Which City Has the 'Greenest' Car Shoppers?

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When it comes to eco-conscious car shoppers, the Golden State is the greenest. From SoCal to the Central Coast to NorCal, California lays claim to seven of the top 10 places on Cars.com's annual "Greenest Car Shoppers" list, up from five last year. The greater West Coast accounts for two more spots, while only one non-Western locale — Charlottesville, Va. — made this year's roster. Data is compiled based on Cars.com visitors’ searches for hybrid and electric vehicles.

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"While California continues to lead in car shoppers' adoption of hybrid and electric cars, overall demand for these green cars has led car companies to make hybrids in all shapes and sizes, capable of accommodating the needs of just about any type of driver," said Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder.

Here are the top 10 greenest cities:

By Matt Schmitz | April 22, 2014 | Comments (1)

Gas Prices 14 Cents Higher Than a Year Ago

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Gas prices climbed another 5 cents the past week to a national average of $3.66 for a gallon of regular unleaded, according to Thursday's AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, and motorists in all but a handful of states saw pump prices move higher.

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Drivers in California experienced the biggest increase, AAA reported. Pump prices surged 13 cents in the past week to a statewide average of $4.20. California had the most expensive gas except for Hawaii, which averaged $4.33 as of Thursday.

By Rick Popely | April 18, 2014 | Comments (2)

Gas Prices Rise Higher Than a Year Ago

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Gas prices continued to rise in most parts of the country the past week, and for the first time since early January the national average for regular unleaded was higher than on the same date a year ago.

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The national average of $3.61 for a gallon of regular gas was 4 cents higher than on April 10, 2013, according to Thursday's AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, and the highest since early August. That ends a 14-week streak in which pump prices were lower than a year ago.

By Matt Schmitz | April 11, 2014 | Comments (7)

Honda Boosts 2015 Fit's Gas Mileage

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The redesigned 2015 Honda Fit receives a much-needed fuel economy boost over the outgoing model's wimpy 31 mpg combined rating with automatic transmission. For 2015, Honda bumps the Fit's EPA ratings as high as 36 mpg combined (33/41 mpg city/highway) on LX trim levels with the optional automatic transmission.

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New engine and transmission technology unlock the improved mileage now that the engine uses direct injection and a new continuously variable automatic transmission, which replaces a conventional five-speed automatic. Don't do the CVT cringe just yet, however; Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays was impressed by the Fit's drivability with the CVT in his review of the 2015.

By Joe Bruzek | April 10, 2014 | Comments (5)

Which 3-Row SUV Gets the Best Mileage?

$40,000 3-Row SUV Challenge Mileage Results

Squeezing fuel economy out of the three-row SUVs tested for Cars.com's $40,000 3-Row SUV Challenge is no easy task for automakers. Large people-and-cargo haulers capable of carrying eight and towing up to 5,000 pounds or more aren't really conducive for saving gas.

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Efforts to raise fuel-economy numbers mean there are a variety of fuel-saving technologies in the seven SUVs we tested. Our mileage drive put these features — including efficient transmissions, cylinder deactivation, Eco modes, sleek aerodynamics and weight savings — to the test.

By Joe Bruzek | April 6, 2014 | Comments (3)

Gas Prices Impact Driving Habits Less

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Fewer Americans are reducing how much they drive because of gas prices, which average $3.57 for a gallon of regular unleaded, 7 cents less than a year ago, AAA said Thursday.

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In a telephone survey conducted by AAA, 53 percent of motorists said they are changing their driving habits or lifestyle to offset higher gas prices. A year ago, when pump prices averaged $3.64, 68 percent said they were reducing the amount of driving they do.

By Rick Popely | April 4, 2014 | Comments (6)

Which Luxury Cars Don't Recommend or Require Premium Gas?

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Want a luxury car without having to pay for premium gas? We can't blame you. As of March 21, a gallon of premium averaged $3.87 nationwide, according to AAA. That's 35 cents more than a gallon of the cheap stuff. Drive 15,000 miles a year at 25 mpg, and the premium, er, premium adds up to $210.

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Luxury brands often charge extra — sometimes absurd amounts — for premium extravagances, and gas is no exception. Most luxury-car owners are accustomed to paying extra for premium fuel, which higher-compression engines often prefer. Still, most engines today can adapt ignition timing to account for less-than-premium gasoline at a slight cost to performance. That's why makers of many luxury cars that take premium gas merely recommend it for full power. Unless yours requires it — something that relatively few stipulate, even in the luxury crowd — you won't damage the engine by filling up with 87-octane.

But what if you want a luxury car that makes all its advertised power without any premium preference? We talked to company representatives, combed through specs and downloaded more owners manuals than we can count. And yes, we found a handful of luxury cars that actually recommend the cheap stuff.

Here they are:

By Kelsey Mays | March 31, 2014 | Comments (3)

Gas Prices Taper Off After Steady Climb

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Increases in gas and diesel fuel prices slowed in many parts of the country during the past week, a welcome respite from a steady climb in pump prices that began in early February.

The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas was $3.54, the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said Thursday. That's one penny more than a week ago and 11 cents more than a month ago. The national average for diesel fuel was $3.98, unchanged from a week ago and one cent less than a month ago.

By Rick Popely | March 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

AAA Study: Extreme Cold Has Chilling Effect on EV Range

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When it comes to all-electric vehicles, the primary source of apprehension for most would-be buyers is range, and logically so. After all, once your EV's battery runs out of juice, unless you happen to be pulling into a charging station at that very moment, that's as far as you're going — at least until the tow truck shows up. While good planning can prevent that scenario, EV drivers must also account for the sometimes-dramatic swings in range caused by varying weather conditions, especially extreme cold.

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A new study released this month by AAA found that EV range can be reduced by as much as 57 percent based on the outside temperature. At the AAA Automotive Research Center in Southern California, researchers conducted a simulation to measure the driving range of three all-electric vehicles in cold, moderate and hot weather, and temperature played a major role in driving range for all three.

By Matt Schmitz | March 28, 2014 | Comments (17)

Gas Prices Continue to Climb

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The national average price for gasoline continued to climb the past week, moving up 3 cents a gallon to $3.53 for regular unleaded, but some states experienced much larger increases.

Prices jumped by 12 cents in Kentucky to $3.59 a gallon, the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report showed Thursday. Texans saw pump prices rise 8 cents a gallon to a statewide average of $3.34. Regular unleaded increased by 7 cents in Alabama and 6 cents in Arkansas, Mississippi and Virginia, though those states still ranked among places with lower pump prices. The statewide average was $3.28 in Mississippi, $3.29 in Alabama, and $3.33 in Arkansas and Virginia.

South Carolina had the cheapest gas at $3.24, followed by Montana, $3.27, and Tennessee and Mississippi, $3.28.

By Rick Popely | March 21, 2014 | Comments (2)

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