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Hyundai Elantra Goes Eco

Turbo model delivers up to 40 mpg on highway.

by on May.12, 2016

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco.

Traditionally one of the least environmentally focused brands, Hyundai has been making a major shift towards more eco-friendly products over the last few years, and the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco is the latest example.

The all-new trim level takes the fuel economy of the Korean carmaker’s compact model up a big notch, boosting fuel economy to as much as 40 miles per gallon on the highway, with an EPA-certified city rating of 32 mpg and a combined 35 mpg.

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Like other recent products, Hyundai has been putting more emphasis on things like performance, ride quality and refinement, but with the Elantra Eco, said product planning director Mike Evanoff, Hyundai “committed (itself) to delivering a compelling value proposition.”


Carmakers Beating Fuel Economy Mandates, Study Finds

Some models nearly meet goals set for 2025.

by on Apr.25, 2016

The new Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid already meets the fuel economy target for 2021.

Low fuel prices have been driving a surge in demand for big pickups and SUVs. That’s a seeming recipe for poor fuel economy, but a new report reveals that the auto industry is not only managing to meet federal fuel economy standards but, in many cases, handily exceeding the current mandate.

A total of 56% of the newest models in dealer showrooms match or exceed today’s federal target, according to the survey by the Consumer Federation of America. And a number of vehicles already come close to meeting the tough, 54.5 mile-per-gallon target that’s not supposed to take effect until 2025.

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“Fuel efficiency increasingly comes standard with new cars, trucks, and SUVs” said Jack Gillis, Director of Public Affairs for the CFA and author of The Car Book. “Even if you’re in the market for a large pickup or SUV, you’d have to go out of your way to find a true gas guzzler.”


Which Are America’s Highest-Mileage Automobiles?

Hint: it begins with i (as in the Mitsubishi battery car).

by on Nov.21, 2011

The 2012 mileage champ, the Mitsubishi i, at 112 MPGe.

The long-struggling Mitsubishi has finally landed at the top of the charts.  In this case, the Environmental Protection Agency declaring the little Japanese battery-electric vehicle the most fuel-efficient automobile on American roads, averaging a whopping 112 miles per gallon equivalent.

That’s the Combined rating for the 2012 Mitsubishi i, which gets 126 miles in the federal government’s City cycle and 99 on the Highway.  The little battery car is currently the smallest and least expensive of the new crop of electric vehicles, carrying a price tag of $27,990 – before the $7,500 federal tax credit for high-mileage battery vehicles.

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As you might guess, electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids dominate the 2012 rankings by the EPA, with the Nissan Leaf coming in second with a Combined cycle rating of 99 MPGe – which is designed to convert the power stored in a battery into its equivalent were the vehicle to be running on conventional gasoline.


Finding America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Automobiles

No, they aren’t all hybrids.

by on Mar.11, 2011

America's most fuel-efficient vehicle, the Toyota Prius.

The following story has been revised to include the Ford Fusion Hybrid in the Top 10 list.

If recent weeks are any indication, many American motorists are rethinking what to drive.  Last month’s sales numbers saw a spike in demand for small cars and hybrids (though there was also a bump in demand for pickups and bigger SUVs, despite rising fuel prices).

While there’s a law of diminishing returns, increasing your fuel economy from, say, 20 to 30 mpg can add up to savings of hundreds, even thousands of dollars a year, no wonder why so many motorists are thinking about downsizing or at least opting for alternative powertrains.

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The good news is that you don’t necessarily need to switch to a battery car or hybrid to achieve big improvements in your fuel economy.  Nor do you need to swap that family van for a minicar.

True, vehicles relying on at least some form of battery power – whether hybrids, plug-ins or pure battery-electric vehicles – top the latest mileage charts, the latest crop of internal combustion engines are yielding respectable numbers – often at substantially lower sticker prices.