Top 9 Tips for Buying a fuel-Efficient car

Posted by Mamas_Wae On Minggu, 12 Maret 2017 0 komentar
Whether you buy a brand-new or used car, fuel efficiency--good gas mileage--is high on the list of most buyers' concerns. The difference between choosing a fuel-efficient car or one that guzzles gas, will either save or cost you cash over the life of the car, which could be substantial. Fuel efficiency varies widely from one car to the next. Obviously you can check the EPA rating for city/freeway MPG on the window sticker, although most of us know the average car never reaches those numbers.

You can also check consumer guides, car magazines and Web sites, Web site forums or request friends, relatives and co-workers which vehicles they recommend as fuel-efficient cars. Don't buy more car than you need, as larger vehicles generally have bigger engines that are less fuel-efficient. Find the most fuel-efficient car in the size team you're interested in, whether a two-seater, tight, mid-sized, SUV or pickup truck. There are several online sites where you can compare fuel consumption ratings of any car.

Your preference of transmission can also affect the fuel efficiency of the car. Generally, a car with manual transmission is a more fuel-efficient car than one with automatic-assuming you shift properly. And a manual with overdrive, tachometer or shift indicator is the biggest fuel saver, saving up to 10% on fuel costs. If you do buy an automatic, which makes more sense for larger cars, the more gears the acceptable.

Under normal driving conditions, smaller engines offer acceptable fuel efficiency and economy than larger ones. All other things being equal, the larger engine and the more cylinders it has, the more fuel it consumes. Additionally, cars with smaller engines usually cost less and gas costs are lower because you don't need higher octane gas. That doesn't mean a bigger engine is never a good preference. In some cases, a larger, more strong engine may provide the greater fuel efficiency. If you use your car for work or often tow heavy loads, a smaller engine could flame more fuel if it has to work too solid and function beyond its most fuel-efficient range.

Depending on the type and size of engine car you buy, you may have the preference of front-wheel, rear-wheel, four-wheel or all-wheel steer. The majority of passenger cars and minivans have front-wheel steer, a design that supplies acceptable traction and more interior room than rear-wheel steer. Although front-wheel steer was originally adopted to upgrade fuel economy over rear-wheel steer by reducing the weight and size of cars without giving up driving performance or interior space, there's really not much difference in fuel efficiency between the two.

And although four-wheel and all-wheel steer provide acceptable traction and braking in certain driving conditions, the weight and friction of the additional drivetrain parts may increase fuel consumption by up to 10% over a two-wheel steer car. Most often in SUVs and pickup trucks, four-wheel steer is enabled at will by the chauffeur when additional traction is necessary. All-wheel steer is an option on some SUVs and a minority of passenger cars. Full-time all-wheel steer, however, makes for the least fuel-efficient car, because all four wheels are always being driven, drawing energy from the engine and thus using more gas.

Another route to be a fuel saver, is by limiting the options you appoint for your car. You may not have realized that many conveniences from energy windows, seats and mirrors to breeze conditioning and seat warmers decrease fuel efficiency and cost you more in fuel consumption. They add either weight, increase aerodynamic drag or pull additional energy from the engine or through the alternator.
Aluminium wheels are one of the few options that actually reduce weight and thereby increase fuel efficiency.

Obviously, considering other fuel options such as a hybrid electric car, is another preference for a fuel-efficient car.

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