When purchasing a vehicle, one of the first things people look at is the gas mileage they can get. This is especially important for people who have to commute long distances every day. In the past, car buyers often focused on other aspects of automobiles like safety or performance. These factors are still important, but nowadays, high gas prices and environmental concerns have caused us all to be more fuel-conscious.
As the new year rolls in, many people have made resolutions to commit to greener lifestyle. To help you make more informed decisions, here’s some info on cars with the best and worst gas mileage.
Vehicles with the Worst Fuel Ratings
As has always been the case, the vehicles with the worst gas mileage tend to be larger cars, trucks, and vans. Check out the numbers on some of these 2015 models:
- Nissan Armada (12 city/18 highway)
- Nissan Titan (12/17)
- Lexus LS570 (12/17)
- GMC Savana (11/17- this is a huge van though!)
- Mercedes-Benz G-Class (12/14)
To be fair, these types of fuel ratings are typically associated with work vehicles. These need the extra conversion power to complete the heavy-duty tasks they’re made for. Though we’ve made some great strides in the electric power department, we’re still somewhat far away when it comes to the working category. We’re waiting for the day to come when big vans and trucks can go hybrid or fully electric without sacrificing power—hopefully soon!
And of course, luxury vehicles are still even bigger gas guzzlers than trucks or vans. Consider the 2015 Ferrari FF, which rated at 11/16 - yikes!
Cars with the Best Fuel Ratings
It should come as no surprise that the cars with the best fuel ratings are small to medium sized commuter sedans. Check them out:
This is the area where hybrid models can shine and do their thing. However, even non-hybrid models have been getting good fuel ratings recently.
Fully Electric Cars
Lastly, let’s not forget that the whole scale has been rocked due to the arrival of fully electric vehicles. These green wonders don’t use the standard MPG scale; instead, they use the “MPGe” scale, which is the equivalent measure of gas efficiency converted into electric figures.
Leaders in the fully electric category include the 2015 Tesla Model S (95/106) and the 2016 Ford Focus Electric (110/99). Triple digits! These guys blow everything else out of the water!
We’ve Come a Long Way
Fuel efficiency technology has definitely come a long way in a short period of time. To put things in perspective, gas mileage for compact cars in the year 2000 was typically around 18/25. Wow! That’s good news for the environment. At the rate we’re going, numbers should continue to improve at a rapid pace. In the next few years we should expect even more improvements and applications of fuel technology.
You can preserve your car’s gas efficiency over the years by keeping it properly maintained and serviced. If any aspect of your car’s systems is lagging, it can affect fuel economy drastically. Make the most of your car’s gas mileage by bringing it into Convoy Auto Repair, San Diego’s favorite auto repair shop. Stop by today and create a regular schedule for your complete car checkup and other first-rate services.