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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 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..

New Official Fuel Economy Labels for 2013

2013 Fuel Economy Label

2013 Fuel Economy Label (image: fueleconomy.gov)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released their next-generation fuel economy window stickers for 2013. They are not just more informative but also address the expanding myriad of car types being released to the marketplace (e.g., gasoline and diesel vehicles; plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, or PHEV; and all-electric vehicles). » Read more..

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

2011 Ford Fiesta SE

2011 Ford Fiesta SE Sedan (Photo: Ford)

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 level (base MSRP: $14,520) equipped with the optional 6-speed dual-clutch Powershift automated transmission (no torque converter) and standard 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine.

The EPA estimated gas mileage for this trim level is 28 mpg city and 37 highway. How much did we achieve at the end of the 283 mile journey? According to the car’s onboard trip computer, 47.3 miles per gallon! » Read more..

Sports cars offer MPG cure for SUV blues

A bicycle in the trunk of a fifth-generation Chevrolet Corvette.

Several sporty, high-performance automobiles such as the Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche Boxster and Lotus Elise can get 28 or 29 miles per gallon on the highway according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), making sports cars a viable choice for those seeking high gas mileage along with style, status, and fun.

In contrast, the similarly-priced Hummer H2 gets at best 13 mpg, according to dealers. A Cadillac Escalade sports utility vehicle achieves only 18 mpg on the highway per the EPA. Even the 4Runner SUV by Toyota—a company often associated in the minds of the public with good fuel economy—is rated at just 22 mpg for a two-wheel drive, six-cylinder base model. » Read more..