What is fuel economy?
Just about everybody has heard of fuel economy by now. In a generation where gas prices are through the roof, people are paying far more attention to how their vehicle runs and what it’s going to cost them at the pump. Thus fuel economy has moved much more to the forefront than it was a few years ago. But you might be asking yourself, exactly what is fuel economy?
The actual definition of the term is “the fuel efficiency relationship between the distance traveled and the amount of fuel consumed.” Essentially, fuel economy is the umbrella term for everything that goes into your vehicle attempting to make it run more efficiently in terms of fuel. For instance, if you decide to use your car to move your bench press from your old apartment to your new house, your fuel economy is going to take a bit of a hit because the extra weight decreases its fuel efficiency.
Everything from tires without the necessary pressure, to a slightly off front-end alignment can affect fuel efficiency. For this reason, you want to make sure you’re taking good care of your car, otherwise its going to end up hitting you in the form of stealing from your wallet. But the main thing to look at in terms of fuel economy if you’re purchasing car, is the actual EPA-estimated fuel economy rating. The number is a direct correlation to how many liters of gas your vehicle eats up compared to how many kilometers you drive by the hundred. A 4.6 l/100km EPA-estimated fuel economy, like in the 2015 Toyota Prius, means that your car or truck goes through 4.6 litres of gasoline every one-hundred kilometers you drive.
And that number is only if everything else in your vehicle is the way it’s supposed to be. It doesn’t take into account the extra weight, the low tire pressure, or the off-kilter alignment. So be sure to pay attention to the fuel economy rating if shopping for a car or truck, and be sure to take care of the vehicle after you purchase it, otherwise you’ll steadily be forking over more and more money at the pump.