Fuel Economy Cars Rutland VT

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.

Adirondack Tire Centers
(802) 775-1944
55 Strongs Ave
Rutland, VT
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Turners Transmissions
(802) 773-7619
Rutland, VT
 
Rutland Motorcars Llc 200 West Street
(802) 747-7171
Rutland Motorcars Llc 200 West Street
Rutland, VT
 
Carquest Auto Parts
(802) 773-2788
252 Randbury Road
Rutland, VT
Services
Clutch Repair,Engine Repair

Melanson AL CO Inc Machining
(802) 775-3572
126 Spruce Street
Rutland, VT
Services
Engine Repair

Midas Auto Service Experts
(802) 775-2948
Woodstock Ave
Rutland, VT
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Mufflers Repair

Ray Beane Tire & Service Center
(802) 773-2741
140 S Main St
Rutland, VT
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Design Graphics
(802) 775-5233
225 S Main St
Rutland, VT
Services
Auto Body

Yipes Auto Accessories
(802) 747-3020
72 Us Route 7 S
Rutland, VT
Services
Auto Body

Goss Tire Company
(802) 773-3360
133 Strongs Ave
Rutland, VT
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

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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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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