Fuel Economy

  • 2020 Toyota Supra

    Fuel economy estimates are out for the 2020 Toyota Supra, and even with two additional cylinders, it rivals its turbo-4-powered BMW Z4 cousin. The EPA estimates the new Supra will return 24 mpg city, 31 highway, and 26 combined. That's with the BMW-sourced 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine making lots of power. The 2019 BMW Z4 with the brand's own 2.0-liter turbo-4 returns 25/35/28 mpg. On paper, the Toyota Supra seems like the better buy, considering the more-powerful inline-6 is standard, the interior is incredibly similar to the Z4's, and the Supra is actually cheaper. The Supra will...

  • Will you use less fuel during engine braking or simply by coasting?
    What uses less gas: coasting or engine braking?

    Getting the most of your vehicle, with regards to fuel economy, is to play a game of efficiency. You have to find the most efficient manner of driving in a given situation. That leads some to put a vehicle in neutral and team up with gravity for a bit of downhill acceleration. Modern cars, however...

  • 2018 Ford Mustang GT
    2018 Ford Mustang gas mileage revealed

    Gas mileage doesn’t rank too highly on the list of priorities for the average performance car buyer, but that doesn’t mean automakers have carte blanche when it comes to efficiency. Case in point is the updated 2018 Ford Mustang whose engineers have strived to ensure the car is more...

  • 2018 Ford F-150
    2018 Ford F-150 boasts best-in-class towing rating, improved fuel economy

    The Ford F-Series has been the best-selling vehicle line in the United States for decades, and Ford isn't ready to give that crown up anytime soon. Instead, it has doubled down on technology to boast best-in-class towing and payload ratings, and fuel-economy figures for the 2018 Ford F-150. The...

  • DeltaWing four-seater road car concept
    DeltaWing Says Its Road Car Can Achieve 74 MPG Highway Without Electrification

    It was at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show that we first saw the radically-designed DeltaWing concept, which was unveiled by chief designer Ben Bowlby as a potential replacement for the chassis used in IndyCar. Promising incredible fuel economy, the DeltaWing racer found a natural home in endurance...

  • Local Motors Strati 3D-printed car concept
    Local Motors Announces Lightweight Car Challenge: Video

    The Local Motors LITECAR Challenge seeks radical new ways to reduce vehicle weight.

  • 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

    The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat has received an EPA fuel economy rating of 13 miles per gallon in the city and a fairly impressive 22 miles per gallon on the highway. That city figure isn't shocking, but getting over 20 on the highway is pretty solid. MUST SEE: Car Crashes Into Bedroom Of 71-Year-Old Car Enthusiast: Video Especially when you remember that the car has an oh-so-thirsty 707-horspeower, 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine under its hood. Now, if we're being completely honest here, hitting those fuel economy numbers would take a level of restraint even Gandhi would find impressive...

  • Chrysler Pentastar V-6 engine
    Chrysler To Add Turbocharging And Direct Fuel Injection To Pentastar V-6

    In a bid to catch up with rivals, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] will finally update its Pentastar V-6 with some power boosting technologies such as turbocharging, direct fuel injection and improved variable valve timing. The benefit is that the upgrades should also see fuel economy improve...

  • 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
    2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: First Fuel Economy Figures Released

    The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 gets an EPA-rated 16 mpg combined with the automatic transmission.

  • 2015 Dodge Challenger  -  First Drive, Portland OR, July 2014
    2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Scores 22 MPG Highway

    If you’re bruising around town in a 707-horsepower Hellcat, the only time gas mileage crosses your mind is when you wonder how many freeway runs you want to make tonight. MUST SEE: BJ Baldwin Runs Rampant Over Ensenada In Recoil 2: Video That’s fortunate, as the Hellcat is no green...

  • 2015 Ford Mustang live photos, 2014 Detroit Auto Show
    2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Gas Mileage Revealed

    Leaked window stickers reveal 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost and V-6 fuel-economy ratings.

  • 2014 Buick Regal
    2014 Buick Regal Gets Standard Turbo, Better Fuel Economy

    Just as it did in the 1980s, Buick is using turbocharging to make the Regal better.

