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Good On Gas & More

It used to be that getting a fuel-efficient car was a trade off, you'd have to give up power and forget about storage space.

But Consumer Reports says times have changed. That's good news for people who like everything about a big vehicle except the bills at the pump.

When you fill up at the gas station, that's when you really wish your car got better mileage.

Consumer Reports, which has been testing cars since 1936, says you don't have to compromise anymore to get a fuel efficient car.

David Champion is director of auto testing, he said, “You don't really have to give up anything. You can have good horsepower, good fuel economy, and a good amount of interior space.”

Consumer Reports' acceleration test shows it picks up speed quickly. It can go from zero to sixty in just over 8 seconds.

As for fuel economy, it's measured on this course and on the highway. Here testers stop and go frequently to mimic city driving.

Consumer reports found the mid-sized pilot gets 17 miles per gallon overall, far better than large suvs that average around 13.

And the Pilot can seat eight comfortably, including three in the backseat.

Consumer Reports says mini vans are an even better option than a mid sized suv.

And Consumer Reports has even tested some small cars that have quick acceleration and are relatively roomy.

For example, the Ford Focus can handle 3 adults in the backseat, no problem. And it can hold lots of luggage.

So no matter what type of car you want, you can find some that are good on gas without making a lot of compromises.

Consumer Reports says you can improve gas mileage with any car, by making sure your tires are properly inflated and by keeping your vehicle tuned up.


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