Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Gasoline Tax Map

In last week’s post about ExxonMobil’s 2013 earnings, I noted that we earned about 5.5 cents for every gallon of gasoline and other petroleum products we refined, shipped, and sold in the United States.

Consider this: The federal and state and local governments collected 40 to 60 cents per gallon in taxes.

The American Petroleum Institute just updated their map showing the combined local, state and federal tax rate in each state as of Jan. 1, when new taxes took effect.

Read more here...

Monday, July 21, 2014

10 Best Cars For Older Drivers

It is a simple fact of life: Many seniors begin having limitations long before they lose their driving ability. Age takes it toll on flexibility and vision, meaning many older drivers experience an increased challenge simply getting in and out of their vehicles and being able to see out properly.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

10 Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs

Buying an SUV doesn't mean you'll have to spend all your time at the gas station. You can still get everything you want in a sport/utility vehicle -- cargo capacity, visibility and versatility -- with fuel economy that will come as a pleasant surprise. Here are the 10 most fuel-efficient SUVs of the 2014 model year, ranked by combined mpg.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Oil From Natural Gas

Shell announced today the creation of the first-of-its kind base oil made from natural gas, the cleanest burning fossil fuel. It is called Shell PurePlus(TM) Technology, a patented process of converting natural gas into a clear base oil, which is the main component of motor oils.  
Shell PurePlus Technology is now being used to create motor oils that offer complete protection to motorists in the United States. Pennzoil Platinum® and Pennzoil Ultra® Platinum Full Synthetic motor oils are the only ones blended exclusively with these base oils.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

13 Best Motorcycles For MPG

Unlike my general disdain and subtle aggression towards street-clogging cars, overly smug Prius drivers, and bloated “crossover” SUVs, I’ve never hidden my love of 2-wheeled motor vehicles. In addition to being cheaper, faster, sexier, and (I am wholly and utterly convinced) safer than 4-wheeled “cages”, 2 wheelers typically give back more mpg than conventional cars, making fuel-efficient motorcycles a great alternative for environmentally conscious commuters who aren’t afraid to get a little wet every now and again.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

40 MPG Cars of 2014

The list of cars rated to return city/highway combined fuel economy of 40 mpg or greater is now 30 vehicles long, with more 2014 models to come as the EPA rates them. From hybrids and plug-ins to pure electric vehicles and even one gas-only entry, the list of 40+ mpg cars has never been longer or more diverse. Here they are ranked by their highest combined mpg figures.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

United States Of Used Cars

There are more than 250 million used cars on the road in the United States and every year, close to 40 million of those used cars change hands. Used-car sales volumes typically dwarf new-car sales. But how does the fleet of used cars for sale look in different parts of the country? We analyzed our database of more than 3 million current classifieds from different providers plus outside data sources to create this snapshot--the United States of Used Cars.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

5-Year Cost to Own Awards

Negotiating a good price on a new-car purchase is an important aspect of keeping your overall costs of transportation down. And we at Kelley Blue Book offer you unprecedented help in achieving that worthwhile goal. But if you negotiate a good purchase price on a vehicle that is burdened with high ownership costs, much of your effort could go to waste. The combined costs of fuel, financing, insurance and, in particular, depreciation could well eat up all the savings you fought so hard to achieve at the negotiating table.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

2014 Compact Cars

Today's compact cars might not be quite as roomy, quiet or comfortable as their midsize counterparts, but the fit, finish and features are increasingly comparable. And even if they'll always be smaller by definition, compact cars continue to get roomier, quieter and more comfortable, making them increasingly intriguing alternatives to many larger and pricier options.

Read more here...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Worst Drivers By State

Road rage, careless driving, swerving cars: these may all be things you encounter during your normal commute. And the thought “This state has got to have the worst drivers!” may cross your mind from time to time.

