| Oct 28, 2013
| 9:45 AM
The dominance of Japanese automakers in Consumer Reports' annual auto reliability ratings is starting to fade, with two European automakers and one U.S. brand securing places in the top 10 of the 2013 rankings.
Lexus – the luxury division of...
| Nov 2, 2013
The Honda Accord covered my 11-mile morning commute to downtown Los Angeles, downhill on the 110 Freeway, without burning a single drop of gas. In the evening, I made it halfway back before the gasoline engine tapped the tank.
In all, the plug-in hybrid...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 2:54 PM
Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America, the U.S. sales arms of the sibling South Korean automakers, said Monday they have reached a settlement in class-action litigation over inflating the fuel economy claims for their vehicles.
Hyundai will offer...
| Apr 15, 2013
Tires carry a wealth of information on their sidewalls; unfortunately, it's all in code. Most of it is of no concern to many owners, but it can be valuable for those who want to know the seasons for which their tires are intended, those who plan to...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Netflix has struck a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution for streaming rights to reruns of "New Girl," the Fox network's sitcom starring Zooey Deschanel.
While neither Netflix nor Twentieth would disclose terms of the agreement, a...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 9:17 AM
"Actual results will vary for many reasons," says the fine print below the EPA gas mileage on any new car's Monroney sticker. The sticker then lists a few of them: driving conditions, driving style, vehicle maintenance.
There's one more: ethanol....
| Aug 15, 2013
| 2:54 PM
Bowing to criticism that its C-Max hybrid didn’t get the fuel economy claimed on its window sticker, Ford Motor Co. has restated the compact car’s mileage ratings and said it will issue special payments to people who own the vehicle.
| Dec 21, 2013
| 6:49 AM
This is a column I have put off for weeks, because it makes me sad to write it. And ultimately, it begs an answer, which I am not sure I have.
But with the year ending, I can no longer avoid it. After decades of writing about television and media, this...
| Aug 15, 2013
Ford will lower EPA mileage on the C-Max hybrid to 43 mpg in combined city/highway ratings ??? a drop of 4 mpg compared with today's 47-mpg rating. The automaker will announce full details at a press conference later this afternoon,......
| Jul 18, 2013
Beginning in August, Ford will recalibrate various drivetrain, climate-control and accessory systems to improve real-world gas mileage in the 2013 C-Max Hybrid, 2013 Fusion Hybrid and 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. The changes should help drivers "see the...
| Dec 27, 2013
In November 2012, an EPA investigation and consumer watchdog complaints led Hyundai and Kia to restate gas mileage on more than two dozen 2011, 2012 and 2013 models. The affiliated Korean automakers conceded interpretation errors on EPA procedures and...