Tips for Choosing the Best, Most Fuel Efficient Vehicles

Buying a new car is a big decision. And with gas prices skyrocketing, the demand for fuel efficient vehicles is also reaching new heights. But how do you find the most fuel efficient vehicle, while also finding one that also fits your lifestyle?
Here are a few tips to help you in your search:

1. Know what you need. While a compact car may give you the best bang for your buck, it’s not exactly a reality if you have a big family. Decide what works best (minivan, SUV, sedan, coupe, truck), rule out models that are out of your price range and go from there. Then you can start comparing fuel efficient vehicles that are more suited to you.

2. Choose an engine size. If you haul a lot of items or people around, you may want to have some power under the hood when you need it. But keep in mind, you’ll pay for that power at the pump. A car with a four-cylinder engine is a more fuel efficient vehicle than one with a six- or eight-cylinder engine. Choose one that works for you.

3. Compare online. Plenty of online car sites offer comparison tools that let you look at several vehicles side by side and compare gas mileage and other features. With these easy-to-use research tools, everything you need to find the best fuel efficient vehicle for you is right at your fingertips.

4. Consider a Hybrid. When it comes to big savings at the pump, hybrid vehicles seem an obvious choice—yet they’re often overlooked. Today’s technologically advanced hybrid vehicles offer proven reliability and come in a range of types—from compacts to SUVs. You may pay a little bit more for a hybrid upfront—but the savings at the gas station may be worth it.

5. Buy a new or "newer" car. Over the past few years, manufacturers have added a variety of technologies to improve mileage and create the most fuel efficient vehicles available. Be sure to compare new to used before making any decisions.

  1. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, excludes the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee of $810 for Cars, $860 for Small/Medium Trucks (Sienna, RAV4, Highlander Gas, Highlander HV, FJ Cruiser, 4Runner, Tacoma and Venza), and $995 for Large Trucks (Land Cruiser, Tundra and Sequoia). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota's charge for these services is called the "Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee" and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota's overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. Actual dealer price will vary.
  2. 2013 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.
        2014 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.
  3. EPA-estimated driving range when vehicle is fully charged. Excludes driving conditions. Actual mileage will vary.
  4. 2014 EPA-estimated mpg equivalent. Actual mpge will vary based on driving habits, charging practice, battery age, weather, temperature and road/traffic conditions. Battery capacity will decrease with time and use. For more information on mpge and range, please see www.fueleconomy.gov.
  5. 2013 EPA combined estimated miles per gasoline gallon equivalent. Estimate includes consumption of electricity and gasoline energy during EV Mode operation. Actual results will vary for many reasons including driving conditions and how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
  6. 2014 EPA-estimated 51 city/49 highway/50 combined mpg. Actual mileage will vary.