Whether you live on the east coast, west coast, the mountains of Colorado, or in the driest states in the US, chances are you own a car, ride in one, or are in the process of owning one for yourself. With this in mind, it is important to think about the fuel economy, or gas mileage, of the cars around you. Every vehicle has its pros and cons in this area, but what factors greatly increase the likelihood of better gas mileage?
In all of the lists of best to worst gas mileage cars, one attribute immediately sticks out: electric cars and hybrids get better gas mileage. In this category, it all comes down to efficient energy usage. Electricity inherently converts to a higher energy yield than gasoline, thus giving those cars—literally—more bang for their buck. A higher rate of consumption is required for gasoline to reach these same levels of energy yield. Knowing this about electric and hybrid cars can help you to instantly get better gas mileage as soon as you step into a dealership to make your purchase.
Other things to look for include the weight of the car, the driving style of the driver, air conditioning usage, and even the age of the car.
Adding weight to a car (like loading up for a camping trip), or buying a car that is inherently heavier because of its size or attributes, creates a higher chance of poor gas mileage. Choosing a smaller car right off the bat can have a big influence on how many miles per gallon that car can get.
Do you have tendency to give in to road rage or aggressive driving? Practicing mindfulness or just “cooling your jets” can save you money when it comes to your car’s gas mileage. Though it may not seem like a big deal, the amount of pressure placed on the gas pedal has an effect on the amount of gasoline used. When it comes to gas mileage, slow acceleration beats out the need for speed. Even gas-guzzling luxury sports cars can better their mileage by foregoing the road hog lifestyle for a slower position in the lanes.
Last, but not least, air conditioning usage and the age of the car driven can have a negative outcome in regards to gas mileage. If the temperature allows for it, or you’re courageous in the heat, opt for rolling down the windows to increase your savings. Driving an older car without AC? You’re not exempt from losing out— owning a car just 10 years older than the most recent model can affect your MPG based on the years of wear and tear under the car’s hood.
With these things in mind, it shouldn’t be hard to find a car the right fit for you that also has the fuel economy score with the best fit for your wallet. When in doubt, go electric, smaller, slower, and newer. And don’t forget to turn off the AC!