Posts from ‘Fuel Economy’

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

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

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

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

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


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.

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.

1986 Chevrolet Sprint ER

1986 Chevrolet Sprint ER

Given the “electrification” of the automobile, it would be easy to assume that the most fuel-efficient vehicles ever built for sale in the U.S. would be of recent vintage and in some way hybridized. As it turns out, that assumption would only be partially correct.

2015 Toyota Prius c

Although our top-line Prius c Four tester started at $25,300 with destination — and ended up at $26,579 with options — a base One model can be had for as little as $20,375.

2015 Toyota Prius c  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Subcompact Car

Dates tested: 8/06/2015 – 8/20/2015

Miles Driven: 405

Fuel Used: 8.1 gallons

1981 Cadillac Fleetwod

The 1981 Cadillac Fleetwood equipped with the 4.2-liter V6 was the 2nd-slowest vehicle Consumer Guide tested in 1981.

Historians refer to the period in Europe following the fall of the Roman Era as the Dark Ages. Generally applied to the 10th and 11th centuries, the Dark Ages were a time of economic and cultural decline, and for the people alive then, a time of little hope.

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