Better Gas Mileage Tools & Tips

What's the best and most under-utilized tool for increasing your fuel efficiency? Your brain. Before you buy, do the research on the latest high-mpg cars. Then, protect your investment by following a few common sense rules for squeezing more miles out of a gallon of the black stuff.

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Gas Mileage Impact Calculator

This tool created by HybridCars.com lets you know how mileage affects the environment and your pocketbook.

Factors Influencing Mileage

The little things, like good aerodynamics and your driving style, have a great impact on your fuel economy.

Fuel Economy Numbers

You may want a definitive number, but it's not going to happen. "Your mileage will vary."

Tips

Following a few easy steps could mean a big boost in MPG.

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For the fourth generation of its best-selling model line, Lexus sent its RX to the style salon for an extensive makeover. Actually, the longer, wider, taller, roomier and more powerful crossover only evolves the formula that let the automaker sell nearly 101,000 RX models last year, but it does get your attention. Dominating the front […]

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Hyundai’s plug-in Sonata was introduced last year alongside its second-generation Hybrid and is both unique and conforming while topping competitors in a few important ways. Its commonality with other midsized hybrid and plug-in hybrid sedans – from Toyota, Ford, Honda, Kia, and Chevrolet – is they fit a formula of roughly 200 horsepower and 40-plus-or-minus […]

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It’s ironic that though we live in a time when information was never more plentiful that misinformation, fallacies and myths persist. No doubt that lead-out sentence could launch a discussion on myriad subjects, but looking at a relatively benign one – vehicle fuel economy – people still entertain notions that are simply not true. And […]

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Pickup trucks are the most popular segment in the U.S. this year, with truck models taking the top three slots for vehicle sales to date in 2015. Models like the Ford F-150 have become “as much of a status symbol as they are a tool,” according to Karl Brauer, a senior analyst at Kelley Blue […]

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No doubt you’ve heard the saying “your mileage may vary” and for electrified vehicles, this caveat on efficiency can be especially true. This view comes straight from the U.S. EPA which says it is normal for hybrids to deviate by more than 30 percent from official window sticker ratings. SEE ALSO: Seven Ways To Save […]

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As if Volkswagen isn’t facing enough challenges, another obstacle to fixing its out-of-compliance diesels may come from an unlikely source: uncooperative customers. The new worry stems from the realization that bringing the 2.0-liter diesel engine into emission compliance will negatively affect driving experience and fuel economy. This may make owners hesitate to have the repair […]

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It’s been said with reference to certainties in life, only death and taxes are assured, which means your EPA-estimated mpg is definitely not guaranteed. While in recent years we’ve heard of automakers including Ford and Hyundai/Kia paying out for failing to meet mpg estimates they certified on window stickers, this was because of procedural errors […]

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The 54.5 mpg corporate fleet average, scheduled for 2025, is not a number already carved in stone. This clarification came from Chris Grundler, director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s office of transportation and air quality, who spoke last week at the CARS Management Briefing Seminars. “There is a perception out here that the decision is […]

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Hybrid vehicles may actually get much better fuel economy than their EPA-rated stickers say, according to a new study. The analysis, conducted by Britt A. Holmén and Karen M. Sentoff with the University of Vermont, looked at the fuel consumption of a conventional Toyota Camry and compared it to a Camry Hybrid the same model […]

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Even with a more expensive sticker price, a new analysis shows diesel vehicles can save their owners thousands of dollars over several years when compared side-by-side with a similar gasoline-powered model. Bruce Belzowski, the managing director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute’s (UMTRI) Automotive Futures group, studied the total cost of diesel vehicle […]

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