There are several benefits to purchasing a fuel-efficient vehicle, including more money in your wallet and less harmful emissions released into the air we breathe. It can be hard to know, though, which vehicles are the best for you. The Fuel Economy Guide can be a useful tool for motorists who consider fuel efficiency to be an important consideration when selecting a vehicle to purchase.
Each year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) produce the Fuel Economy Guide, to help motorists in choosing fuel-efficient vehicles to meet their needs. Each vehicle is evaluated for city and highway mileage, and an estimate is given of annual fuel cost for each vehicle. A note of caution: even though this guide is an excellent tool for choosing a vehicle, your actual mileage may not match exactly with the estimates given. This is because variations in vehicle usage may cause fluctuations in gas mileage.
The guide is easy to use. Vehicles are arranged by class, and alphabetically within the class, and models with different features are listed as different models. In addition, vehicles are indexed in the back of the guide, for ease of location within the publication. Some vehicles are not listed in the guide, because fuel economy regulations do not apply to SUVs and vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 8500 pounds or more.
In addition to information on the fuel efficiency of various vehicles, the guide has other useful information. It explains why fuel economy is important, and gives information about tax incentives for purchasing certain types of vehicles. Fuel options are explained, and there are tips on how to improve your fuel economy, no matter what vehicle you drive.
A vehicle is a big investment, and many motorists consider operating costs when deciding on a purchase. The Fuel Economy Guide makes understanding fuel efficiency easier.