Posts from ‘Fuel Economy’

Jan
11
1994 Cadillac Deville, Gas Guzzlers of 1994, 10 Worst Gas Guzzlers of 1994

1994 Cadillac Deville

I’m not quite ready to accept the Nineties as the distant past, but maybe I need to. Consider that the first official White House website went live in 1994, and that Quentin Tarantino’s now-classic Pulp Fiction was released the same year. It’s getting hard to remember a world before internet connections and great Vincent Vega quotes. In auto-related news, trucks accounted for 40 percent of all light-duty-vehicle sales for the very first time.

Aug
21
2000 Honda Insight

2000 Honda Insight

Being first to market is no guarantee of success. Social-media platform Myspace arrived on the scene almost a year before Facebook came online, but as of this week, Myspace doesn’t rank among the top 2000 most-popular websites globally; Facebook ranks number 4.

Nov
20
 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Los Angeles Auto ShowAlthough there is much new for the 2020 versions of Hyundai’s Ioniq “electrified” compact hatchbacks shown at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, the biggest news comes in the full-electric version, which gets a bigger battery and greatly increased range.

Aug
14
2019 Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e in Electric Storm Blue

2019 Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e in Electric Storm Blue

2015 Audi Q52019 Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e

Class: Compact Car

Miles driven: 419

Fuel used: 8.2 gallons

May
24
Should I buy a car or a crossover?

The Honda CR-V (left) costs about as much as a Honda Accord (right), and offers about as much passenger space. Which would you buy?

The sedan is dead. By now, you’ve probably heard the dire prognostications for what was once the auto industry’s most popular type of passenger vehicle. The four-door sedan—long a staple of American motoring—has given way to the crossover SUV, and it doesn’t appear that consumers are looking back.

May
21
2019 Ford F-150 Lariat Crew Cab 4WD PowerStroke

2019 Ford F-150 Lariat Power Stroke in Velocity Blue

2015 Audi Q52019 Ford F-150 Lariat 4×4 SuperCrew Power Stroke

Class: Large Pickup Truck

Miles Driven: 361

Fuel Used: 13.9 gallons

Jan
18
Mini Car Ads, Mini Cars

1956 Bond Minicar

When the Smart ForTwo was introduced for the 2008 model year, uninformed detractors of the diminutive two-seater devoted considerable energy to worrying about how unsafe such a small car would be in a crash. Count my mother among them.

Nov
28
2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e

LA-Auto-Show-LogoIt would seem more fitting for the Chicago or Detroit Auto Show, but Toyota chose the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show to introduce a Prius with more “snow” appeal.

Oct
15
Last AWD Sedans

2019 Nissan Altima

There’s a certain cachet to sedans with all-wheel drive. Though largely shunned by folks in states in which snow is not a real threat to commuting ease, AWD vehicles in general have caught on with the buying public, accounting for as much as 80 percent of the sales of certain crossover-SUV models in cities such as Chicago and New York.

Oct
09
2018 Honda Accord Hybrid

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring in Lunar Silver

2015 Audi Q52018 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

Class: Midsize Car

Miles driven: 590

Fuel used: 11.9 gallons