Fuel Efficiency

Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Confirmed For 2013: GM CEO Akerson
Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Confirmed For 2013: GM CEO Akerson

It's as good as official: Chevrolet will build a diesel version of the Cruze for the U.S., to go on sale in 2013. The word comes straight from General Motors CEO Dan Akerson in an interview with USA Today. Speculation and rumors of a Cruze diesel have circulated for most of 2011, but today's...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
Which 40-MPG Car Is In Your Future? #YouTellUs

It's no real secret that 40 is the new 30, when talking about fuel efficiency that is. Most automakers are jumping onto the 40-mpg bandwagon faster than you can you can say "fuel efficient." With so many options, how do you choose? Not only are there many options in the 40-mpg segment, but many...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
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»

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»

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»

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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»

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»

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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 Toyota Prius
Toyota Production In Japan--Including Prius--To Resume At Half-Speed

In the aftermath of the devastating March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami, Japan's automakers are just starting to formulate plans to get rolling once again—at least in part. After being shut down for more than a month, several of Toyota's plants will begin limited production between...Read More»

Gas pump
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 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»

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»

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