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Last week I mentioned that I've always thought of my car's fuel usage in terms of miles per gallon (mpg). I don't think that's particularly unusual for any car owner to think that way. In fact, until recently, a car's miles per gallon rating for highway and city driving were the prominent numbers displayed on a new car's window sticker. But as more auto manufacturers begin to adopt the new fuel economy labels from the EPA, you're going to begin seeing some new metrics. One of those new... See more »

How will temperature affect MPGe?

As every driver in colder regions of the world knows, a low temperature can make it harder to start your car - but why? See more »

For about the past 30 years or so, fuel economy labels created by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have remained basically unchanged. You know the label we're talking about here, right? The oversized stickers that are plastered to the window of every new car and truck on the dealer lot. Those are actually called Monroney stickers, named for Senator Almer Stillwell "Mike" Monroney, a Democrat from Oklahoma who pushed for the Automobile Information Disclosure Act of 1958. Anyway, those familiar window stickers are currently undergoing a major facelift, and some of the information... See more »

If you're like me, you probably tend to think about your car's fuel consumption in terms of miles per gallon (or maybe kilometers per liter) rather than the total distance you can travel without stopping to fill up. And that's fine -- as long as you're driving a conventional, gasoline- or diesel-powered car or truck. But now that there are a few plug-in hybrid options available to us, we have some other important numbers to consider: all-electric range and total range. All-electric range is just what it sounds like -- in fact, it's probably the number that attracted you to... See more »