It’s time to update our findings with the latest driving statistics and ask once again, “Which state has the worst drivers?“. Keep in mind that not only are bad drivers aggravating and dangerous, but they contribute to increased auto insurance premiums in your State!

http://www.carinsurancecomparison.com/which-states-have-the-worst-drivers/

Monday, December 2, 2013

10 Best SUVs Under $25,000

Today's market of right-sized SUVs offers a little something for everyone: Utility, style, fuel economy, and in some cases, a healthy dose of excitement. There are also more options to choose from than a Vegas buffet, which is why we've assembled our 2014 list of the ten best SUVs under $25,000.

 http://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/best-suvs-under-25000-2014/2000009884/

Friday, November 1, 2013

Best Used Cars Under $8,000

New cars have never been more reliable, so used-car buyers have never had it so good. For the following list we first compiled all the used cars 2003 and newer with a Kelley Blue Book Retail Value of less than $8,000 as of January 2013, then handpicked 10 standouts based on reputation and desirability. Here's this year's shortlist of affordable used cars.

http://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/best-used-cars-under-8000-2013/2000008992/

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

10 Best Green Cars of 2013

Green cars have gone mainstream. More and more of the best-selling cars in the country are being offered in hybrid, diesel or even pure electric form, giving buyers the ability to drive the car they want with the powertrain they prefer. Of course, the specialty models are better than ever, too. Here are the 10 Best Green Cars of 2013.

http://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/10-best-green-cars-2013/2000009271/

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs

Looking to enjoy the versatility and raised perch of an SUV without resorting to gas mileage in the teens? Good news: You have more great choices than ever. Here are the 10 most fuel-efficient SUVs of the 2013 model year, ranked by combined fuel economy when equipped with automatic transmissions.

http://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/best-gas-mileage-suvs-2013/

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

40 MPG Cars of 2013

The bar has been raised: 40 mpg combined is the new 40 mpg highway. While our 2012 list of fuel misers included every car with a highway (or city) rating of 40 mpg or better, this year we required the tougher rating of 40 mpg combined. Here are this year’s fuel-sipping standouts, ranked by their highest combined fuel economy figures.

http://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/40-mpg-cars-2013/

Thursday, April 25, 2013

10 Best Green Cars of 2013

Green cars have gone mainstream. More and more of the best-selling cars in the country are being offered in hybrid, diesel or even pure electric form, giving buyers the ability to drive the car they want with the powertrain they prefer. Of course, the specialty models are better than ever, too. Here are the 10 Best Green Cars of 2013.

http://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/10-best-green-cars-2013/?r=802672231940070700

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

State Car Insurance Rates

The Most And Least Expensive States For Car Insurance
Louisiana residents pay a lot, Maine residents

According to an Insure.com study, Louisiana is number one -- in a very bad way. The Pelican State has the highest average insurance rates in the nation, beating out Michigan and Georgia to take the not-so-illustrious title for 2013.

On the flip side, Maine turned out to be the least expensive state for insurance rates, followed by Iowa and North Carolina.

http://autos.aol.com/article/2013-most-least-expensive-states-car-insurance/

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

$3,000 On Gas Last Year

Average U.S. Family Spent Nearly $3,000 On Gas Last Year

Even as cars become more fuel efficient, the cost of gasoline is still claiming a bigger percentage of the average American paycheck.

The average U.S. household spent $2,912 on gasoline in 2012, which amounts just less than 4 percent of their pre-tax income, according to research released Monday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That's the highest percentage in three decades.

http://autos.aol.com/article/gas-prices-fuel-economy-income-American

Friday, January 11, 2013

New Car Deals: January 2013

The Best New Car Deals: January 2013

Shopping for a new car doesn't have to be a stressful and frustrating experience. Here at AOL Autos, we're working hard to make car shopping as easy as possible. That's why we pore over data every week to find out which cars are the best value for you consumers.

http://autos.aol.com/gallery/best-new-car-deals

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Glow-in-the-dark highways

Glow-in-the-dark 'smart highways' could be heading our way.

