Posts tagged "fuel economy"

Jill vs. the Chevrolet Cruze ... again

Those of you who follow me know that I’ve had an ongoing battle with the Chevrolet Cruze and my fuel economy. So, when I ended up in a low-mileage 2013 Chevrolet Cruze as a rental car, I figured I’d see if I could do any better this time. And I encouraged my tweeps to make... Read more »

Photo Gallery: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

The Chevrolet Sonic has been around for about a year now, but this is the first chance I’ve had to spend some quality time with the vehicle. You’d think Chevy was hiding it from me or something. And I have no idea why they’d do that because what I have to say is this: The... Read more »

Today's Rave: Toyota Prius c trip summary

Today's Rave: Toyota Prius c trip summary
My first drive in the Toyota Prius c was a 300-mile straight shot between Chicago and Lima, Ohio. And I was more than ready to get out of the car by the time I got there. So, I missed the Trip Summary that appears when you shut off the car. Then every time I shut... Read more »
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Nissan Juke is almost an ideal Chicago car

I know it’s not the most attractive vehicle out there. But I prefer to call the Nisan Juke quirky rather than ugly. Or if you must use a “u” word … How about unique? Not buying it? Let’s see if I can convince you. In terms of utility, the Juke is both compact and functional.... Read more »

Day 2: Living to tell about the Ford F-150 Fuel Challenge

Day 2: Living to tell about the Ford F-150 Fuel Challenge
It’s official: I am not buzzard bait. I made it through my time with the CleanMPG guys without being left on the side of the road. In fact, of the 5 drivers who took turns at the wheel during the first 2 days, I was solidly in the middle. Beating, I’d like to point out,... Read more »

Where was I when I heard about Osama? In a Ford F-150

If you have been following my Tweets, posts or Facebook page, you know that I am currently coming off a fuel challenge road trip with the CleanMPG crew in a Ford F-150 with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. At 9.30 p.m. last night, I was somewhere between Williams, Ariz., and Santa Rosa, N.M. No radio. No... Read more »
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Fuel saving tips from a (reformed?) lead foot

Jill performs her first “fas” in the 2011 Ford F150 without blinking. In a 24-hour period, I’ve been pushed across a street though I wasn’t truly stalled. I’ve popped a car in neutral and flipped the ignition to accessory mode and coasted for more than 16 minutes. And I’ve crawled at 5 mph from newly... Read more »

Today's Rant: Infiniti QX56 fuel economy

My very first drive in the Infiniti QX56 was a relatively normal one in my book. A 45-minute commute from Logan Square to Hoffman Estates. Traffic was stop and go from Kimball through Harlem, then it was smooth sailing at speed all the way up through the Jane Addams to the Barrington exit. I averaged... Read more »