Gas prices are at least a little lower right now, but let's face it...we're all really at the mercy of the oil companies and whatever they decide to charge for a gallon of gas or diesel. And even though prices are down, comparatively speaking, right now, chances are they won't stay that way and gas is never going to be “cheap” again. The smart money is on fuel-efficient cars, but what are the most fuel-efficient models out there?
Here's a quick rundown of the current top fuel savers:
Two-Seaters: The Honda CR-Z is currently best in class, turning in a combined 37 mpg with its 1.5 liter 4 cylinder and automatic transmission.
Minicompacts: Fiat 500, with combined 34 mpg and 1.4 L 4-cylinder and manual 5-speed transmission.
Subcompacts: Look for the Scion iA, at 37 mpg with a 1.5 L 4-cylinder and automatic
Compacts: Not surprisingly, the Toyota Prius c hybrid turns in a combined 50 mpg with a 1.5 L 4-cylinder and variable-gear-ratio automatic
Midsize: The Toyota Prius again...a combined 56 mpg with 1.8 L 4-cylinder and variable automatic
Large: 40 mpg combined, with the Ford C-Max Hybrid FWD and its 2.0 L 4 cylinder with variable automatic.
Small Station Wagon: The Honda Fit's 1.5 L 4-cylinder and variable automatic allow it to squeeze 36 mpg out of a gallon of gas
Midsize Wagon: The Toyota Prius V is surprisingly large and roomy, but still gets 42 mpg with a 1.8 L 4-cylinder and CVT automatic.
Pickup trucks, of course, are more popular than ever, and you might be surprised at the top contender for truck fuel economy...
*drum roll please*
For 2016, the Dodge Ram 1500 tops the F-150, Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra and Chevy Silverado with 21 mpg in town and 29 mpg on the highway. Standard features on the Ram include a 240 hp EcoDiesel V6 and 8-speed automatic transmission.
Regardless of what you drive, there are ways to get a little better fuel economy with it. Watch your speed, be easy with your right foot, try to shed excess weight when possible, and use sensible driving habits all the way around. More than that, though, it's very important to make sure your tires are properly inflated, your engine's running in top tune and your air filter's clean, for minimum restriction of air flow into the engine.
If you're looking for ways to improve your own car's fuel efficiency or are just thinking it's time for a set of tires or some all-around maintenance, give us a call and make an appointment at 106 St Tire & Wheel. We're the premier destination for tires and auto repair in the Queens area...we've got the auto repair techs, the training, the service department and the know-how to keep your car on the road for a long time to come. Whether you drive a Prius or a vintage Cadillac, we're here for you – make an appointment with us today!