Weekly auto rail, with tips on eco-friendly tires, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.

Tip of the Week


American drivers who think they're priced out of better gas mileage by the cost of hybrid vehicles can find another way of squeezing a few more miles out of each gallon. Tires that roll more easily over roadways are an eco-friendly and cost-effective way of improving mileage.


Eco-friendly tires offer a cost-effective solution. They reduce rolling resistance and therefore fuel consumption, and can cut a driver's gas consumption at the same price as standard tires. Sixty-eight percent of the drivers who said they were interested in eco-friendly tires would buy them for the better gas mileage, while 21 percent would do it to help the environment.


The Hankook Quarterly Index said:


- Of the respondents who drive weekly, 5 percent already own eco-friendly tires and 56 percent would consider buying them.


- Women (38 percent) are much more likely to be unsure whether they would purchase this type of product than the men surveyed.


- Respondents younger than 35 (65 percent) are much more likely than those older than 55 (47 percent) to be open to considering purchasing eco-friendly tires.


- ARA


The List


According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, here are the greenest cars of 2012:


Mitsubishi i


Honda Civic Natural Gas


Nissan Leaf


Toyota Prius


Honda Insight


Smart ForTwo


Scion iQ


Honda Civic Hybrid


Lexus CT200h


Toyota Camry Hybrid LE


Honda CR-Z


Toyota Yaris


Did You Know


According to TrueCar, the price of a typical car or light truck is $30,748, a record high and almost $2,000 higher than last year.


Car Q&A


Q: I just bought a new Chevy HHR auto that takes the E15 fuel as well as gasoline. I have never used the E15 before, and what I’d like to know is the good and the bad on it.


A: A lot of today’s vehicles are so-called flex fuel by design. The difference in the vehicle operation will not be noticed. There will be a slight drop in gas mileage, but power and performance will be unchanged.


- Junior Damato, Talking Cars columnist


GateHouse News Service