  • Michelin EV tire

    Automakers are doing all they can to make cars lighter and more fuel efficient, as regulations for average fuel economy and permissible emissions grow ever tighter in Europe and the United States. While automakers have downsized engines in the name of fuel economy and have trimmed weight wherever practical (and economically feasible), one component group in particular has gone in the opposite direction: wheels and tires. Just a few decades back, a sixteen-inch wheel was cutting-edge in terms of performance, but today we see mainstream sedans hitting the market wearing 19-inch wheels shod with...

  • 2014 Fiat 500L live photos, 2012 L.A. Auto Show
    Coming Soon To A Car Near You: Plastic Windows

    If you wear glasses to correct your vision, chances are good you already know the benefits of polycarbonate lenses over glass ones. Not only are polycarbonate lenses significantly lighter, they’re also much more impact-resistant than glass. Polycarbonate windows have been used in racing cars...

  • 2013 Audi A8 TDI
    Audi Publishes Pricing And Fuel Economy Data For the 2014 A8 L TDI

    Audi debuted the turbodiesel version of its flagship A8 sedan at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. At the time, we were told that pricing and fuel economy details were pending, and now the four-ring brand has published the data ahead of the car’s launch. The diesel-powered luxury sedan...

  • The National Tire Research Center's Flat-Trac LTRe - image: GM
    To Boost Fuel Economy, GM Turns To Tire Technology

    When it comes to increasing fuel economy, the obvious steps are decreasing engine size (and, often, performance), shaving pounds, refining aerodynamics and possibly implementing hybrid technology. Significant gains, however, can also be found in other areas. Tire design can contribute up to...

  • 2013 Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost live photos
    In Five Years, 25 Percent Of Cars Sold In The U.S. Will Be Turbocharged

    Last year, Americans purchased some 12.8 million new vehicles. Of that number, 1.3 million vehicles, or roughly 10 percent, came with turbocharged engines. In just five years, however, turbo supplier Honeywell expects that total to climb to four million turbocharged vehicles, representing...

  • 2013 BMW 3-Series  -  First U.S. Drive, February 2012
    Don't Like Your BMW 3-Series' Start Stop? Have It Reprogrammed

    As automakers look to meet ever more-restrictive emission standards and ever-increasing fuel economy goals, automatic start stop systems, which shut down an engine after a few seconds of idle and then instantly restart it, will become more and more commonplace. As with any new technology, start...

  • 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible spy shots

    If you’re counting down the days until you can take delivery of your very own 2013 Beetle Convertible, there’s some good news to report on its official fuel economy. According to the EPA (via Motor Trend), the 200-horsepower Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible will deliver 21 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined when equipped with the six-speed manual gearbox. If that’s not frugal enough for you, the 2013 Beetle Convertible will also come in TDI form, which promises to deliver an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city, 41 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg combined when equipped with...

  • 2013 Ford Focus ST  -  First Drive, Southern France, June 2012
    2013 Ford Focus ST Fuel Economy Numbers Published

    The EPA has certified the 2013 Ford Focus ST at 32 mpg highway, 23 mpg city and 26 mpg combined.

  • 2012 Audi A8 L
    EPA Sees No Fuel Economy Gains From The 2013 Audi A8 3.0T

    Small is the new big, at least according to automakers who are scrambling to downsize engines to meet upcoming fuel economy and emission standards. No automaker is immune, and even luxury marques like BMW and Audi have jumped on the smaller-is-better bandwagon. Forced induction is the key to making...

  • Oven used to bake carbon fiber components
    Ford And Dow Team To Develop Low Cost Carbon Fiber

    Shaving pounds off of new vehicles is essential to meeting upcoming fuel economy standards, and the best way to reduce weight without compromising strength is via the use of advanced materials. Carbon fiber, for example, is both light and incredibly strong; the downside to carbon fiber is that...

  • 2012 BMW X3
    2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i Offers Class-Leading Fuel Economy

    The 2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i returns better fuel economy than any other non-hybrid luxury crossover.

  • 2013 Subaru BRZ
    2013 Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S Get EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

    The EPA has published fuel economy data for both the 2013 Subaru BRZ and the 2013 Scion FR-S.

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