2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid swings and misses at Toyota Highlander Hybrid

6 Sep
2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid  -  First Drive  -  Portland OR, June 2019Last week, Ford confirmed the 2020 Explorer Hybrid netted an official 28 mpg combined rating with rear-wheel drive, 25 mpg combined in all-wheel drive, according to the EPA. While that’s impressive for a three-row crossover SUV, it trails the 34 mpg combined expected for the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid in front-wheel-drive configuration...

VW to pay $97M for overstated fuel-economy numbers in exclusive cars

3 Sep
2017 Volkswagen TiguanVolkswagen on Friday announced it settled with owners of about 98,000 high-end luxury cars after the automaker admitted that the cars were sold with overstated fuel-economy figures. The cars, which include 2013-2017 Bentley, Audi, Porsche, and VW models, will have restated fuel-economy estimates that are 1 mpg lower than when they were sold. VW...

Automakers cut deal with California in blow to new EPA fuel-economy standards

26 Jul
California state capitol, SacramentoCalifornia and a group of automakers undercut the Trump administration this week with a side deal that largely keeps in place fuel economy and emissions goals the White House aims to relax. Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, and BMW joined California in imposing stricter fuel economy standards through 2026; the agreement would put the final fuel economy...

2020 Chevrolet Silverado Duramax diesel delivers up to 33 mpg highway

26 Jul
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 dieselThe 2020 Chevrolet Silverado and its optional 3.0-liter Duramax inline-6 turbodiesel engine will deliver up to 33 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. Chevy announced the ratings Thursday. The brand said the diesel-powered light-duty pickup is rated to return 23 mpg in the city as well, but didn't supply combined fuel economy figures from the...

2020 Ford Explorer rated as high as 24 mpg combined

18 Jun
2020 Ford Explorer hybridThe 2020 Ford Explorer is frugal for a full-size SUV, even with optional all-wheel drive. EPA ratings indicate it may be the thriftiest of its direct rivals. The EPA last week released its fuel economy estimates for the new SUV and show the 2020 Explorer will return up to 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined. Those figures come with...

New transmission bumps 2020 Hyundai Accent to EPA-rated 41 mpg on the highway

6 May
2019 Hyundai AccentThe 2020 Hyundai Elantra will add a fuel-saving continuously variable transmission (CVT) for the new year, according to certification data posted to the EPA's website last week. The new transmission bumps the 2020 Accent's fuel economy to 33 mpg city, 41 highway, 36 combined, up considerably from the 28/38/32 mpg rating with last year's 6-speed...

New transmission makes 2020 Hyundai Elantra more fuel efficient

1 Apr
2019 Hyundai ElantraThe 2020 Hyundai Elantra will be a frugal compact car when it goes on sale later this year. The EPA last week said that Hyundai's compact sedan will return estimated 31 mpg city, 41 highway, 35 combined with the addition of a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) to the Elantra lineup. Car and Driver first reported on the government...

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque rated at 23 mpg combined

26 Mar
2020 Land Rover Range Rover EvoqueThe redesigned 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is rated at 23 mpg combined, but some of its rivals are thriftier. EPA fuel economy estimates released earlier this month rate the 2020 Range Rover Evoque at 20 mpg city, 27 highway, and 23 combined. A 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine powers the luxury SUV and it's paired with a 9-speed automatic...

2020 Hyundai Palisade rated at 21 mpg combined

20 Mar
2020 Hyundai Palisade first driveThe EPA last week released fuel-economy estimates for the 2020 Hyundai Palisade. At 19 mpg city, 24 highway, 21 combined with optional all-wheel drive, its estimates match that of its Kia Telluride cousin, but neither is not thrifty as some of their rivals. The 2020 Palisade uses a 3.8-liter V-6 engine paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission...