Fuel economy

New Mileage Standards Would Double Fuel Efficiency

To meet the standard, automakers will need to introduce new technology to improve gasoline-powered engines. And they'll need to sell more alternative fuel vehicles. Critics say the rules will add thousands to the price of new cars and make them unaffordable for many.

5 Ways to Keep Hurricane Isaac from Blowing Your Gas Bill Higher

As Hurricane Isaac heads for the Gulf Coast, several oil refineries might have to temporarily shut down, which could drive up gas prices. To help you avoid that extra pain at the pump, we're revisiting some of our best advice on how to keep gas bills under control.

40 Miles Per Gallon Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be

Fuel efficiency is on the mind of a lot of car shoppers these days, and automakers have responded with more vehicles that get 40 miles per gallon -- or better. But that great mileage may not be a great deal for your wallet.

AAA: Motorists Tolls Used for Roads They Don't Use

Tolls are increasingly being diverted to pay for transportation projects and other expenses unrelated to roadways, bridges and tunnels used by the motorists who pay the fees, the nation's largest auto club said Wednesday.

Tomorrow's Camaro: How GM Will Tone Up Classic Muscle Car

General Motors really wants you to love the Chevy Volt, but the GM car everyone actually lusts after is the Camaro. Now, with automakers under pressure to improve fuel economy, GM faces a challenge -- how to update a gas-guzzling icon for a greener world.

Why BP Will Never Be Great Again

BP has big problems, and not just because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the $20 billion compensation fund it set up to pay the victims. The petro-giant has been missing Wall Street's profit targets lately, thanks to sloppy operations and a general trend toward lower gasoline consumption.

How to Put Your Gas Savings into Overdrive

If you're among the 39 million Americans on the road for the Fourth of July weekend, you're burning up hard-earned money with every mile. Pump prices were still averaging a hefty $3.55 a gallon across the nation for regular on July 1, so it's time to fuel up on gas-saving tips.

Strategies to Get a Good Deal This Car-Buying Season

Summer is car buying season, but this year, it's a sellers market. Between the Japanese earthquake, high gas prices and a shaky economy, you'll have to work harder than ever to score a deal on the vehicle you want. But it can be done, and we've got advice from the experts on you how can do it.

Now Is the Best Time in Years to Sell Your Used Car

Used vehicle prices are at 16-year highs, making it as good a time as there's been in a while to sell your car. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you're selling, as well as some savvy moves for landing your next vehicle in today's complicated car market.

More Gas Saving Ideas: Suggestions From Left Field

We've already shared some ideas from our readers on ways to economize, squeeze extra miles out of your tank, and find surprising discounts. In the final part of this series, we'll take a peek at some of the more unusual methods that you offer for reducing pain at the pump.

Gas Discounts and Diets: More Fuel-Saving Tips

Our first collection of readers' gas-saving suggestions looked at methods to help you cut Next, we covered methods for squeezing extra miles out of every tank. This time, DailyFinance looks at discounts and other ways that drivers can actually pay less for each gallon of fuel.

Ease Pain at Pump With Gas Station Credit Cards?

The average American family will spend about $825 more for gas in 2011 than it did in 2010. But for every pain there is a pill, and in this case, a partial cure for the fill-'er-up blues may be to sign up for a gas station credit card.

How to Go Farther on Less Fuel

Two weeks ago, DailyFinance asked our readers for their advice on how to save money at the pump. In the more than 1,500 responses that followed, we found a lot of creative solutions. Today, we look at maintenance and new-vehicle options that will help you go farther on less fuel.

Unusual Cures for Pain at the Gas Pump

It's almost automatic: As soon as gas prices go up, the media rushes to offer suggestions for saving money on fuel. But rather than recycling all the old familiar ideas, DailyFinance asked its readers for their best suggestions to reduce pain at the pump, and you gave us some unusual options.

How Hyundai Turned a Corner in the U.S.

Despite tepid industry sales last year, sister South Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia set sales records, thanks to savvy designs and sophisticated engineering. They've come a long way from their early econo-box image. Now, if they could just do as well at home.

GM Withdraws $14 Billion Federal Loan Application

Back in 2009, General Motors applied to the Department of Energy for $14.4 billion in loans to help it manufacture more fuel-efficient vehicles. Today, with the automaker making big strides in turning around its business, GM said it no longer needs or wants the money.

Fuel Efficiency Is Top Priority for Car Buyers Worldwide

Fuel efficiency remains the top concern among new car buyers around the world, which is likely to boost demand for hybrid and electric vehicles, according to a report from KPMG. But the survey of senior auto-industry executives worldwide also showed that many have serious concerns about such vehicles' affordability.

GM Pins Big Hopes on New Chevy Cruze

underwhelming Chevy Cobalt, a model that had a hard time competing with the likes of Toyota's Corolla and Ford's Focus, new versions of which are due in coming months. A coming manual transmission model will have a 40-mpg highway rating.

New Fuel Economy Labels Proposed for Electric Cars

For everyone who wants to know how fuel efficient electric and hybrid cars really are compared to traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, the EPA has released two fuel-economy label proposals Monday that would translate electricity usage into an equivalent in miles per gallon.

What's the Volt's MPG? There's No Easy Answer

Have your calculator and utility bill handy if you're keen on buying a Chevy Volt (or Nissan LEAF) and want to compare fuel costs between electric and gasoline cars. The EPA is still grappling with how to provide consumers with ratings comparable to the familiar MPG labels.

At $41,000, Will Buyers Plug Into Chevy's Volt?

GM has finally put a sticker price on its much anticipated plug-in electric hybrid. Granted, a hefty federal tax credit will defray the cost, but the Volt carries a premium price. GM's challenge now is convincing consumers the Volt is worth it.

Nissan Starts Taking Orders for All-Electric Leaf

Some 115,000 people have signed up at Nissan's website to get more information about the all-electric Leaf compact sedan, which goes on sale in December. Those folks, and anyone else who registers at the site by the end of Tuesday, can sign up to be among the first to own one of the zero-emission vehicles.