Why am I spending more for gas? Motorists are paying hundreds of pounds more than they might expect to fill up their cars because “fuel economy figures are overstated,”- a report claims. And it is some of the cars that trade most on their ‘green’ and fuel-efficient eco credentials where the gaps between the official figures and reality are greatest, according to the study. It means that at a time of record pump prices, drivers end up spending on fuel bills they hadn’t bargained for.
SUBARU is stepping up their game. In addition to fuel efficiency and driving dynamics, RoadFly’s Ten Best Green Cars of 2012 also factored in each vehicle’s overall environmental impact, and all candidates had to be new for the 2012 model year. The chosen vehicles varied widely in MSRP, segment and target market, ranging from the moderately priced to the luxurious. No SUVs appeared on this year’s list.
To achieve its award-winning fuel efficiency, “the 2012 Subaru Impreza houses a 2.0-liter Boxer engine under the hood.” Mating that 148-horsepower powerplant to a continuously variable transmission maximizes the Impreza’s fuel economy, but drivers can go with the standard five-speed manual gearbox for more control over the car’s ride. All-wheel drive is standard across all trims, meaning all Impreza owners have more control in inclement weather and on unpaved roads.
I Personally drive a Chevy Malibu, this is my second one in 5 years and I was happy to read As American drivers look for ways to pay less at the pump and stretch a gallon of gasoline over more miles, “Kansas City-area auto workers are playing a driving role.”
The General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kan., is where workers build the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse. The employees there are also the first GM workers to build cars with cutting-edge technology designed to boost the fuel economy of mid-sized cars. Cars with the technology are expected to get 37 mpg on the highway.
Now For Some Fun and still be Fuel Efficient At 662 HP. The all-new supercharged 5.8-liter powerplant in the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 has been officially SAE-certified as the most powerful series production V8 in the world with peak output of 662 horsepower and 631 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s more power and torque than low volume sports cars costing tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars more than the GT500, which is the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its segment. -“In fact the 2013 GT500 is the most fuel-efficient car with over 550 horsepower in any segment available in America.”
Unlike high-strung engines found in much more expensive exotic supercars, the GT500 engine generates its massive thrust throughout its operating range with 395 lb.-ft. of torque available just off idle at 1,000 rpm. More than 90 percent of the peak torque is available from 2,200 to 5,800 rpm so that no matter when you squeeze the go pedal, the GT500 will just get up and run.
I hope you enjoyed this overview of how fuel efficient cars will hep us at the fuel pump of the future.