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Why Should I Care About New Fuel Economy Standards? Because Money Is Nice To Have

Don’t you just loooove watching the dollars and cents tick up as the gallons slowly glug into your car’s gas tank? No you don’t, because no one likes spending large chunks of change to fuel their vehicles. And maybe hybrids or electric cars don’t have all the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect. What’s a discerning, wallet-conscious consumer to do? [More]

White House Wants Your Car To Get 54.5 MPG By 2025

White House Wants Your Car To Get 54.5 MPG By 2025

Earlier today, the White House — along with the EPA and DOT — formally announced their proposal to improve fuel economy over the next decade and a half, with the goal of achieving fuel efficiencies equivalent to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. [More]

New Fuel-Economy Stickers Actually Display Car's Fuel Economy

New Fuel-Economy Stickers Actually Display Car's Fuel Economy

The U.S. Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency have rolled out the biggest redesign of the car window stickers that display a vehicle’s estimated fuel efficiency since the labels were introduced. The new stickers, designed to be easier to read and to provide more information about fuel savings and costs, will be required for all 2013 cars. [More]

White House Wants To Slap Fuel Efficiency Grades On Vehicles

White House Wants To Slap Fuel Efficiency Grades On Vehicles

By proposing the assigning of letter grades onto cars to rank fuel efficiency, the Obama administration either wants to shame car manufacturers into making their cars more efficient or stop larger vehicles from getting into Ivy League schools. [More]

Top Ten New Cars, Trade-Ins From Cash For Clunkers

Top Ten New Cars, Trade-Ins From Cash For Clunkers

With Cash for Clunkers mostly over, Consumer Reports looks at the most popular new cars and the most popular clunkers that were traded in.

Beware The "MPG Illusion" When Comparing Fuel Efficiency

Beware The "MPG Illusion" When Comparing Fuel Efficiency

Sure, switching from a gas guzzler to a highly efficient (and probably much smaller) car is best for the environment, but it’s not a realistic solution for large families or people who can’t afford it. But don’t let the fact that you can’t buy a 40 mpg car turn you off of a trade up in efficiency anyway. A couple of economists have pointed out that “using ‘miles per gallon’ as a measure of fuel efficiency leads people to undervalue the benefits of replacing the most inefficient automobiles.” Their point: if you’re driving a gas guzzler, even a small improvement in fuel efficiency can generate significant savings.

General Motors Says New Fuel Requirements Will Add $6,000 To Price Of Cars

General Motors Says New Fuel Requirements Will Add $6,000 To Price Of Cars

Bob Lutz, GM’s vice president and product chief, told reporters this week that new federal guidelines that require 35mpg fuel efficiency by 2020 (yes, more than a decade from now) are so stringent that it will end up costing an average of $6,000 more per vehicle. “That cost will have to be passed on to consumers,” he then threatened. We can’t help but feel sorry for GM. After all, this whole “better fuel efficiency” topic was only brought up, what, like two or three months ago? And GM only has twelve years to find cost-effective (we’d say “innovative” but don’t want to put too much pressure on such a backwards, fearful company) ways to lighten cars and improve engines.

Top 12 Most Gas Saving Cars

Top 12 Most Gas Saving Cars

Consumer Reports tested some new compacts and a sporty car and found twelve cars with the most fuel efficiency. Some of them even bring in numbers close to what the best hybrids can offer.

Congress Strikes Deal To Match China's Fuel Efficiency Standards By 2020

Congress will require American automakers to achieve fleet-wide fuel efficiency of 35 miles per gallon by 2020. The deal struck late last night by Congressional negotiators and hailed as “an historic advancement,” would put America on the slow track towards meeting the same efficiency standards that Europe, China, and most of the developed world already enjoy.

New Honda Accord Diesel Gets Nearly 63 Miles Per Gallon

New Honda Accord Diesel Gets Nearly 63 Miles Per Gallon

Fuel-economy mavens take note. Honda recently showed off an alternative to hybrid cars at a Sacramento car show: a diesel-powered Accord that is scheduled to hit the American market in 2010. Unlike a hybrid, the diesel promises more power, but it still gets a whopping 62.8 mpg.

Want To Drive In The HOV Lane Without Passengers? The EPA Has A Rule For You

Want To Drive In The HOV Lane Without Passengers? The EPA Has A Rule For You

The EPA has proposed a rule that would allow drivers of fuel-efficient vehicles to use the high occupancy vehicle lanes without bringing along those pesky carpoolers. Most states require at least two occupants for a vehicle to travel in the HOV lane.