Tag: Fuel Economy

Ditched Automatic Means MPG Boost for Hyundai Accent, Elantra

<img data-attachment-id="1593258" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/48720_2018_Accent-e1506629615121.jpg" data-orig-size="3817,2313" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"2018 Accent","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"2018 Accent","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="2018 Accent" data-image-description=" Image: Hyundai ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/48720_2018_Accent-e1506629603504-450×273.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/48720_2018_Accent-e1506629603504-610×370.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1593258 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/48720_2018_Accent-e1506629603504-610×370.jpg” alt=”2018 Accent” width=”610″ height=”370″> For the 2020 model year, Hyundai’s subcompact Accent and compact Elantra ditch their six-speed automatics in favor of a continuously variable unit — a move that’s not likely to elicit too […]

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The Mazda CX-5 Diesel’s Economic Case Is Nonexistent

<img data-attachment-id="1671014" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019-Mazda-CX-5-Signature-Skyactiv-D.jpg" data-orig-size="1024,683" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature Skyactiv-D" data-image-description=" Image: Mazda ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019-Mazda-CX-5-Signature-Skyactiv-D-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019-Mazda-CX-5-Signature-Skyactiv-D-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1671014 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019-Mazda-CX-5-Signature-Skyactiv-D-610×407.jpg” alt=”2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature Skyactiv-D – Image: Mazda” width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019-Mazda-CX-5-Signature-Skyactiv-D-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019-Mazda-CX-5-Signature-Skyactiv-D-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019-Mazda-CX-5-Signature-Skyactiv-D-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019-Mazda-CX-5-Signature-Skyactiv-D-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019-Mazda-CX-5-Signature-Skyactiv-D-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019-Mazda-CX-5-Signature-Skyactiv-D.jpg 1024w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Finally. Mazda’s promised diesel-powered CX-5 is now […]

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Rare Rides: A Beige Plymouth Champ – American Malaise From 1980

<img data-attachment-id="1667868" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900.jpg" data-orig-size="900,900" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1980 Plymouth Champ" data-image-description=" https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/cto/d/portland-1980-plymouth-champ-rare/6852999373.html ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-350×350.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-610×610.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1667868 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-610×610.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”610″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-610×610.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-75×75.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-350×350.jpg 350w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-768×768.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-120×120.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900.jpg 900w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Rare Rides has featured a couple of Plymouths before, both of which were sporty and boasted two doors. Today’s Plymouth […]

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Volkswagen Arteon Continues Slow Track to U.S.; EPA Numbers Released

Revealed what seems like ages ago, Volkswagen’s upcoming flagship car will arrive in the U.S. as a 2019 model — halfway through 2019. Bearing the inelegant name Arteon, the new range-topper had its boat trip delayed by a new European test cycle that impacted the certification and release of numerous German vehicles. It could be […]

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MPG Update: We’re Getting Better, Just Not Quickly Enough to Please the Eco Crowd

Chances are, the vehicle you drove 10 or 20 years ago returned worse fuel economy than the one sitting in your driveway today. Significantly worse fuel economy. While this may not be true if you went from strapped Corolla owner to affluent Navigator enthusiast over the past decade or so, it’s true for the average […]

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White House to Automakers: Choose a Side in the Great Gas War

The Trump administration has long been at odds with California and a coalition of supportive states that hope to block the rollback of Obama-era fueling regulations the current Environmental Protection Agency deems “unsustainable.” The EPA also says it’s inconsistent with consumer behavior. But automakers have behaved somewhat erratically on the matter, forcing the president to […]

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Ford Opens Investigation Into Fuel Economy Testing Procedure, Hires Outside Help

Ford Motor Company has reason to believe a problem may exist in how the company calculates vehicle fuel economy and emissions. The automaker has hired an outside firm to help get to the bottom of the issue, which was raised by employees, and has already notified the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board […]

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Goal Unlocked: Toyota’s non-Prius Delivers the MPGs

