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Likes: Highway fuel economy Comfort Engine performance Ride and handling Dislikes: Limited options MyLink software Curb weight For the first time since 1986, Chevrolet has brought a small modern turbo-diesel engine to America in a passenger car and it’s a sweetheart. The new top-of-the-line addition to the Cruze...

Now that summer is, unfortunately, in the rear-view-mirror, perhaps you’ve noticed the days getting shorter and the nights cooler. As temperatures continue to drop, you might also see a slight decline in your car’s MPG. That’s completely normal, and should be expected. In fact, by the heart of winter, the drop in...

Study: Used Hybrids and Electric Cars Retain Value The economics of buying a fuel-efficient car can be misleading.  Critics of hybrids and electric cars often say, “They’re not worth it.”  That’s because their calculations about payback period—how long it takes to recoup a higher upfront cost—often exclusively look at...

Where the Rubber Hits Your MPG Whiz-bang car technology allows hybrids to get 50 mpg, and electric cars to earn the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon. But you don’t have to go high-tech to improve your fuel efficiency. Significant gains in mpg are available to anybody paying attention to their tires, no matter what...

When the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid goes on sale this fall, most American consumers are likely to ask, “What’s a C-Max?” That’s a fair question, considering that the model is new to the U.S. market—not only as a new nameplate, but as a different kind of vehicle altogether. One immediate distinction is that it’s Ford’s...

With its sleek new design, the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion marks the arrival of the next generation of Ford vehicles that continue to evolve and advance. In addition to its fresh face, the all-new Fusion offers the broadest selection of fuel-efficient powertrains in the midsize car segment. It offers hybrid and plug-in...

If you’re looking to save money at the pumps, one of the smartest things you can do is to downsize. Keep this in mind: Buying a car that meets, but does not exceed, your need for size and power doesn’t have to be an exercise in self-restraint. A little legroom and horsepower can be traded for a monumental amount of...

Ride of the Valkyries When first meeting the Infiniti QX56, it’s hard not to imagine a full orchestra blasting out Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries in the background. Unsuspecting friends had their jaws dropping as we rolled by with our new baby elephant painted in Black Obsidian. As you would expect from the largest...

Crowning the king of fuel-efficient cars used to be so much easier. But these days, cars that run on less energy often run partly or completely on electricity — which makes MPG a tricky term. After all, a pack of fully charged batteries doesn’t use gallons. As a result, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created...

Road Tripping in Style Likes: Commanding view of the road from the high seating position Silky smooth and powerful twin-turbo direct injection 4.6L V8 Advanced safety features that are perfect for long road trips Dislikes: Conservative styling High riding height makes it a pain to get into the cabin Power...

There’s a lot to be said for classic cars fitted with modern performance parts. They offer the best of both worlds – hot rods that actually turn, stop, and can handle being driven anywhere in modern traffic, all while maintaining that cool vintage look. This Bel Air Bubble Top has been completely redone inside and out,...

The practical sports car Likes: Aggressive M-appearance styling Tailored suit interior Selectable ride Twin-turbo V8 Dislikes: Big on the outside, yet small on the inside Computer-rationed power delivery Advanced heads-up display does not work with polarized sunglasses I’m always looking for that perfect Jekyll...

The chrome slotmags and rolled fenders on this Z600 give it a muscly stance that you wouldn’t expect from a car that’s reportedly good for 136 mpg at 30 mph. These strange little microcars pack a ton of quirky style into a tiny, tiny package, and you just don’t see them around any more. This one is being sold by its...

Likes Smile-inducing Go kart handling Decent MPG even with spirited driving Smooth-shifting 6-speed manual transmission Dislikes Ungraceful roofline Bad visibility The MINI Cooper Coupe is the first sports coupe of the modern MINI line-up. It only seats two people and has a more rakish windshield. It also...

Not perfect, but pretty darn close Likes Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is the real deal, providing ample power and efficiency 8 speed automatic transmission is so good we never wished we had a manual Although a bit softer than before, handling is still typical BMW, meaning sublimely good Interior technology is...

Saab Automobile has been on life-support for the past few years. Now, it appears the Swedish automaker will be brought back from the brink—transformed into an electric car company primarily focused on the emerging Chinese market. On Wednesday, a consortium identified as the National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB said it...

When hybrid cars first appeared on U.S. roads in late 1999, they were seen as a temporary experiment. It was, after all, the SUV era, so the funky teardrop design of the Honda Insight and awkward shape of the first-generation Prius received derision—if they were noticed at all. Twelve years and more than 2 million...

In 1998, VW introduced the New Beetle, a modern adaptation of one of the most iconic vehicles ever built. Between the various incarnations—the first of which was produced in 1938—more than 20 million Beetles have been sold worldwide, making it the most prevalent car design of all time. This 2003 Volkswagen New...

Despite what many think, the Toyota Prius isn’t the first or even most fuel-efficient hybrid to hit the American market. Those distinctions belong to the Honda Insight, which was released in December 1999, boasting a combined 53-mpg in fuel economy. Early-model Insights can be expected to get 49 mpg in the city...

This 1963 Pontiac Tempest convertible is all about inexpensive fun. New bright red paint and an equally clean white top show off GM’s early takes on ‘coke-bottle’ design. The seller says the car is “very original throughout and she runs and drives great.” The innovative and unusual-looking 195-ci inline four is...

This gas-only non-hybrid 1988 Honda CRX HF has a remarkable EPA fuel economy rating of 49 miles per gallon on the highway, and 41 in the city. The HF stands for “high fuel efficiency,” an acronym still used by Honda to signify the most fuel thrifty version of the Civic. The 1987 CRX, back in its day, was rated at 57...