The government says you can expect to pay 17 cents more per gallon this summer than you did last year. Consumer Reports can help steer you toward a vehicle that'll help you save at the pumps.
Fluctuating gasoline prices, a tight economy and U-S dependency on Mideast oil all have people worried about how much gas their car uses.
“I can spend about $50 a week, maybe more.”
"I wouldn’t mind it going back to a dollar."
"If it keeps going up I’m not gonna be able to afford to drive my car."
To help drivers find a fuel-efficient car, Consumer Reports tests vehicles on a special course like this that simulates city driving.
Each car is driven through the same stop-and-go procedure, so gas consumption can be measured under the same conditions.
David Champion, Director of Auto Testing, says some vehicles are far better than others.
"Within in each class of car, we see a significant difference in gas mileage, of each model. In general the hybrid vehicles always perform the best.”
Hybrid cars are powered by both a gas engine and an electric motor. The hybrid Toyota Prius gets excellent mileage going 30 miles per gallon in the city and 49 on the highway.
If you want a bigger car, you’ll have to go traditional. The four cylinder Honda Accord EX gets the best mileage of any family sedan with 16 miles per gallon in the city and 38 on the highway.
“Compared with the Dodge Intrepid, which gets 12 in the city and 30 on the highway. The Honda Accord will save you about 30 percent at the pumps."
If you are looking for an SUV that’s easier on gas, your best choice is the Honda Pilot EX. It gets 13 miles per gallon in the city and 27 on the highway.
So, Consumer Reports says if you want to save money on gas, you’ve got plenty of options.
Consumer Reports says newer diesel vehicles are also very fuel-efficient. The VW Golf manual shift gets 29 miles per gallon in the city and 54 on the highway.
The fuel efficiency of every vehicle Consumer Reports tests is available in the annual auto issue which you can find in bookstores until June 11.