Fuel Economy Cars Billings MT

As it turns out, there are as many factors that go into how well your ride does at the pumps as there are flavors of Jelly Beans out there. Read on to discover the top 10 factors contributing to fuel economy from DriverSide.

Archie Cochrane Ford (Bodyshop Dept.)
(406) 656-1103
2133 King Avenue West
Billings, MT
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Brown's Auto Service
(406) 259-6131
1144 Broadwater Avenue
Billings, MT
Services
Auto Air Conditioning & Heating Service & Repair, Auto Service & Repair, Brakes Service & Repair, Auto Transmissions, Auto Alignment Frames & Axles Service & Repair
Hours
Mon-Fri Weekdays
Payment Options
Financing Available, All Major Cards Accepted

CARSTAR Auto Body Specialists
(406) 259-1856, 001-2004
1342 Main Street
Billings, MT
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Expert Tire
(406) 245-6184
3016 1st Ave N
Billings, MT
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Aamco Transmissions
(406) 656-0551
Billings, MT
 
Archies Ford Stores
(406) 652-0696
2133 king ave w
Billings, MT
Services
Auto Financing & Loans, Auto Service & Repair, Auto Oil & Lube, Brakes Service & Repair, Auto Inspection
Payment Options
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, VISA, Debit Cards, Travelers Checks,

Chassis Works, Inc.
(406) 245-3338, 001-2004
703 Anchor Street
Billings, MT
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Golden Nugget Body and Paint
(406) 256-8085
1916 4th Avenue North
Billings, MT
Services
Auto Body Repair

Recreational Vehicle Press LLC
(406) 252-5704
112 Wyoming Avenue
Billings, MT
Services
RV and Camper Repair

Dale and JAX Door and Glass
(406) 252-8990
536 Moore Lane
Billings, MT
Services
Auto Glass Repair

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Top 10 Factors Contributing to Fuel Economy

Top 10 Factors Contributing To Fuel Economy By Zach Bowman, DriverSide Contributing Editor


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Even though gas prices have eased compared to the outrageous numbers we saw just a few short months ago, fuel economy is still on the minds of vehicle owners everywhere. We’ve already shown you a few simple steps to save gas and how to improve your car’s fuel economy, but what determines a vehicle’s mpg? Why can certain cars zip along at close to 40 mpg while others are lucky to get anywhere near 20? As it turns out, there are as many factors that go into how well your ride does at the pumps as there are flavors of Jelly Beans out there.



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How your vehicle is geared
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We could write tomes on the principals that go into churning out the very best EPA numbers, but you probably wouldn’t want to read them. Instead, we’ve come up with 10 factors that have the greatest impact on fuel consumption. Some of the concepts might get a little technical, but there shouldn’t be anything as bad as your high school chemistry class. Promise.

1. Displacement

We’re not talking about losing your keys. That’s misplacement. Displacement is the volume of air your engine can consume in a single revolution, and these days it’s usually described in liters. A Yaris, for example, has a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. That means with every revolution of the motor, the engine draws in and expels 1.5 liters of air.

The more air an engine moves, the more fuel it can consume with every turn. That’s why, on the whole, four-cylinder engines are thought of as more fuel-efficient than bigger motors like V-6’s or V-8’s. So, while a sub-compact car may only move 1.5-liters with every revolution, full-size trucks can draw in and spit out around 4.6-liters of air thanks to a V-8 engine. Again, more air means more fuel.

2. Weight

Of course, how much air your vehicle moves through its engine isn’t the sole deciding factor when it comes to mpg. How hard your motor works also has a big effect on what kind of mileage your vehicle gets, and the most basic kind of work is moving all the vehicle’s components down the road. To that end, a vehicle’s weight plays a key role in how much it drinks.

The more a vehicle weighs, the harder it will have to work get going and stay moving down the road. A pint-sized vehicle will barely move the scales, while some SUVs and trucks weigh in around a portly 5,000 lbs. The slimmer waistline in a small car means it can afford to have a smaller engine and a motor that doesn’t have to breathe too deeply every time it needs to get up to speed. In contrast, if a vehicle needs capabilities as a towing machine, heavy equipment is a necessity.

3. Gearing

While engine displacement and power have much to do with fin...

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