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THZebra

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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 3:10:03 PM

It's a whole new game when it comes to fuel efficiency.

Myth: To get good fuel economy, you need a small car.

You don't have to squeeze into a subcompact car to visit the pump less often. Although it seems logical, "The smaller car is not always the most energy-efficient," Boundy says.

Size simply doesn't matter as much anymore. Instead, Boundy says a lot of what makes a car fuel-efficient is under the hood, in the materials it's made of or the way its body is designed.

For example, newer, standard-size vehicles have advanced technologies such as hybrid drivetrains, diesel engines, turbochargers and low-rolling resistance tires that allow them to compete on the fuel-efficiency charts,
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oldmack
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2013 2:23:36 AM

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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 10:37:51 PM

hate articles that should be one page are put onto 6 just to get more ad hits.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:23:23 AM

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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 7:14:24 AM

size of the engine matters.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 4:40:20 AM

My Accord still gets 25 on the highway and it is over 12 years old.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 4:23:01 AM

Amplion sez....
BMW STRAIGHT SIX IS BEST !!!

What kind of mileage is your Bimmer getting ??
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Amplion
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 2:39:04 AM

BMW STRAIGHT SIX IS BEST !!!
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 1:29:22 AM

too bad the hybrids are so expensive. I would love to have one of those!
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 1:09:32 AM

Keep your RPMs under 2,000 at all times and let the transmission do the work. Try it for one fill up and you will be pleasantly surprised.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:53:56 AM

Nice article..
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:37:58 AM

Interesting.
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Interesting.
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I got ya
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:20:23 AM

Very interesting.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:45:57 PM

Great information for saving on MPG!
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:00:16 PM

good still need price drop
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:23:40 PM

very informative
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:10:36 PM

Good info!
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:57:06 PM

Thanks, that was worth the read time.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:54:02 PM

Good to know.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:10:54 PM

Did I hear someone call on myth busters?
Lot's of these myths have been debunked over the years.
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Mr_Bill_W
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:58:12 PM

Wow if we fell for all of those myths, I guess we should be embarrassed... In reality, the only one that really surprised was that premium gasoline with higher octane does not garner improved gas mileage... My experience has been that premium gasoline boosts my mileage by 2-3 MPG and that ethanol free gasoline gives me an additional 5-7 MPG. While my driving habits and routes vary so the measurements are not in any way controlled or scientific, the results would suggest that there is a correlation between higher octane and the lack of ethanol and increased gas mileage...
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:15:58 PM

Smaller is usually more efficient, though.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:03:01 PM

Its all a game
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:00:13 PM

The big question, here again, is where do I get a job writing these lame top-10 internet articles?

No editors to get in the way of a bad story.
No pesky fact-checkers to shut you down.

Of course, it probably doesn't pay much.

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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 6:57:49 PM

uh.
yeah, bust the myths.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 6:55:54 PM

DRIVE THE RIGHT WAY...............
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 6:39:04 PM

Where did they come up with those "myths", anyway? I never thought they were true.

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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 6:30:51 PM

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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 6:01:01 PM

Appreciate the info.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 5:57:15 PM

Aerodynamics and engine technology.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 5:35:49 PM

Nothing new to add to what i know personally
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 5:33:21 PM

Glad even larger vehicles are getting higher mpg's. Be nice if there was a way to get our mini van much closer to the highway mpg's in town driving. Too many stop signs here though.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 5:18:39 PM

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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 5:10:03 PM

Thanks for the info.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 5:02:23 PM

Size sure seems to matter in a collision!
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 4:54:56 PM

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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 4:06:45 PM

Learn something new every day.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 3:47:07 PM

Interesting
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Interesting
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 3:30:08 PM

I have been getting 47 hwy with my 2002 jetta tdi automatic for 12 years now
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 3:13:27 PM

Well i know the honda civic 2007 gets 42 with no tricks.
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