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Hi-mpg.org drives Chevrolet Cruze 4010 miles, averages 33.2 MPG

Recently, hi-mpg.org drove from Colorado to New England and back, racking up over 4000 miles on the odometer of a brand new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. This gem of a car—very

Chevrolet HHR

The styling of the Chevrolet HHR (short for Heritage High Roof) was purportedly inspired by the 1949 Chevy Suburban. Indeed, the HHR’s hemispherical grill and squarish flared wheelwells harken back

Hi-mpg.org gets 47 mpg with a Ford Fiesta

Over the weekend, hi-mpg.org had the pleasure of piloting a brand new 2011 Ford Fiesta from Fort Collins, Colorado to Colorado Springs and back. The sedan was the SE trim

Ford Mustang

The addition of the Ford Mustang to hi-mpg.org’s list of Hot Green Machines may be surprising. Sure, of course the ‘Stang is a very cool car—particularly the latest generations which

Porsche Boxster

We admit, we had overlooked this one. Sure there are a few high-performance sports cars that are fairly well-known for being good on gas (e.g., a four-cylinder Audi TT). But

Hi-mpg.org drives Chevrolet Cruze 4010 miles, averages 33.2 MPG

Recently, hi-mpg.org drove from Colorado to New England and back, racking up over 4000 miles on the odometer of a brand new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. This gem of a car—very possibly the highest quality compact car General Motors has ever built—was in LT trim and equipped with a turbocharged 1.4L engine and six-speed automatic transmission. » Read more..

New CAFE MPG standards for 2025

Last week, President Obama announced new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for 2025 that the majority of automotive manufacturers have apparently embraced. The mandate? It’s 54.5 miles per gallon! But before you get too excited—or become up in arms with skepticism that 54.5 mpg is even possible to achieve—there is something you should know about this figure. » Read more..

Saturn Sky Redline

2007 Saturn Sky Red Line

2007 Saturn Sky Red Line (Image: NetCarShow.com)

We already wrote about the Pontiac Solstice GXP, one of the most exciting hi-mpg.org Hot Green Machines and sports cars produced by an American manufacturer. Shortly after the Solstice was unveiled, General Motors introduced a slightly more sophisticated corporate twin: the Saturn Sky Redline. » Read more..

Pontiac Solstice GXP

2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP

2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP

Try to think of all the mass-produced American sports cars made in the entire history of the automobile, and you might be able to count them all on one hand. Sure, there’s the Chevrolet Corvette and Dodge Viper. You might also remember the mid-engine, two-seat Pontiac Fiero GT—particularly after General Motors sorted out its handling by its final model year of 1988.

But the rest that immediately come to mind—e.g., the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, and Pontiac GTO—are technically pony cars or muscle cars. And so the Pontiac Solstice belongs on a very short list. In fact, if we make a list of American cars that fit the classic definition of a sports car—i.e., a two-seat roadster that was very affordable brand new—then the Solstice (and its corporate twin, the Saturn Sky) makes up a list all its own. » Read more..

Chevrolet Cobalt SS

2008 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Coupe

2008 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Coupe (Photo: picareana.com)

You can be initially forgiven if you think we have lost our minds. A Chevy Cobalt on hi-mpg.org’s list of Hot Green Machines? It’s true. Although we will qualify this with a couple caveats: 1) we are not talking about the plain Jane Cobalt sedan, which looks as generic as a top-loading washing machine, and 2) we particular dig the turbocharged Cobalt SS, one of the performance bargains of the decade. » Read more..