Tag: fuel economy

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is it safe to put the car in neutral on a downhill
Nov 10, 2016

Coasting Downhill in Neutral -- Bonus or Boooogus?

Dear Car Talk

Ted wants to know if coasting down a hill in neutral saves wear and tear, and gas. 

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The advantages of a roof rack
Jun 15, 2016

Just Put a Roof Rack on It

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

When it comes to car buying, Americans tend to buy for the most extreme scenarios and forget about everyday driving. Maybe we should stop. 

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is the distance saved by cutting curves on the highway significant
Jun 14, 2016

Picking the Smartest Line May be Dumb

Dear Car Talk

A reader asks if picking a line like a race car driver on the interstate saves gas. 

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Jun 01, 2016

Ditch that Roof Rack and See Your Fuel Economy Soar

Jim Motavalli

Save gas by improving aerodynamics, getting rid of useless weight, rolling up the windows, and driving like a sane person.

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May 16, 2016

What -- or Who -- Is Stealing This Toyota's Fuel?

Dear Car Talk

Anne's RAV 4 is getting lousy gas mileage. Could the fuel system be the culprit, or something more simple?

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what could cause my odometer to be so inaccurate
May 16, 2016

What -- or Who -- Is Stealing This Toyota's Fuel?

Dear Car Talk

Anne's RAV 4 is getting lousy gas mileage. Could the fuel system be the culprit, or something more simple?

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is a prius a good choice for a jetta lover who cares about air pollution
Mar 10, 2016

Diesel vs. Hybrid: Which Is Cleaner?

Dear Car Talk

Barbara has a 2006 VW Jetta diesel that she's considering replacing. Is a Prius a good choice for her? Car Talk's advice here.

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is using the pedal or cruise control to accelerate more fuel-efficient
Mar 03, 2016

Cruise Control Questions: What's the Best Way to Resume Speed?

Dear Car Talk

Richard notices that when he hits the "resume" on cruise control, it accelerates much faster than he would if he were accelerating manually. Is this good for his fuel economy? 

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fuel economy of modern cars
Dec 23, 2015

FACT CHECK: Do Some Modern Cars Get the Same Fuel Mileage as the Model T?

Craig Fitzgerald

Yesterday, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ social media team posted a meme suggesting that some cars get the same fuel mileage as the Ford Model T. Is the comparison brilliant or B-O-O-O-G-U-S?

fuel economy

Downside of an Active ECO System
Oct 22, 2015

Today: Why Not Use Fuel-Saving System All The Time?

Dear Car Talk

Emmanuel's new car has an "Active ECO System" option that he can turn on and off manually. It improves fuel efficiency, so why isn't in automatically on? Car Talk explains, right here.

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