Visit Fueleconomy.gov for Gas-Saving Tips
If you've got fuel economy on the brain, stop by Fueleconomy.gov before
your next road trip. According to the website's own fact sheet, it's
maintained jointly by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy
Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection
Its mission? To provide accurate MPG information to consumers.
Like any government website, Fueleconomy.gov strives to provide
straightforward, helpful information without a commercial spin. That
doesn't mean they have all the answers or are necessarily right about
everything, but it does mean you don't have to brace yourself for a big,
fat sales pitch at the end of each article.
Here are five things we love about this site:
- Most and Least Efficient Vehicles.
Everyone loves a winner - and can't help but gawk a bit at a loser. The
Most and Least Efficient Vehicles page shows you the best and worst MPG
performers organized by EPA size class.
- Shared MPG Estimates.
Recognizing the fact that real-world driving conditions may not always
resemble what the car manufacturer envisioned, Fueleconomy.gov allows
site visitors to submit their own estimates of the miles per gallon
they've achieved in their cars. While these estimates are unscientific,
they at least give car shoppers another perspective to help confirm or
refute what car makers are saying.
- Tax Incentive Information Center.
Considering buying a fuel-efficient vehicle? Find out what tax credits
you can earn by choosing one model over another. A few minutes on this
page could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars.
- The Compare Side-by-Side feature.
Use the drop-down menus to compare the fuel efficiency of virtually any
four cars you can think of. Specify year, make, model, and even options
to get exact stats on how each car will perform. This is really handy
if you're narrowing down your car purchase options to a few vehicles.
- The Extreme MPG feature.
Honestly, how cool are the concept cars they feature here? Some of them
may be a long way off, and some may never come to fruition, but it's
fun to dream about someday taking a cross-country road trip on only a
few tanks of gas.
Any time you're shopping for a new or used car, definitely spend a few minutes on Fueleconomy.gov before you make your final decision.