It’s Mileage Monday, apparently. In unveiling the upcoming Corolla Hybrid late last year, Toyota predicted the normal-looking alternative to its long-running Prius would deliver a combined rating of 50 mpg, once the EPA got around to testing it. Not the hardest bar to clear, given that the 2020 Corolla Hybrid uses the same 121-horsepower hybrid […]

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The Kia Telluride’s Fuel Economy Is Pretty Much Exactly What You’d Expect

Built with the sprawling American lifestyle in mind, Kia’s range-topping Telluride doesn’t deploy any fancy tricks to lower its fuel consumption. With EPA fuel economy figures for the 2020 Telluride now out, the three-row midsizer can rest assured that few consumers will take its thirst as a selling point or deal breaker. The Telluride begins […]

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FCA Paid $77 Million in Civil Penalties to Sell Cars People Actually Want to Buy

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles paid $77 million in U.S. civil penalties late last year due to its failure to adhere to 2016 model year fuel economy requirements. In December, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a report claiming the industry faced millions in fines from 2016 and that one manufacturer was expected to pay […]

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GM’s 2.7-liter Pickup Engine Comes Up Short in Real-world MPG Test

You’ve read no shortage of commentary about General Motors’ new truck engine on these digital pages — from the 2.7-liter four-cylinder‘s impressive on-paper power figures (310 hp, 348 lb-ft), to the continuing rivalry between GM and Ford, to the rather slim fuel economy gap separating it from its eight-cylinder stablemates. You’ve also read about GM’s […]

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Trump Officially Nominates Andrew Wheeler to Head the EPA

President Donald Trump nominated Andrew Wheeler as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday, setting him up to permanently fill a position he’s already occupied since July. Trump praised Wheeler in November his “fantastic job” as acting administrator of the EPA following the July 2018 resignation of the agency’s former scandal-ridden head, Scott Pruitt. […]

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Thriftpower: Ford Touts 2019 Ranger’s Stingy Fuel Economy

Matthew Guy’s going to be mighty disappointed if this is all the big Ford truck news we receive this week. On the same week Ford rolled out its first drive event for the upcoming Ranger pickup, the Blue Oval revealed official fuel economy numbers for the four-cylinder-only midsizer — though specs already leaked last month. Yes, […]

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EPA Ratings Reveal the Rest of the GM 2.7-liter Story

Last month, General Motors released EPA-estimated fuel economy figures for one of the new, turbocharged 2.7-liter inline-four’s applications: the two-wheel drive version of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. Despite boasting 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque, the engine’s combined estimated fuel economy of 21 miles per gallon left many wanting more. Now that […]

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Gas-guzzling Former Roommates Poised to Become Eco Rivals

For nearly five decades, Rolls-Royce and Bentley shared the same bed, then lived amicably under the same roof for another 18 years, becoming ever closer to each other due to dwindling shared finances. Then two Germans showed up and they parted ways, forever. While still representing the richly browned upper crust of British motoring, the […]

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GM: Current Fuel Economy Rules ‘Not Technologically Feasible’

General Motors appeared to endorse the Trump administration’s fuel economy rollback, at least to some degree. In a federal filing made public on Monday, the largest U.S. automaker said Obama-era rules that targeted fleetwide fuel efficiency in excess of 50 miles per gallon by 2025 were “not technologically feasible or economically practicable.” Interesting, considering GM CEO […]

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Going Coastal: GM Calls for Nationwide Zero-emission Vehicle Strategy

General Motors CEO Mary Barra took to the USA Today op-ed page Friday to advocate for a national zero-emission vehicle strategy — NZEV, for short. The automaker is calling for the ZEV program already in effect in California and nine other states to become law across the United States, thus making it mandatory for OEMs […]

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California Preps Formal Response in Gas War, Calls MPG Rollback ‘Unlawful’

California and 18 other states plan to formally vent their grievances over the Trump administration’s proposal to freeze fuel economy standards at 2020 levels on Friday. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have called for public comments on the matter, with the deadline taking place at the end of this week. […]

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