2014 Chevrolet Volt
Dates tested: 8/07/2014-8/14/2014
Miles Driven: 300
Fuel Used: .9 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 333.3 mpg
Fact: Japanese automobile manufacturers were just as willing as American makers to build fuel-thirsty trucks, they just weren’t as good at selling them. Had early versions of the Nissan Pathfinder or Toyota 4Runner sold nearly as well as the Ford Explorer, history might recall said companies less as the “green” good guys they came to be considered.
It is Consumer Guide managing editor Rick Cotta who first began noting vehicles that are turning 25 years of age, and thus becoming “classic.”
In Illinois, home to Consumer Guide Automotive© and Collectible Automobile magazine, a car is officially an antique when it crosses the quarter-century line.
2014 Kia Optima SX Turbo
Dates tested: 7/21/2014-8/04/2014
Miles Driven: 633
Fuel Used: 26.1 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 24.3 mpg
Serbians knew it as the Zastava Koral, we, for a brief moment in time, knew it as the Yugo GV. To no one’s surprise, a peoples’ car designed around then 20-year old Fiat technology built behind the Iron Curtain didn’t sell especially well in the United States. Mostly we pointed and laughed. For you youngsters out there, the Yugo was a really bad car import from what was then known as Yugoslavia for the 1984-1991 model years. They didn’t sell well.
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG
Dates tested: 7/31/2014-8/07/2014
Miles Driven: 172
Fuel Used: 8.5 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 20.2 mpg
It has taken a while, but demographers seemed to have coalesced around 1985 as the year dividing the people identified as Generation Y from those we’ve labeled Millennials.
2015 Hyundai Genesis 5.0
Dates tested: 8/04/2014-8/18/2014
Miles Driven: 548
Fuel Used: 33.6 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 16.3 mpg
We all know what we can do to save some gas. We know that we’re obliged to avoid jackrabbit starts, that we should travel at close to the posted speed limit, and that we’re committed to religiously checking the air pressure in our tires. Noted.
We’ve seen the list before. But, you ask, what else can we do? A better question might be, is there anything we should stop doing? The answer is yes. In fact, there are five things you can stop doing immediately in the name of improved fuel economy.