Top Vehicle Buying Tips

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In the market for a new car, truck, van or SUV? Follow these five tips to find the most fuel-efficient vehicle for your everyday driving needs:

  1. Remember: the smaller, the better.

    Generally, the bigger the vehicle, the more fuel it consumes and carbon dioxide it produces. Narrow your options to the smallest class of vehicle that adequately meets your everyday needs.

  2. Reign in the horsepower.

    Many vehicle models accommodate more than one size of engine. Choose the smallest engine that meets your needs to save fuel—and money—on every kilometre you drive.

  3. Pick your power wisely.

    A growing number of passenger vehicles come with diesel engines, which can cut your fuel consumption by as much as 30 percent to a comparable gasoline engine. Hybrid electric vehicles are a cross between conventional automobiles and all-electric vehicles, and consume far less fuel than standard cars, trucks, vans and SUVs.

  4. Gear up your transmission.

    As a rule, manual transmissions are more efficient than automatic transmissions. If you opt for an automatic transmission, consider one with as many gears as possible to ensure your engine operates at optimal efficiency while you drive.

  5. Simplify your drivetrain.

    Consider opting for two-wheel drive. Vehicles that use two-wheel drive consume up to 10 percent less fuel than their heavier four-wheel or all-wheel drive cousins.

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Review what you have learned. Move on to module four