Nissan’s Leaf has a long way to go to expand beyond its status as a niche commuter car. Sales have been underwhelming, even with cheap lease offers, leading some to declare the Leaf an overpriced, impractical flop. Will this …
The average fuel economy of new vehicles rose 6% in 2012, and cars are expected to use less and less gas going forward. Isn’t that a good thing?
The consensus among auto insiders is that hybrid cars that run on battery and gas have a much brighter future than vehicles powered by electricity alone. And hotter still in the decade or so ahead? Cars that just use plain old gas.
The current national average for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.30. Drivers shouldn’t expect prices to get cheaper at any point in 2013.
Hurray! Drivers are now seeing the year’s cheapest prices at the pump. Let’s not get carried away and actually declare these prices truly “cheap,” however.
By now, drivers should know that auto mpg claims can be exaggerated. If you buy a car that’s listed as getting 47 mpg, you might be satisfied with, say, an average of 45 mpg. But 37 mpg?
Low prices are sure to draw in consumers during the ultra-competitive holiday shopping season. But cheap deals are hardly the only strategy being used by stores to woo consumers.
A recent mini-scandal reveals what many drivers have long suspected: The gas mileage claims listed prominently on the windows of new cars can be overstated. Unfortunately, this may not be an isolated incident.
We’ve come a long way. For much of 2012, drivers have been paying 10¢, sometimes 25¢ more per gallon than the same time in 2011—which was the priciest year ever for gasoline.