Saving money on fuel is usually a top priority for people these days. The US Department of Energy listed the 2013 best and worst cars for fuel efficiency (excluding electric vehicles). The top worst cars included the Bentley, Ferrari, and Maserati, Rolls Royce, and Mercedes. It’s safe to say that if you can afford a Ferrari, gas prices aren’t much of a worry. For this reason, this article will highlight the top 4 best cars for fuel efficiency.

1. Toyota Prius Hybrid

Average MPG: 50 
Cost to fill tank: $39
Savings in fuel over a 5-year period: $6,500

2. Ford C-MAX Hybrid FWD

Average MPG: 47
Cost to fill tank: $44
Savings in fuel over a 5-year period: $6,250

3. Toyota Prius Hybrid V

Average MPG: 42
Cost to fill tank: $39
Savings in fuel over a 5-year period: $5,500

4. Honda CR-Z

Average MPG: 37
Cost to fill tank: $35
Savings in fuel over a 5-year period: $4,500

The above cars are great for saving money on gas, but not everyone can afford to spend $30,000 on a vehicle. Here are some tips to make your vehicle, gas guzzler or not, more fuel efficient.

1. Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking can reduce your gas mileage by 33% according to US Department of Energy. These are all characteristics of aggressive driving, which, besides being expensive, is also dangerous. Speeds above 50 mph quickly decreases mileage. Using cruise control can help you maintain a good speed.

2. Extra pounds in your vehicle equal fewer mpg, so don’t keep heavy items in your car for too long.

3. Idling wastes gas – about a quarter to a half gallon per hour. It’s better to turn your engine off if you are going to be waiting longer than a minute or two.

4. Using overdrive gears makes your car’s engine slow down and saves gas.

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Photo copy right of Mariordo

Photo copy right of Mariordo – Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz

Photo “2011 Toyota Prius Wagon Hybrid copy right of Michael Gil

Photo copy right of Mariordo Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz

Ken Christensen
Partner, Founder at Christensen & Hymas
Ken Christensen is the founding partner of Christensen & Hymas. He is an avid cyclist, loves baseball, and enjoys spending time with his family in the outdoors.

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