Posts Tagged ‘40 mpg cars’
February 22nd, 2013
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.
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February 15th, 2013
The new 2013 Chevrolet Spark is the smallest Chevrolet production vehicle ever built, but General Motors has high hopes for its 38-mpg five-passenger mini-car. Why, exactly?
The Spark has not been a runaway hit, but in a segment that didn’t exist 5 years ago, its 2,000+ monthly sales volume is strong. But better still for GM’s bottom line, the car is bringing buyers into the Chevy ecosystem that would not have considered the brand’s other products.
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February 13th, 2013
For the first time in nearly 3 decades, General Motors will offer a diesel-powered passenger car in the U.S. with the introduction of the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, coming later in 2013 priced from $25,695.
Chevrolet has offered its 2.0-liter turbodiesel on the Cruze in European markets for some time now, with the oil-burning engine now seeing some emissions and durability upgrades to better suit U.S. drivers. The common-rail, direct-injection diesel produces 148 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque, with an on-demand overboost function raising torque to 280 lb-ft. for 10 seconds of extra passing power.
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January 14th, 2013
The sporty, Alfa Romeo-derived 2013 Dodge Dart has won its fair share of acclaim with critics and owners, a long list of appealing features led by three powerful four-cylinder engine choices and one of the most spacious and well-trimmed interiors in the compact class.
If you’re tired of seeing the same Civic or Corolla everywhere you go and want something that will stand out while still returning good fuel efficiency, Dodge has you covered. The Dart Aero, with its sophisticated 1.4-liter Multi-Air turbocharged engine, attains up to 41 highway mpg. The Dart, which was designed through a partnership with Chrysler and Fiat, is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
Dodge has extended its $750 customer cash incentive on 2013 Dart SXT, Aero, Rallye and Limited for another month, so don’t worry if you missed out on the savings in 2012.
This offer is now good through Feb. 4, 2013.
[Configure and price your own 2013 Dodge Dart here.]
December 3rd, 2012
Honda’s nipped, tucked and revised 2013 Civic is now on sale, sporting a host of changes to improve upon the redesigned 2012 model that received a rather ho-hum reaction, despite strong sales. “The Big H” listened to customer feedback that the new compact sedan was too bland both inside and out, lacked the polish of the previous 8th-generation model and felt isolated on the road.
Here’s a summary of what’s new (from Honda’s official press release):
Summary of Changes for 2013
• Completely revised front and rear exterior styling (Sedan)
• Enhanced standard feature content on all model grades
• Recalibrated suspension and steering
• Extensive new NVH reduction features
• Revised interior styling including soft-touch materials
• Next-gen Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ II (ACE™ II) body structure
• Standard rearview camera
• Standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
• Standard Bluetooth® Audio
• Standard Pandora® Interface
• Standard USB/iPod® interface
• Standard SMS text message functionality
• Available Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems
• Two new exterior colors: White Orchid Pearl and Kona Coffee Metallic
• New interior color: Black
Seeing the car in person, we can attest to the fact that the exterior design looks much more dynamic. Inside, the story is even better, with new standard feature content making even the base DX model one of the best-equipped cars in the class. The dash and door panels are now soft to the touch, interior color schemes have been given a once-over and high-tech safety features like Forward Collision Warning make a stronger case to choose Civic over the competing Hyundai Elantra and Ford Focus. We’re anxious to drive the new car to see how much “sharpened steering and suspension responses” really make a difference.
Pricing goes up $160 at each trim level for 2013, now starting at $18,165 plus a $795 destination fee. Make a trip to the Los Angeles Auto Show (Nov. 30-Dec.9), or your local Honda dealer, to see the revised model for yourself.