Everyone’s heard a lot of opinions about gas mileage, but what is the truth when it comes to getting the best mileage on your current model? As it turns out, several different conditions determine a car’s ability to run smoothly. We’ve complied some important facts — and debunked a few common misconceptions — about gas mileage, as well as some models that rise to the task of delivering a quality ride for every type of driver.
Fact: Tires with proper air levels help save on gas.
A vehicle will burn more gas while driving on tires with lower air and tread. Driving with under-inflated tires is dangerous, but over-inflating them can be just as bad. Filling your tires to the proper level will optimize gas as well as mitigate the risk of popping a tire — not to mention your drives will be smoother and more comfortable.
Myth: Small cars get better mileage based on their size.
Large vehicles can obtain equal, if not superior, gas mileage compared to smaller cars. If an engine is in optimum shape and the owner performs sufficient maintenance and diligent service to their car, then there’s no reason why a larger car can’t eke out the same gas mileage as a compact car. For instance, the 2017 Toyota Prius is a midsize model that achieves a medium 50 MPG despite its standard size, which can save tons on gas. Each model size has its perks, of course, but where gas is concerned, it is best to cross-compare mileages over a range of similar model sizes to get the best possible selection. You don’t necessarily have to go smaller to save big!
Fact: Wind resistance burns gas faster.
If wind speeds are high on the freeway, added pressure on your car will force it work harder to maintain speed. This can have a similar effect to leaving your air conditioning on for long stretches of time, so be mindful of your acceleration on windy days. Assess where and how long you’ll be driving and roll the windows down to alleviate heat as needed. The 2017 Lexus RX 350, with 295 horsepower and a host of visual display amenities, is a solid choice for a vehicle that can drive with ease on any terrain (without burning through too much gas).
Myth: Better fuel means better mileage.
Though certain cars do require a specific type of fuel, in most models it actually doesn’t matter. The different classifications of octane ratings are simply a grade that lets drivers know the level of resistance and compressibility in each variety. In standard engines, unless the maker specifies otherwise, filling up with the lowest grade will get the job done just as well as a higher-numbered grade. For example, any fuel of your choosing can be used with the 2017 Honda Civic to achieve a respectable 36 miles per gallon combined on city roads and highways.
Fact: LexService offers top-quality service to help your vehicle run efficiently.
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