They’re billed as being the perfect automotive solution, able to deliver both improved fuel economy and solid performance, but do turbochargers live up to their billing? A review by Consumer Reports magazine has touched off a fierce debate.
According to a new report by Consumer Reports magazine, turbos are more hype than help, generally failing to deliver. In fact, the non-profit publication claims, turbocharged engines are often slower and less fuel-efficient than the conventional engines they replace.
Industry officials, however, are standing by the technology which, they contend, will help meet increasingly tough mileage mandates without sacrificing performance and ride quality like other high-efficiency alternatives.