Chevy has a brand-new addition to its award-winning Cruze compact sedan lineup for the 2014 model year. It’s got a ton of torque, all the comforts of the standard Cruze model, and can easily net you in excess of 50 mpg on the highway. How is this possible? GM has turned to the compact to introduce its new clean-burning 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine to U.S. buyers, the first diesel-powered passenger car from the General since the 1980s.
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Ford Motor Company has announced a free software update offered to owners of all 77,000 or so model-year 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford C-MAX Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid cars that will improve real-world fuel efficiency.
Responding to early adopters’ concerns that these cars have trouble attaining their EPA-estimated fuel efficiency ratings (47 combined mpg for the C-MAX and Fusion, 45 combined for the MKZ), Ford has made a number of changes to its hybrid system.
After the redesigned 9th-generation Honda Civic debuted to a lukewarm critical reception for the 2012 model year, Honda knew its once-industry-standard compact needed some work to stay competitive with vastly improved models like the Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze and Hyundai Elantra. But a chintzy interior and rather boring exterior design didn’t stop buyers from voting with their wallets: the Civic was 2012′s best-selling compact car, beating out the Toyota Corolla for the first time since 2002.
With today’s automakers taking great pains to reduce weight and advance in fuel efficiency, it makes logical sense to think that small, light and cheap compact cars would outperform their larger family-midsize counterparts when it comes to the all-important mpg. Not so fast, says a new comprehensive study from Consumer Reports.
Hyundai has completely revamped its Hybrid Blue Drive gas-electric system found in the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid midsize sedan, bringing better fuel efficiency, longer periods of electric-only cruising, and even more trunk space.
The Sonata Hybrid now receives EPA-estimated fuel efficiency ratings of 36 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway and 38 mpg combined (37 combined in the Limited). If you’re counting, that’s an increase of 2 combined mpg over the outgoing 2012 car’s 34 city/39 highway/36 combined rating.