Fuel Economy Cars Helena 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.

Helena Body & Paint Frame Repair
(406) 430-1106
829 N Warren St
Helena, MT
Monday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Body Shops, Painting, Rustproofing
Service Types and Repair
Auto Aluminum, Auto Frame, Collision, Dent

Ace Carburetor & Electric Service
(406) 442-3001
3119 Cooney Drive
Helena, MT
Auto Air Conditioning & Heating Service & Repair, Auto Service & Repair, Brakes Service & Repair
Open Mon-Fri
Brakes, Shocks, Struts

Helenas Pit Stop
(406) 449-2048
915 N Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT
Oil Change and Lube

AandD Automotive
(406) 443-9600
1445 National Ave
Helena, MT
Oil Change and Lube,Auto Inspection,Brake Repair,Emissions Testing,Transmission Repair,Tune up Repair

(406) 442-6395
3180 Us Highway 12 East
Helena, MT
Service Stations

Northwest Battery & Electric
(406) 443-4090
3005 Prospect Avenue
Helena, MT
Auto Service & Repair, Auto Electrical Systems Service & Repair, Storage Batteries Retail, Batteries Wholesale & Manufacturers
Open Mon-Fri
Payment Options
MasterCard, VISA

Special Eds Auto Svc
(406) 442-1017
2815 N Dodge Avenue
Helena, MT
Midas Auto Service Experts
(406) 443-7353
1020 N Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT
Oil Change and Lube,AC and Heating Repair,Brake Repair,Electrical Repair,Mufflers Repair,Tune up Repair

D J S Automotive
(406) 449-7927
1691 Blaine Street
Helena, MT
AC and Heating Repair,Brake Repair,Tune up Repair

OReilly Auto Parts
(406) 443-1981
2433 N Montana Avenue
Helena, MT
AC and Heating Repair,Clutch Repair

Top 10 Factors Contributing to Fuel Economy

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

How a BMW disturbs the air
around it.
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
plays a huge role.

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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