Tag: fuel economy

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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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May 01, 2014

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

Jim Motavalli

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

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Accuracy of Prius dashboard mileage
Apr 17, 2014

Counting Mileage: A Case of Prius Syndrome

Dear Car Talk

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.

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Feb 03, 2014

Steel vs. Aluminum: The Lightweight Wars Heat Up

Jim Motavalli

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.

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Can a Chevy Volt get better milage from a nearly empty tank
Dec 09, 2013

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

Dear Car Talk

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.

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