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 |  Sep 18 2014, 9:00 AM

Diesel Gasoline Efficiency

Diesel. To many American drivers the “D” word is something of a mystery. It’s associated with construction equipment, tractor trailers and hillbillies “rollin’ coal” in their modified pickups, spewing more black smoke than a burning pile of used tires.

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 |  Sep 17 2014, 3:27 PM

2015-Dodge-Challenger-SRT-Hellcat-12

Official fuel economy ratings have been doled out for new 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, pegging the car at 22 mpg on the highway. 

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 |  Sep 05 2014, 7:32 AM

august-fuel-economy-graph

New cars leaving dealership lots last month helped push average fuel economy in the U.S. to an all-time high.

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 |  Sep 03 2014, 12:45 PM

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Fuel economy ratings for the upcoming GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado were released today.

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 |  Aug 08 2014, 9:52 AM

Fuel Consumption Drop

Despite a growing population, global fuel use is projected to decline after the year 2021. By 2035 overall consumption is expected to dip by 4 percent.

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 |  Jul 21 2014, 8:02 AM

It's OK to be cheap!


 

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Midsize sedans are a big deal; this segment is one of the most important in the automotive industry. Corporate fortunes are won or lost on the backs of these versatile, hard-working cars.

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 |  Jul 15 2014, 8:02 PM

Schaeffler Cylinder Deactivation

Fuel economy is a top concern these days as automakers, suppliers and consumers alike strive to stretch every drop of petroleum as far as possible. Cylinder deactivation is a key way of bolstering the large-print numbers on a vehicle’s window sticker.

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 |  Jul 02 2014, 2:02 PM

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Following Ford’s announcement about reduced fuel economy ratings, the average mileage of new vehicles being purchased sank in June.

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 |  Jun 12 2014, 2:49 PM

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Ford is eating crow today, announcing reduced fuel economy ratings on six of its vehicles.

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 |  Jun 06 2014, 11:02 AM

Trans Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Shift

Welcome to the final installment of Trans Wars, a three-part miniseries exploring the automatic transmission. So far we’ve compared torque-converter and dual-clutch units, but these two gearboxes aren’t the only ones on the market today.

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 |  Jun 05 2014, 8:02 AM

TRANS WARS Episode II: Attack of the Clutches

In yesterday’s installment of Trans Wars we explored the benefits and downsides of conventional automatic gearboxes, ones that feature fluid-filled torque converters. This type of transmission has been around for more than 50 years; it works well and has pretty much become the industry standard.

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 |  Jun 04 2014, 1:02 PM

TRANS WARS Episode I: The Phantom Pedal

Join us for a three-part miniseries exploring the ins and outs of automatic transmissions. For the first installment we celebrate heritage by tipping our hats to a great motoring tradition that’s as American as baseball, apple pie and Oldsmobile. This is Trans Wars!

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 |  May 09 2014, 12:15 PM

2014-Chevy-Silverado-High-Country-Bay-Far

General Motors is planning a handful of tweaks and updates for its full-size trucks that will take effect in the 2015 model year.

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 |  May 05 2014, 2:12 PM

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Fuel economy has become a major influence on the light vehicle market, and April 2014 saw the average new car fleet get less efficient. 

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 |  May 02 2014, 3:15 PM

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We’ve all heard the ads about cars getting 40 MPG, but that doesn’t mean you can ever expect to average such lofty fuel economy.

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 |  Apr 04 2014, 7:31 AM

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The average fuel economy of new vehicles sold last month reached an all-time high of 25.4 mpg.

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 |  Mar 17 2014, 8:28 AM

2015-hyundai-sonata

Hyundai is backpedalling after reporting exaggerated fuel economy claims on one of its newest models. 

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 |  Feb 18 2014, 3:15 PM

Less is More


Mahle Downsizing Demonstrator

In decades past, automakers produced more powerful engines by adding cylinders. As the old saying goes, there’s no replacement for displacement… Or is there? 

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 |  Feb 11 2014, 5:31 PM

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The average fuel economy of U.S. new cars as of January 2014 was 24.9 mpg, representing a 0.1 gain over the previous month. 

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 |  Feb 10 2014, 12:15 PM

Winter Driving

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that colder weather hurts fuel economy, but you might be surprised to learn how steep the penalties can be.

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 |  Feb 04 2014, 2:08 PM

Spray

Fuel savings can come from myriad sources from electric motor assistance and better aerodynamics to lightweight materials. Nostrum Motors claims it can offer up to 20 percent better fuel economy with a new kind of fuel injector. 

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 |  Feb 04 2014, 12:25 PM

2014-honda-civic-hybrid

The 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid and Natural Gas models enter the 2014 mode year with the same new content as other versions of the Civic and improved fuel economy for the hybrid. 

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 |  Jan 16 2014, 12:02 PM

2014-ford-fiesta

The hullabaloo around hybrids and electric cars to meet the government’s mandated 54.5 mpg by 2025 might be little more than  a lot of meaningless noise. 

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 |  Jan 07 2014, 4:31 PM

SUV + MPG


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There was a time when shopping for an SUV meant giving up fuel economy in exchange for extra interior room and cargo space. While that still may be the case for some models, there are plenty of fuel efficient crossovers and SUVs available in today’s marketplace, some of which get over 30 MPG on the highway.

Compared to last year’s Top 10 list, fuel economy has gone up across the board. Just a year ago the most fuel efficient SUVs had a worst combined MPG rating of 25 while the best vehicle saw 30 MPG combined. This year, the most fuel efficient model stickers for 31 MPG combined while even models at the bottom of the list are posting a 2 MPG improvement to 27 MPG.

So if you’re in the market for a fuel efficient crossover or SUV then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve listed the Top 10 most efficient models, based on their combined city/highway rating.