Posts from ‘Fuel Economy’

Feb
13
1973 Dodge Colt

1973 Dodge Colt

We recently shared a list of Consumer Guide’s thirstiest gas guzzlers of 1973—you can check out that post here.

Feb
06
1973 Pontiac Grand Prix

Returning 8.5 mpg, the Pontiac Grand Prix tied for 5th place on our list of the thirstiest cars of 1973.

When you hear the number 8 1/2,  there’s a decent chance your mind turns to a film by that name, directed by French surrealist Federico Fellini. Released in 1963, 8 1/2 is the story of a movie director who is slowly losing his grip on reality. Fellini’s fantasy-like treatment of the lead character’s confusion led to popular use of the term Felliniesque, used to describe a situation that seems unreal.

Jan
30
Cash for Clunkers Truck

Many dealers used condemned “clunkers” as rolling billboards for the program.

With the benefit of a few years’ time, I can now look back and safely say that the “Cash for Clunkers” (CFC) program was one of the strangest auto-industry events of the past 50 years.

Jan
20
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage SE in Wine Red

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage SE     Consumer Guide Test Drive

Class: Subcompact Car

Miles Driven: 387

Fuel Used: 12.6 gallons

Jun
08
2016 GMC Canyon Duramax

2016 GMC Canyon SLT

Consumer Guide Quick Spin2016 GMC Canyon 4WD SLT Crew Short Box 

Class: Compact Pickup Truck

Miles Driven: 253

Fuel Used: 10.2 gallons

May
23
Hydraulic Hybrid Peapod Delivery Truck

Online grocer Peapod recently took possession of its first two delivery trucks augmented with a hydraulic hybrid system.

In simplest terms, an automotive hybrid drivetrain is one that employs two or more power sources to propel a given vehicle.

May
18
2016 Toyota Prius Touring

2016 Toyota Prius Touring

2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Car

Miles Driven: 505

Fuel Used: 9.6 gallons

Mar
17
2016 RAV4 Hybrid

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Crossover

Dates tested: 2/29/2016 – 3/14/2016

Miles Driven: 347

Fuel Used: 19.8 gallons

Feb
23
2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt LT

2016 Chevrolet Volt LT   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Electric Car

Dates tested: 2/01/2016 – 2/08/2016

Miles Driven: 344

Fuel Used: 1.9 gallons

Jan
29
BMW i3

2015 BMW i3 with Range Extender

2015 BMW i3 with Range Extender   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Electric Vehicle

Dates tested: 1/18/2016 – 1/25/2016

Miles Driven: 334

Fuel Used: 1.5 gallons

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