Fuel Economy Guide for 2015

An important part of the car-buying process not to be overlooked is fuel economy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) produce the Fuel Economy Guide to help car buyers find the right fuel-efficient vehicle to meet their needs.

This Guide provides reliable estimates for comparing vehicle mileage. City, highway, and Combined mileages and annual fuel cost estimates for all vehicles (except plug-in hybrids) are based on standardized laboratory testing. Visit www.fueleconomy.gov to personalize your fuel costs based on local gas prices and your driving habits.

By comparing vehicle fuel economy, you can determine the best purchase car for your lifestyle and needs.

Some Things to Consider

  • Your Fuel Economy Will Vary - Your own fuel economy varies, sometimes significantly, based on driving conditions, driving style, and other factors.
  • Tax Incentives - You may be eligible for a federal income tax credit if you purchase a qualifying electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle.
  • Save Money - You can save up to $1,400 in fuel costs each year by choosing your fuel-efficient vehicle properly.
  • Reduce Oil Dependence Costs - Fuel-efficient vehicles can help reduce our dependence on petroleum. Oil dependence cost the U.S. economy about $194 billion in 2013 alone.
  • Reduce Climate Change - Greenhouse gasses (GHGs) are released from burning fossil fuels, and pose a threat to our global environment. Highway vehicles account for roughly 24% of U.S. greenhouse emissions each year. Help reduce GHG emmsions by choosing a vehicle with better fuel economy.
  • Advanced Technologies - Car manufacturers are using advanced technologies to improve fuel efficiency in electric, hybrid, and conventional vehicles as well. Features such as start-stop, cylinder deactivation, turbocharging, advanced transmissions, aerodynamics, and lighter body weight can help.

How to Improve Your Fuel Economy

Try these tips for improving your fuel efficiency that may help you save some cash each year!

  • Drive Efficiently - Aggressive braking and acceleration can lower gas mileage up to 33% on the highway and 5% around town.
  • Observe the Speed Limit - Each 5 MPH over 60 MPH can reduce fuel economy by 7%.
  • Keep Your Car in Shape - Fixing an untuned car can improve mileage by 4%. Correct tire inflation and recommended motor oil grade can also improve economy by about 5%. Keeping tires aligned and balanced also helps.
  • Combine Trips - A warmed-up engine is more efficient than a cold one. Reduce multiple cold engine starts by planning multipurpose trips rather than many short ones.
  • Avoid Carrying Unneeded Cargo - An extra 100 pounds can reduce fuel economy by 1%-2%. Avoid carrying cargo on your roof and try rear-mount cargo boxes or trays instead, which reduce fuel ecomony by much less.
  • Ecomony Mode - If your car has this feature, use it!

View the Full Fuel Economy Guide


Content in this article adapted from the Model Year 2015 Fuel Economy Guide, produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.

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