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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.
New cars leaving dealership lots last month helped push average fuel economy in the U.S. to an all-time high.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
General Motors is planning a handful of tweaks and updates for its full-size trucks that will take effect in the 2015 model year.
Fuel economy has become a major influence on the light vehicle market, and April 2014 saw the average new car fleet get less efficient.
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.
The average fuel economy of new vehicles sold last month reached an all-time high of 25.4 mpg.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SUV + MPG
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.