No End In Sight For Gas-price Free Fall

The largest weekly price drops occurred in the Midwest and central U.S., led by discounts of more than a dime in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio; that’s compared with South Carolina and Washington, D.C., where prices fell less than a penny. Those same Midwestern and central states also enjoyed the greatest month-over-month relief, with 10 states seeing 30-cent dips. The smallest monthly declines — less than a dime — have occurred west of the Rockies in Alaska, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada and California. Still, year-over-year, California’s gas prices have dropped by a whopping 80 cents since last year, a 30-cent better discount compared with the Midwest’s year-over-year figure.
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Ford’s adding a new engine to its Fusion lineup in the hopes of increasing fuel economy. Turns out, the turbocharged 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder is slightly less efficient than the current 1.6-liter EcoBoost.
The 178-horsepower 1.5-liter, which is optional on SE models, is rated at 23/36/28 mpg city/highway/combined with the six-speed automatic transmission, according to the EPA. For 2014, the 178-hp 1.6-liter can only be equipped with a manual transmission and is rated slightly higher at 25/37/29 mpg.
Like the 1.6-liter, the new 1.5-liter will be available with stop-start engine technology. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder (22/34/26 mpg) remains standard on the S and SE models, and the Titanium retains a standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 22/33/26 mpg (front-wheel-drive versions.)

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