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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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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Despite increased truck and SUV sales these days in the U.S., a University of Michigan report indicates last month newly purchased vehicles’ average fuel economy increased and greenhouse gases correspondingly decreased as part of a continuing trend. According to the report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), new vehicles sold last month […]

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PSA Peugeot Citroën is, as of the end of 2014, the top company in reducing emissions in Europe. The French manufacturer ranked first with an average of 110.3 grams of CO2 per kilometer (source: AAA DATA), compared with an average of 123.7 grams for the European market. Since 2008, the Group said it has gradually […]

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Filling up at the pump is costing drivers a lot less this year. But even though prices for both gasoline and diesel have gone down, the difference between the two is increasing. On average, a gallon of diesel costs almost 80 cents more than a gallon of gasoline. That’s 30 cents higher that the difference […]

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Hyundai is doing as much as it can to turn the page on its 2012 fuel rating issue. The Korean company announced yesterday that it has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) to resolve the government’s investigation of its 2012 restatement of fuel economy […]

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