Emissions Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today granted California a long-anticipated Clean Air Act Waiver. Under it, California—along with 13 other states—will enforce its own emissions standards until the 2012 model year, when the federal government will begin phasing in new national standards...Read More»

2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R
SI-Drive Loved But Underappreciated…And Gone From The 2010 Subaru Legacy

In the more upscale models of the outgoing Subaru Legacy, there was a controller that bore a strong resemblance to the one used for BMW's iDrive. For 2010, it's gone. That elegant controller, for a feature called SI-Drive, looked like it was meant for navigation functions, while in reality it...Read More»

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Study: Fuel Efficiency Will Be Big For U.S. Automakers

Walter McManus and Ron Kleinbaum from the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute have conducted a study of the auto industry, and the results are sure to cause some controversy. Among their findings is this particular gem: "The more fuel-sipping cars they make, the more money...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Models Set To Get Stronger, More Fuel-Efficient Fours

Hyundai will install new direct-injection four-cylinder engines in its facelifted 2010 Santa Fe and redesigned 2011 Sonata models, according to information gleaned from an official at the automaker’s Montgomery, Alabama plant by a local paper, the Montgomery Advertiser. The new 2.2-liter...Read More»

Going Green
America's 10 Best (And 10 Worst) Cities For Green Cars

Talking the "green" talk is easy: toss out enough words like "recyclable" and "zero-emissions" and "carbon footprint", and even the crustiest oil baron can come out looking like Al Gore. Getting folks to walk the "green" walk, however, is a different matter altogether--as a new report from Nielsen...Read More»

1994 Buick Park Avenue, by Flickr user Rienk Mebius
Senate Passes Cash-for-Clunkers Bill, President To Sign Soon

It's a done deal now. Yesterday evening, the US Senate passed a $106 billion war spending bill that includes $1 billion in funds for roughly three and a half months' worth of "Cash for Clunkers" tax credits. The goal is to assist automakers by boosting US car sales, at the same time encouraging...Read More»

2010 Subaru Legacy
2010 Subaru Legacy Gets Best-In-Class Fuel Economy

The 2009 Subaru Legacy remains one of TheCarConnection.com's favorite all-weather sedans, despite a few issues that keep its overall review rating to 7.4 out of 10. Depending if it's equipped with the base flat-four, the more exciting turbocharged four, or the smooth flat-six, it can take on a wide...Read More»

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2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid: The World's Priciest Hybrid?

  When Porsche introduces the 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid late next year, its first-ever hybrid-electric vehicle may be the priciest hybrid on earth. While a Porsche executive said pricing hasn't been finalized, according to the German Automobilwoche, the expected European price will be in the...Read More»

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Is A Higher Gas Tax The Way To Pay For Road Repair?

Every now and then, one of our posts sparks a nice online discussion. Typical topics: the fate of General Motors after the government bailout, whether hybrid cars are for conscientious citizens or effete wimps ... and, of course, taxes. Yesterday, we asked GreenCarReports.com readers to weigh in on...Read More»

Ohio Representative Betty Sutton
Cash-For-Clunkers: Finally, Movement

After many months of maneuvering, debate, and hand-wringing, the U.S. House of Representatives finally took action yesterday on a "cash-for-clunkers" bill presented by Betty Sutton (D-OH) and 59 co-sponsors. H.R.2751 (PDF here) handily passed with a vote of 298 to 119. (How did your representative...Read More»

2009 Toyota Yaris 5-door
2009 Toyota Yaris: No Hybrid, No Diesel, No Hypermiling, Yet 41 MPG!

With all the talk about hybrid systems and clean-diesel powertrains as the current be-all and end-all for green-car shoppers, it’s easy to forget that there are a few simple small cars out there that are nearly as frugal—without paying thousands more. You still can get a basic, lightweight...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: Want A Fuel-Efficient Deal? Act Now!

Thinking of buying one of the most fuel-efficient cars like the Toyota Prius, the Honda Insight, or even the Ford Focus or Chevy Cobalt XFE this year, but waiting for even lower prices as dealerships become more desperate to move inventory? That’s probably not going to happen. It’s true that...Read More»

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Fuel-Saving Tips For The Holiday Weekend

As pump prices rise are on the rise again, and crude oil prices and refinery issues suggest they’ll continue to rise in the weeks ahead. Yet—reality check, here—we’re still in the middle of humdinger of a recession, right? With your disposable income for this holiday weekend in mind, here...Read More»

Honda Safety Navi
Honda Rolls Out Safety And Eco-Driving Simulator

Grab some coffee, or a Red Bull; here’s a racing game that almost certainly isn’t going to deliver a surge of adrenaline. Especially if you're the parent of a soon-to-be teen driver, take note. Pretty much the polar opposite of Grand Theft Auto or Gran Turismo and their ilk, this new package...Read More»

2009 BMW 1-Series 128i
BMW: U.S. Four-Cylinders Possible, Not Yet Certain

BMW has for a decade kept its four-cylinder engines out of the U.S. market. Instead, the product line has been heavily stocked with the company’s best asset: in-line sixes. For the most part, TheCarConnection.com is happy with that choice, as BMW’s straight-six engines are among the smoothest...Read More»