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Get Your MPGs!

Who doesn't want their MPGs? Perhaps your concerns are purely economic: the price spike of gasoline a few years ago (and the anticipation of another spike in the future), the sluggish economy, or just wanting save a few bucks. You might also be worried about our nation's dependence on foreign oil or the effects your vehicle is having on the environment. The good news is that all sorts of "green" technologies are under development. Some have even been deployed. But the new technologies (electric vehicles, for instance) might not be for everyone at this time. And, regardless of how a vehicle is powered, some will certainly be more efficient than others. So…what's a car buyer to do?

Fortunately for discriminating consumers like you, the U.S. Department of Energy maintains a great website with all sorts of useful information: FuelEconomy.gov. The site provides helpful tips on how to improve the fuel economy of the vehicle you own now, and lets you share your experiences and suggestions with others. For those of you who are considering the purchase of a new (or new-to-you) vehicle, the site also offers:

  • a list of the most- and least-efficient vehicles
  • search for a specific vehicle
    • by model
    • by make
    • by class
  • information on alternative-fuel vehicles
    • compare the efficiency of various models
    • find tax incentives for purchasers

If you'd like to read more (and find general information about driving and vehicles), you might also check out edmunds.com.

We know that purchasing a vehicle isn't all about practicality. But, with just a little research, you'll be able to find a vehicle that's good for your spirit, your wallet, and the environment!