| Jun 12, 2014
| 12:10 PM
For the second time in a year, Ford has had to lower its fuel economy ratings on the C-Max Hybrid. This time, six models get reduced mpg ratings, including the 2014 Fiesta, 2013-14 Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in, the 2013-14 C-Max Energi plug-...
| Jun 12, 2014
Ford announced today that it is revising fuel economy ratings for six models and compensating owners of about 200,000 vehicles after internal testing revealed errors in its evaluation process. Vehicles affected include the 2013-14 C-Max Hybrid, Fusion...
| Apr 11, 2014
Competes with: Honda CR-V, Subaru Outback, Ford C-Max Hybrid Looks like: A more chiseled, carlike wagon Drivetrain: 170-horsepower, 1.8-liter turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder with five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission; 150-hp, 2.0-...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 7:15 AM
After the coffee. Before checking Jimmy Fallon's ratings.
The Skinny: Watched episode four of "House of Cards" last night. No spoiler here but I think CNN's Ashleigh Banfield got a more high-profile assignment in a fictional TV show than she ever...
| 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....
| Dec 30, 2013
"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.......
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 6:52 PM
The dominance of Japanese automakers in Consumer Reports' auto reliability ratings is starting to fade, with two European automakers and one U.S. brand placing in the top 10 this year.
Lexus, Toyota Motor Corp.'s luxury division, scored the top spot...