As gas prices continue to rise, it is not surprising that many drivers are downsizing to a used compact or going green with a pre-owned hybrid. That trend is driving up the cost of used compact and hybrid cars on the market, according to Kelley Blue Book. Values spike in last week of February KBB Read on! →


Aside from the reality of how much money you’ll be paying on your auto loan over the next five years, buying a new car is very exciting. Purchase price is always important to consider, but don’t stop there. Things such as fuel costs, maintenance and repair costs over that five-year period after purchase must be Read on! →


Fuel efficiency is at an all-time premium as gas tops $4 per gallon and people are willing to pay top-dollar to save. However, a small number of people protest that hybrids and other cars that demand premium prices for savings are really a waste of money. Hybrid moments Most people think that hybrid cars, because Read on! →


Fuel economy is at an all-time premium, but paying a premium for greater fuel efficiency does not always lead to a savings over the long term. Consumer Reports, as others have, recently found in an eco-model round-up that the fuel savings don’t cover the efficiency premium. Short term versus long term Fuel prices have been Read on! →


Most people think that in order to get 40 miles per gallon or better, one has to buy a hybrid. However, with the fuel efficiency arms race among car makers, there are a bevy cars that get 40 mpg without hybrid technology. CAFE racing The fuel efficiency arms race is partially thanks to rising CAFE Read on! →


Gas prices traditionally go up in the spring time, but it is only March and the nation’s pump numbers are at near-record highs. It sure makes it hard for a driving enthusiast to enjoy feeling the asphalt rushing underneath the tires. Still, it is clear that adjustments need to be made in favor of fuel Read on! →


Chrysler has decided to shelve its announced plans to install a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox in new Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200 models. The company does not believe American buyers will accept the rougher feel of its gear shifting, and therefore the fuel-saving new transmissions are on indefinite hold. Performance trashed by Consumer Reports A similar Read on! →


The Daily Caller reports that new presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty told Corn Belt Iowans Monday that ethanol subsidies must cease. The former Minnesota governor’s “Time for Truth” campaign claims that “bailouts, handouts and carve-outs” are financially irresponsible. Intellectual Takeout points out that ethanol fuel supporters cling to the renewable fuel argument, but enough criticisms of Read on! →


Recently, Mazda announced that the company is testing an engine that will get 70 miles per gallon. The Ford Motor Company had a similar announcement with plans for a 45 mpg engine in the Focus. Neither engine is attached to a hybrid car, but the engines do provide high efficiency within an internal combustion engine, Read on! →