Posts from ‘Fuel Economy’

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.

 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Mobil 1

First seen in 1974, Mobil 1 was among the first commercially available synthetic motor oils.

If you’re like most motorists, you pay someone else to change your oil. And, like most motorists, you’ve probably gotten the hard sell on the benefits of synthetic oil.