The EPA’s annual fuel economy report showed a continued slow climb in the number of miles an average vehicle can travel on a gallon of gas, with 2018’s fleetwide figure expected to come in at 25.4 mpg. Weighted for sales, the picture might not be as rosy, as moar light trucks and fewer cars conspire to ensure real-world stasis. But one man’s stable is not a fleet, so let’s judge our actions on an individual basis. How efficient is your current vehicle compared to your first? Yours truly will go first, so prepare yourselves for some staid economy action. My first vehicle was the oft-mentioned base 2.2-liter Sundance with a gigantic fuel gauge standing in place of a tachometer. That gauge, ahem, wouldn’t have served much use. The grandfather clock-sized fuel indicator did, however, alert young Steph to the fact that his small green coupe rarely achieved its EPA ambitions, regardless of driving style. For some time, sticky valves and a catalytic convertor … [Read more...] about QOTD: Making Progress at the Pump?
We’re on an MPG kick this morning, so let’s keep it going. The polarizing 2019 Chevrolet Silverado received plenty of press on these digital pages, though not all of it was praise. The revamped model’s face was only surpassed in volume of styling criticism after its big HD brother showed up. While General Motors talked up the model’s fuel-saving technologies, weight savings, and new four-cylinder turbo in a big way upon the pickup’s launch, lesser trims soldier on with older engines and a transmission bearing fewer cogs. That’s not unusual for entry-level models aimed at contractors and the like, but the new base trucks differ from their forebears in more than just looks. They also “boast” significantly worse fuel economy. Now that the EPA has seen fit to bestow a fuel economy rating upon each member of the Silverado family, the differences become obvious. A rear-drive 2018 Silverado with GM’s 4.3-liter V6 and six-speed automatic … [Read more...] about Getting That V6 Chevrolet Silverado Will Cost You At the Pumps
Tips To Keep MPG & Safety Coming From Your Rubber Regular tire maintenance and care save you a lot by boosting fuel economy. It not only saves your money, but also can be a lifesaver. Most individuals tend to overlook this part of a car as they do not know that the tires are as important as other parts of the vehicle. For starters, regular care and maintenance can extend the lifespan of the tires so that you do not have to keep replacing them often. You can learn more about the care tips and how they can improve the car’s tires lifespan on supercars.net. Doing simple checkups, such as checking the tire pressure to ensure that they are well-inflated, can make a tremendous difference in how long the tires last. Over or under inflated tires wear unevenly, and this shortens their lifespan. The pressure is on–check it! [Michelin photo]It saves your money. This is because you do not have to use the money to replace the tires as often. Also, it saves you gas money. Worn tires … [Read more...] about 7 Regular Tire Maintenance Tips
Though it's not quite at the top of the sales pyramid for its segment, the Chevrolet Equinox has benefited from American consumers' wholehearted embrace of crossovers, with sales of nearly 2 million units since its launch in 2009. It's now the second best-selling model for Chevy after the Silverado pickup. Chevrolet introduced an all-new third-generation version of its flagship crossover for 2018, giving it a sleeker, more sculpted exterior look that's more in line with other Chevrolet car models and shaving 400 pounds off the vehicle's total weight, a 10 percent reduction. Coupled with its efficient trio of newly turbocharged engines, that adds up to impressive gains in fuel economy (more on that later). There's also new technology including a Safety Alert seat, surround-view cameras, low-speed automatic braking and forward collision warning. It comes with a standard 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that loses 12 horsepower from the outgoing engine but tacks on 31 more pound-feet of … [Read more...] about 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Buying Guide
The Ford Escape is right in the thick of the compact SUV segment, with rivals including the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. The Escape is perfectly suited to SUV buyers who don't want to give up car-like driving manners. Handling is fun and sporty, something you don't often encounter in the sport-utility segment, no matter size or price point. The ride is firmer than some alternatives, however. Changes for the 2018 Escape are minimal. A new trim level – the SEL – is squeezed between the existing SE and range-topping Titanium trim. The Escape's most powerful engine, a 245 horsepower four-cylinder, is now only available in Titanium trim. Here you'll find all the information needed to make an educated buying decision if you're considering a 2018 Ford Escape, including safety and reliability ratings, engine specs, horsepower, fuel economy ratings and pricing. We'll also summarize what Autoblog's professional auto reviewers think of the … [Read more...] about 2018 Ford Escape Buying Guide