Browsing articles tagged with " 2013"
Jul 16, 2012
Chris Salamone

Focus ST Grabs 32 MPG Per EPA

The shrewd folks in Dearborn seem to be batting 1000 lately, especially with regard to the company’s EcoBoosted lineup. Turns out the incoming 2013 Ford Focus ST is a good deal more fuel efficient than even hot hatch enthusiasts could have dreamed. The EPA estimates that the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost-equipped Focus ST will achieve 32 mpg highway, 23 mpg city and 26 mpg combined.

In case anyone is still interested in cross shopping, which seems sort of unnecessary at this point, that’s significantly better than the MazdaSpeed3 and slightly trumps the previous field-leader manual Volkswagen GTI.

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Jun 8, 2012
Chris Salamone

Fit EV Reigns MPG Supreme!

There’s no denying that consumers are fond of the Honda Fit. Time and time again, auto journos rank Honda Fit among the best subcompacts available on the market – despite a virtually un-updated design since 2007. But one of the major drawbacks of Honda’s popular people mover, especially relative to newer subcompacts, is fuel economy. The standard Fit achieves a mere 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, both woefully inadequate in a category of vehicles topped with 40+ mpg stars.

Interestingly, though, the Honda Fit’s mpg inadequacy did not carry over to the incoming 2013 Honda Fit EV. As of today, Honda released a press statement which summed up the findings of the Environmental Protection Agency’s MPG test.

2013 Honda Fit EVs are rated to achieve 118 MPGe with a range of 82 miles, or the highest ever fuel efficiency tested by the EPA.

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Jun 1, 2012
Chris Salamone

Consumer Reports Cuts Prius C (Video)

Just days ago, Consumer Reports posted a review on YouTube of Toyota’s 2013 Prius C. Back in March the all-knowing product evaluation company completed a First Drive analysis which left viewers with a hint of foreboding – the final Consumer Reports review might be less than stellar. And so, test day has come and gone, revealing that the 2013 Toyota Prius C hybrid falls short of a coveted ‘Recommended’ rating.

Using heavy descriptors like lackluster, small, dead, noisy, underpowered, Mike Quincy, an Auto Specialist for Consumer Reports, brought the thunder in the company’s most recent review – even suggesting that buyers consider pre-owned (normal) Prius models over the more compact Prius C.

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Apr 6, 2012
Chris Salamone

Chevy Sparks Sub $13,000 Price

Consumers won’t see too many big changes in the 2013 Chevrolet model lineup, except for one little – but glaring – introduction. The Chevy Spark will be offered in a myriad of jubilant colors and at a price we won’t soon forget, which the company hopes will translate to greater sales success over industry competitors like the Scion iQ and Smart ForTwo.

The Spark arrives in three trim levels and at a starting MSRP of $12,995, including destination.

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