Posts from ‘Fuel Economy’

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: 11.1 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

Jan
26
2016 Toyota Prius

2016 Toyota Prius 

2016 Toyota Prius Three   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Car

Dates tested: 1/14/2016 – 1/21/2016

Miles Driven: 306

Fuel Used: 6.4 gallons

Nov
12

Winter Driving Tips

Forty or so years ago, ensuring vehicle safety and reliability in cold-weather driving usually meant performing a series of annual maintenance rituals.  

Common preparations including swapping out the thermostat, flushing the cooling system, switching to lighter-weight motor oil, and having the battery tested. Additionally, slapping on snow tires  was not uncommon in locales known for heavy doses of the white stuff.

Nov
05
1976 Volkswagen Rabbit

The Volkswagen Rabbit was the 4th most-efficient American-market car of 1976.

Before fuel injection, variable-valve timing, computer-enhanced aerodynamics, and continuously variable transmissions, there was only one path to fuel efficiency: small engines in small cars.

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