Dutch-based Studio Roosegaarde and infrastructure management group Heijmans have developed a new idea for a "Smart Highway" that will literally glow in the dark. In addition to its solar-energized illuminated line markings, it will incorporate temperature-sensitive weather indicators that become visible to warn of potential icy surface conditions.

http://www.kbb.com/car-news/all-the-latest/glow_in_the_dark-smart-highways-could-be-heading-our-way/

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Best New Car Deals

Best New Car Deals: November 2012

Shopping for a new car doesn't have to be a stressful and frustrating experience. Here at AOL Autos, we're working hard to make car shopping as easy and affordable as possible. That's why we pour over data every week to find out which cars are the best value for you consumers.

http://autos.aol.com/gallery/best-new-car-deals/

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Ford C-Max Energi

Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid Reaches 100 MPGe

EPA rating puts vehicle ahead of key competitors

Ford is in the fast lane on the way to fuel efficiency.

The EPA rated the company's C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid at 100 miles per gallon equivalent Thursday, making it the most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid offered to Amercan consumers by the auto industry.

http://autos.aol.com/article/ford-c-max-energi-plug-in-hybrid-reaches-100-mpge/

Thursday, September 20, 2012

OnStar FMV

OnStar FMV: Bringing OnStar To Non-GM Vehicles

You have seen or heard the ads. A woman is in an accident and OnStar knows because there airbags went off, and so the OnStar advisor asks the driver if she is okay while emergency medical teams are on the way.

OnStar, owned by General Motors, has in recent years just been available on GM cars. But in the last year, OnStar has been selling a new product--OnStar FMV, which allows a consumer to put OnStar into any car or truck, though it doesn't have all the services and gee-whiz features of OnStar in a GM vehicle.

http://autos.aol.com/article/onstar-fmv-bringing-onstar-to-non-gm-vehicles/

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Small SUVs, Big Capabilities

Small SUVs, Big Capabilities: 2012/2013 Compact Crossover Comparison

Concerns about fuel prices may have tempered America's love affair with sport-utility vehicles, but it has by no means brought it to an end. Think of it as a refocusing, a renewal based on a reassessment of contemporary realities. As a consequence of these re-prioritized priorities, compact SUVs have become one of the hottest categories in a slowly reviving U.S. auto market.

http://www.kbb.com/car-news/all-the-latest/small-suvs-big-capabilities-20122013-compact-crossover-comparison/?crversion=b

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Five Great Car Deals

"What's on sale?"

It may sound like a strange way to start a new car search, but with fewer and fewer bad cars being built, it wouldn't be an irresponsible first step. It takes additional research to ensure you end up in a car that meets your wants and needs, but starting with a short list of cars on sale could help ensure you don’t miss out on a great deal.

http://www.kbb.com/car-news/all-the-latest/5-great-car-deals/

Monday, July 16, 2012

Shopping For Used Cars

Buying a used car rather than a new one saves you a lot of money and, although it means foregoing some of the initial warranties that come from the manufacturers, you will still get to enjoy your dream car.

http://www.play-auto.net/2012/06/shopping-for-used-cars/

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Route 66 Rally: Part 3

Route 66 Relocation Road Rally: Part Three

As detailed in two previous posts—which can be found here and here—the road trip turned out to be a bit more challenging than I had imagined. From start to finish, I counted 22 mechanical failures that required immediate attention before the trip could continue.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20120516/CARNEWS01/120519856

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Route 66 Rally: Part 2

Route 66 Relocation Road Rally: Part Two

The Mother Road proves fraught with demons.

You'll remember from Part One of our saga that we left off with our Datsun being loaded onto a flatbed because of a fuel-system issue.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20120502/carnews01/120509971#ixzz1wHcSsC4N

Friday, May 18, 2012

Route 66 Rally: Part 1

Route 66 Relocation Road Rally: Part One

What was supposed to be a fun, cross-country road trip in a couple of well-sorted old cars has turned into a constant, LeMons-grade wrench fest.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20120501/CARNEWS01/120439984#ixzz1vEFSdt00

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Stop/Start Technology

The redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion will help you save gasoline when stuck in traffic.

The new Fusion's 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine can be fitted with stop/start technology. The cost? Just $295.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20120402/CARNEWS/120409981#ixzz1r7cZs0T1