Tag: fuel economy

103 Posts

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?

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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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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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