Tag: fuel economy

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Apr 27, 2015

Flying is Better for the Environment Than Driving. Really?

Jim Motavalli

Not only are planes like the 787 more fuel efficient than the gas guzzlers of the past, but airlines are flying them full of people. The car fleet would have to average 45 mpg to equal the carbon footprint of an airplane mile, and its actual performance is far from that.

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Apr 22, 2015

On Earth Day: Automakers--Except Chrysler--Clap for the Tough Fuel Economy Rules

Jim Motavalli

As Ford, GM, BMW, Audi and others make bets on cars that will ultimately get 54.5 MPG, Fiat-Chrysler--which hasn't-- wants the new federal standards standards rolled back.

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Apr 11, 2015

3,000 MPG: Student Teams Innovate to Save Fuel at Shell's Eco Marathon

Jim Motavalli

In tiny pods and mock Microbuses with surfboards on the roof, 112 student teams compete in cars they built to be fuel economy champs.

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CAFE fuel economy chart by model year
Apr 06, 2015

VIDEO: At the New York Auto Show, Cars Are Getting HUGE

Craig Fitzgerald

The New York International Auto Show is happening this week, and BestRide.com editor Craig Fitzgerald got a chance to peruse all the new models at the press preview last week. Cars might be getting more fuel efficient, but they're also getting ENORMOUS.

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CAFÉ Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards
Nov 13, 2014

A New Definition of "Small"

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

American trucks still don’t get great gas mileage and they won’t, but guess what? They’re here to stay. Jamie Kitman on the latest "small" offering from Chevrolet and GMC.

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Oct 23, 2014

In a Horsepower Race, Cobra-Maker Shelby Offers Power Plus Fuel Economy

Jim Motavalli

Make no mistake, Shelby still boasts about its 1,100-horsepower Mustangs. But it also points out they can get the groceries at 25 mpg on pump gas. Here's what we'd point out: Who needs a 1100-hp grocery-getter?

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Oct 14, 2014

Fuel Economy Gains Slowing Down--Blame the Trucks and Muscle Cars

Jim Motavalli

Good news! Today's cars are 26% more fuel efficient than seven years ago. Bad news! That trend is about to take a nosedive. Here's why.

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Mileage difference between cars made in Europe and USA
Oct 14, 2014

Mazda3 MPG: USA vs. UK

Dear Car Talk

Robert was pretty excited about the 32 mpg his Mazda3 was getting until he talked to his brother-in-law in England, who told him that the U.K. version of this car gets almost twice that. Is Mazda holding out on us, or is there more to this story?

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Do automatics or manuals get better mileage
Aug 26, 2014

Manual vs. Automatic: Which Gets Better Mileage?

Dear Car Talk

Barbara grew up knowing that manual transmissions got better gas milage than automatics. But dealers are telling her now automatics have the edge. Can Tom and Ray set the record straight?

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Jun 24, 2014

Tesla Wrecks the Curve. Volvo: See Me After Class

Jim Motavalli

Volvo gets a big, fat, zero for meeting new federal fuel economy ratings. Others are doing better-- though not by much, in some cases. Jim Motavalli explains why. 

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