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.

MPG Display

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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Toyota announced that its next Prius will be the most efficient yet, delivering up to 40 percent thermal efficiency. This news came during last week’s Annual Spring Congress for Japan’s Society of Automotive Engineers where the automaker revealed more details about its class-leading gasoline Prius hybrid engine. “The efficiency will be realized by improving the […]

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Hybrids tend to be synonymous with excellent fuel economy, but that doesn’t mean all hybrid vehicles are gas sippers. At the top end of the scale sits the Toyota Prius. A hybrid with one of the best gas mileage ratings, its combined 50 mpg is far above many gas-only vehicles. At the other end however, […]

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A former executive with the Environmental Protection Agency believes that CAFE regulations won’t be lowered during the upcoming midterm review, saying the fuel economy numbers are achievable by the auto industry. Margo Oge, called the “Queen of Cleaner Cars” by some, was the EPA’s director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality when the […]

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Wrightspeed, best known for manufacturing aftermarket hybrid powertrains for commercial trucks, is adding a new turbine generator to its product line. Named the Fulcrum, this 250-pound turbine generator will not be providing power directly to the vehicle’s wheels. Instead, the series hybrid system focuses solely on recharging the battery pack. Turbines, mot unlike a helicopter’s […]

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A former director with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the office asked for steep fuel efficiency increases for SUVs as a negotiation technique, knowing that the requested numbers were unrealistic. In 2011, the EPA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the major carmakers met to create new fuel economy and emissions standards set […]

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Despite a slight dip, the average fuel economy for new vehicle sales returned last month to an average of 25.4 mpg. This matches the average posted for January, following a drop to 25.2 mpg in February. The report comes from Director Michael Sivak, Ph.D., and Project Manager Brandon Schoettle with the University of Michigan Transportation […]

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Five years after the U.S. Department Of Energy’s ultimatum to create semi-trucks that were at least 50-percent more fuel efficient, Freightliner has released its concept creation dubbed SuperTruck. After investing $115 million into development, this hybrid semi actually surpasses the mark set by the DoE by roughly 65 percent. On a road test of 312 miles, […]

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An analysis of the Deltawing’s viability showed a four seat version would reach close to 74 mpg on the highway. DeltaWing Technology Group, Inc. released the results of an independent engineering analysis of a four-passenger road car concept based on the patented DeltaWing narrow front track vehicle architecture. The study showed it would achieve an […]

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Toyota Motor Corp.’s new strategy will not only change the way the company builds engines; it will give the Prius’ hybrid drivetrain a 15-percent boost in fuel economy. The Japanese carmaker said its next generation of engines will share more parts, get better gas mileage and have more power. Under the Toyota New Global Architecture […]

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An automaker trade group wants regulators to grant CAFE credits for autonomous technology. Collision warnings, automated braking and adaptive cruise control are more than just safety features, said Mitch Bainwol, president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. They are fuel-efficiency boosters. Bainwol’s industry lobbying group represents 12 auto manufacturers, including Ford Motor Co., […]

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