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Three Ways the Government Shutdown May Impact Car Shoppers

government shutdown With the government shutdown well into week two -- and with no end in sight -- car shoppers may want to start thinking about how furloughed feds and darkened agencies will impact their search for new wheels. While most industry experts agree that the shutdown will probably have minor, if any, repercussions on the car-buying market, they also concur that as the days add up, the shutdown will begin to affect vital automotive oversight services and consumer confidence in three distinct ways ... continue reading»

Tags: News, NHTSA, EPA, Fuel Economy

EPA Rates 2013 BMX X1 at 34 MPG Highway

According to the EPA, the all-new 2013 BMW X1 averages up to 24/34 mpg city/highway. This fuel economy rating applies to the base X1 sDrive28i, which has a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The xDrive28i comes with the same engine and transmission, but its all-wheel drive lowers its fuel economy ratings to 22/33 mpg. The xDrive35i has a more powerful 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that makes ... continue reading»

Tags: EPA, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Luxury Compact SUVs, Model News, Fuel Economy, Buick Encore, 2013 BMW X1

EPA Rates 2013 Cadillac ATS

The EPA has released fuel economy figures for the all-new 2013 Cadillac ATS, but only for one of its three powertrains. The base 202-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission averages 22/33 mpg city/highway.  The ATS offers two powertrain upgrades. The first is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 272 horsepower and is mated to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. The other option is a 321-horspeower, 3.6-liter V6 engine ... continue reading»

Tags: EPA, Model News, Fuel Economy, 2013 Cadillac ATS

2013 Honda Fit EV Gets 118 Mpg-e Rating

The Environmental Protection Agency has rated the fuel economy equivalency of the 2013 Honda Fit EV. The all-new electric car will get 132/105/118 mpg-e city/highway/combined, making it the most efficient small electric car in its class. Mpg-e (miles per gallon-equivalent) is how fuel economy is calculated for electric cars. Since electric cars use no gas, their energy consumption is displayed as a comparison to a conventional gas-powered car. In real-world driving, the Fit EV can travel ... continue reading»

Tags: EPA, Nissan LEAF, Model News, Mitsubishi i, 2013 Honda Fit EV

EPA Rates Fuel Economy of 2013 Ford Escape, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ

The EPA has released fuel economy figures for three all-new or redesigned vehicles that go on sale later this year: the 2013 Ford Escape, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. All three models will have some of the highest fuel economy ratings in their classes. The 2013 Ford Escape crossover SUV has three powertrains that have been rated by the EPA. With the Escape’s base 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine, it will average 22/31 mpg city/highway. Front-wheel drive ... continue reading»

Tags: News, EPA, Fuel Economy, 2013 Ford Escape, 2013 Scion FR S, 2013 Subaru BRZ

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