Category Archives: Fuel economy

Is the carbon-fiber BMW i3 the car of the future?

Expect to hear a lot about the BMW i3 in the coming months. A four-seater about the size of a Nissan Juke, BMW’s first electric car for sale will combine several cutting-edge technologies, potentially making it one of the most… Continue reading

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Talking Cars: Our auto experts get fast, furious, and technical

Episode 8 of Talking Cars with Consumer Reports features our car experts answering reader questions and comments, submitted through our Facebook pages and YouTube channel. The queries are fielded by Director of Auto Testing Jake Fisher and Senior Engineers Gabe… Continue reading

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Tests show bike racks can ruin your mileage

We’re in the thick of summer travel season and vacationers are packing up their cars for getaways. Bringing bikes on vacation is a great way to get exercise and save gas touring your destination. But, our tests show that taking… Continue reading

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Talking Cars: Our experts discuss the Tesla battery swap, diesels, and some disappointing test results

We’re very happy to bring you new episodes of Talking Cars with Consumer Reports. Episode 7 features Auto Test Director Jake Fisher, and senior engineers Gabe Shenhar and Tom Mutchler, who doubles as your host. This episode is an opinionated… Continue reading

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The penalty for speeding: A loss in fuel economy

You know that driving at 75 mph rather than 55 wastes gas, but how much? We did the math, driving a steady 55, 65, and 75 mph in a Honda Accord, a Toyota RAV4, and three versions of a Ford… Continue reading

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Hybrids, small turbos often fall short of EPA mileage estimates

Hybrids get great mileage, but some leave their owners disappointed because their window stickers promise better fuel economy than the cars deliver. We analyzed more than 315 cars and compared the results of our own tests with EPA window stickers…. Continue reading

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Breakthrough fuel-cell technology promises to make futuristic cars affordable

As any auto show attendee can attest, the cars of the future have long been forecasted to be powered by fuel cells, rather than rely on gasoline for motivation. Durability and affordability have been formidable obstacles to widespread adoption, but… Continue reading

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Fuel economy event shows consumers have a wide variety of car choices

At the Consumer Reports “Fuel Economy: Now and in the Future” event last week, the theme was easy to spot: No matter what kind of car you want, you can find one today that gets good gas mileage. And tomorrow,… Continue reading

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How higher fuel economy standards will save you money

Consumers who buy the fuel-efficient new cars that will roll out to meet tough new fuel economy standards will save thousands of dollars over the life of the vehicles, according to a new report released today by Consumer Reports. Fuel… Continue reading

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Video: Consumer Reports event looks at the future for fuel economy

Consumer Reports is hosting an event today for academia, government, industry, and media to explore the state of fuel economy today and look to the future. And you’re invited to join the event via live streaming video, or catch the… Continue reading

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