Archive for December, 2014
There’s no question that small crossovers are big business. Not only is the compact SUV class the second most popular in the industry next to midsize cars, but it’s the fastest growing—in both sales and number of entries. And some new entries coming down the pipeline are what might be referred to as “subcompact” crossovers.
2015 Audi A3 Sedan 1.8 FWD S tronic
Dates tested: 8/28/2014-9/04/2014
Miles Driven: 229
Fuel Used: 9.7 gallons
Driving mix: 60% city, 40% highway
Most gas-saving tips seem to focus on the things that drivers can do to eke a few more miles out of a tank of gas. Driving slower, driving less aggressively, avoiding prolonged periods of idling…we’ve all heard this stuff before.
If it’s your car that’s sucking up all the gas, why should you have to modify your behavior—what about the car itself?
2015 Cadillac ATS 2.0T “Premium Collection”
Dates tested: 11/20/2014-12/01/2014
Miles Driven: 488
Fuel Used: 20.6 gallons
Driving mix: 35% city, 65% highway
What a difference a few years can make. We recently posted the “5 Most-Powerful American Cars of 1980,” a collection of rides boasting, on average, 199 horsepower. It’s worth noting that every vehicle on the list was carbureted. Jump ahead six model years…