Your guide to buying a fuel-efficient car


Posted at Sep 01 2022 08:30 AM | Updated as of Sep 02 2022 02:32 PM

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Gas prices are soaring and everyone is trying to look for ways to save up on fuel. Many have tried all sorts of driving techniques just to maximize their gasoline, but sometimes it just is not enough because the car itself might be using up too much fuel. 
So, to help save up on fuel costs for the years to come, you might want to consider getting a car that is fuel-efficient. Here are a few things to look out for: 
Extra gears are not just for design

Extra gears can help the vehicle run at its most efficient state, therefore using less fuel than cars that are not in its top condition. While it is true that manual cars are essentially cheaper and more fuel efficient, most people are opting for automatic cars given the heavy traffic situation in the country. So, if you want the convenience of an automatic car coupled with fuel efficiency, consider getting a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) car. CVTs are lighter/smaller than traditional automatic cars and provide a smooth driving experience to help improve gas mileage. 
Consider the engine size and power

If your car will be used mainly for city driving, using a small turbocharged engine can help lower fuel consumption. Since turbochargers allow you to get more power out of a small engine, it can potentially extend fuel economy. A small engine in itself uses less fuel. So, if you combine it with a turbocharger, it could mean more engine power and efficiency but with lower fuel consumption. 
However, it is important to note that a standard sized engine that is turbocharged may cost more fuel rather than save them. 
Apart from the engine size, you also need to consider the horsepower. If you are going for fuel efficiency, you may want to choose a car with lesser horsepower. 
Go for a two-wheel drive
Choose a drivetrain that engages all four wheels only when needed. A fuel-efficient ride is the one that has front-wheel or rear-wheel drive and not those four-wheel or all-wheel drive. 
Avoid extras

Permanent roof rack and other additional body kits such as bumper guard, tow hitch, side skirts, etc. are extra features that may cost you more fuel because it adds weight and increases drag, or it might be drawing more power from the engine. So, ask yourself if these extra features are worth the extra fuel costs. Keep in mind that driving with a lighter car load uses less fuel. 
Generally, a vehicle with a small engine or turbo ones, a lightweight body, aerodynamic design, and a small axle ratio are some of the things to look out for when buying a fuel-efficient car. 
To save gas and money, make sure to also maintain appropriate tire pressure and don’t skip your routine car maintenance. 
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