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Your Best – and Worst – High-Mileage Car Deals

Some cars save your gas – but cost an arm and a leg.

by on Apr.16, 2012

The 2012 Mazda3 was the maker's first model to use the new SkyActiv technology.

The recent run-up in fuel prices has put the spotlight on hybrids, battery cars and other high-mileage vehicles.  But while it may sound great to get 40, even 50 miles a gallon, are you spending an arm and a leg to save far less than you might expect on your annual gasoline bill?

Some hybrids carry a premium that can push up to $5,000 or more.  The penalty is even higher with plug-ins and pure battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs.  Even on many “eco” models using relatively conventional gasoline power you could be in for a stiff price penalty.  But is it worth it?

Not necessarily, if you’re simply trying to save money and not really worried about going “green.”  But there are some models that minimize your up-front investment and deliver you savings fast.

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“The price of gas has consumers thinking about fuel economy but there’s a financial investment involved with most of these fuel-saving packages,” says Jesse Toprak, Vice President of Market Intelligence at “It’s important to compare the improvements in fuel economy and the extra costs of the package before purchasing a new vehicle.”


Clean Diesel Sales Outpace Market Recovery

Diesel demand outpacing hybrids.

by on Jan.16, 2012

Porsche will introduce its first U.S. diesel in an upcoming version of its big Cayenne SUV.

Battery technology may be generating the headlines but diesels appear to be grabbing the buyers.

U.S. diesel sales grew by more than 27% last year and could post another big jump in 2012, industry officials forecast, with a number of makers adding the high-mileage technology to their line-ups.  Among those who are planning to add diesels to their line-up this year are Chrysler, General Motors and Porsche, while other makers, including Nissan, could follow.

“Without a doubt, 2011 was a key year for the industry’s effort to reestablish clean diesel automobiles in the United States,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.

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Overall, diesels accounted for more than 3% of the U.S. automotive market last year, with all battery-electric, plug-in and conventional hybrid models combined generating just over 2%.

The diesel market can loosely be divided into two distinct segments: pickup trucks making up the largest, though passenger cars, SUVs and crossovers are rapidly gaining new converts, the data suggest.


First Look: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

Hybrid mileage without the hybrid?

by on Mar.28, 2010

Chevrolet claims the 2011 Cruze Eco will deliver 40 mpg on the highway.

There’s a downside to buying a hybrid.  Sure, you get significantly better fuel economy, but that’s offset by the premium you pay for a hybrid powertrain.

But Chevrolet claims you can get the added mileage without that penalty from the 2011 Chevy Cruze Eco.

Set to debut at the upcoming New York International Auto Show, the Cruze Eco delivers an estimaed 40 mpg on the highway, making it best-in-class among gasoline-powered compact offerings.

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco is powered by a turbocharged version of Chevy’s 1.4-liter Ecotec inline-four and mated to a six-speed manual transmission.  (The automatic is expected to get slightly less than 40 mpg.)

Of course, highway mileage is only part of the picture, but Chevy won’t be releasing fuel economy figures for the City cycle, or for the Eco with an automatic gearbox, until closer to the car’s launch, later this year.

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To achieve what is still a significant highway mileage milestone, Chevrolet engineers put a premium on aerdynamics. Among other things, the 2011 Cruze Eco features: A lower front grille shutter that closes at higher speeds; A lower front air dam extension, underbody panels and a rear spoiler; Lower ride height; Special tires designed to minimize rolling resistance.   (more…)