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

10.23.2014
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?

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

10.14.2014
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.

Mazda3 MPG: USA vs. UK

10.14.2014
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? 

Manual vs. Automatic: Which Gets Better Mileage?

08.26.2014
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?

Tesla Wrecks the Curve. Volvo: See Me After Class

06.24.2014
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. 

The Good News (and the Bad Loopholes) on Fuel Economy

05.01.2014
Automakers are reaching their federal mileage targets, but only thanks to some clever industry lobbying for loopholes. See what's going down.

Counting Mileage: A Case of Prius Syndrome

04.17.2014
Today Tom and Ray counsel Pat through a case of "Prius Syndrome." Ever since getting his Prius, Pat has become obsessed with mileage but he's noticed that the dashboard reports that he's doing 3-4 mpg better than his old fashioned pencil and paper calculations indicate. Find out if he can trust his dashboard, right here.

Steel vs. Aluminum: The Lightweight Wars Heat Up

02.03.2014
Steel is still the number one material for making cars, but by scoring the Ford F-150 aluminum is gaining sharply. Automakers expect the aluminum share to nearly double by 2025 as fuel economy becomes critical, and that's got the steel industry fighting back with lightweight products of its own.

Maurice's Mileage-Boosting Idea: Brilliant or Bogus?

12.09.2013
Maurice is loving the great mileage he's getting in his Chevy Volt. He wonders if he can improve things further if he reduces weight by keeping the gas tank almost empty. Tom and Ray think this might technically improve mileage, but by such a small amount that it's not worth the risk. Risks include: annoying friends and spouses, ending up out of gas and out of charge, naked, fleeing from a pack of hungry wolves. 

Is Fuel Saving Method Wearing Out Starter?

11.13.2013
Terry's boyfriend turns off the car at every single red light. He claims this saves fuel (and money). Terry worries that all this does is annoy other drivers and will wear out her starter in the long run. Who's right? Find out what Tom and Ray say, right here. 

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