Are you wondering how EPA gas efficiency is determined in cars and trucks?
While the speed, horsepower, and luxury of a new car are very important in the car buying process, the vehicle’s miles per gallon are essential for its lifetime. While the fuel mileage statistics are provided by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, there is a list of elements to figure out the official gas mileage and they vary. Starting with the car’s weight and how much power it has. Just because a vehicle is heavy, the technology of the engine could still lower the amount of gas being used in certain situations. Fuel economy ratings are usually more efficient in smaller cars, trucks, and SUVs because of their weight in total and aerodynamic appearance. These small cars do not need as much gasoline to keep them on the road. Another consideration is the maintenance of the car, doing items like making sure the tires have the optimal pressure. All in all, fuel economy is important for all cars and it takes all of the pieces working together to create a fuel-efficient car.
How far a vehicle is able to travel on a full tank of fuel is determined by the MPGs it gets. Vehicle size, drivetrain (AWD or RWD), and engine tech all play an enormous part in determining the fuel mileage for the vehicle. The numbers like small vehicles with hybrid capabilities and a low overall weight that just barely tips the scales. While the MPG can decrease over time, updated maintenance and regular drives are the best ways to prevent a drop in your miles per gallon.
When looking at MPGs, there are 2 results that wrap up the gas mileage of the car, city and highway miles per gallon. The driving conditions in the real world are different when compared to the testing conditions and the results speak for themselves. Measuring the two different fuel economy ratings shows how your driving habits can alter the vehicle’s MPGs. Your driving habits can affect the gas mileage, so measuring both gas mileage ratings gives a more realistic description of your vehicle. With all the stop and go of city driving contrasted with the constant speed of highway driving, clearly, highway driving will probably net a higher amount of MPGs vs. city driving.
These days many vehicles have drive modes and cylinder deactivation to preserve gas when desired. A sporty-type driving mode will offer a performance-based drive while “Eco” mode prioritizes MPGs. Between driving modes and cylinder deactivation, new vehicles are more fuel-efficient than ever before.
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