Those who have a long daily commute to work every day require a reliable car that also has great gas mileage. With the economy the way it is today many people are stepping out and trading in their gas guzzlers for a more fuel efficient vehicle. It is no secret that Lexus is a great car when it comes to fuel economy, but it’s not the best car when it comes to not breaking the bank. Taking a look at cars that are not only easy on the wallet but are great when it comes to fuel economy as well can help keep costs down overall.  Certain cars made by Hyundai have some great economical options with amazing gas mileage (around 29 miles to the gallon city miles and 40 miles to the gallon highway miles) and they all come in under $20,000 US dollars.

Cars like the Mitsubishi i-MiEV are also a great option because they run off of electricity and not gas, only problem with this is that they only go for about 62 miles on a full charge, and you’d need to have access to a charging station. There are cars like the Chevrolet Volt that run off of both gas and electric, they will run off of the electric for about 40 miles and then gas kicks in. This reduces the amount of gas you need to purchase each month. These cars can run close to $30,000 US dollars though, but end up paying for themselves within a year.

Knowing what car to choose can be difficult, but there are ways to help yourself come to a conclusion you are happy with. Pick a car that is both in your budget and meets your needs. If you only need to travel 62 miles then the iMiEV may be for you, but if your commute is  a bit longer and you don’t have a charging station at work the Volt may be more your style. Make sure to shop around, ask lots of questions and you’ll end up with a great car.

If you are sceptic, put off by the cost or just simply still unsure about a hybrid or electronic vehicle you may consider one of the numerous economic options available as they’ll save you a fortune in the long run, you could even put all the money to one side that you would usually spend on gas and save it up towards a newer car in the future, the options are endless. Whatever you choose, have fun doing it, it’s one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make.

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  2. It is important to do the math when looking at hybrid/electric cars. Unless you drive a lot and plan to keep the car for a long time, the higher purchase price outweighs the savings on gas.

    Before spending the money on a car for the sake of better mileage, one should learn how to drive correctly: slow acceleration, no sudden stops and maintaining a reasonable speed. Here in the US, I find it funny watching the people driving the Prius. I assume they bought it for its excellent gas mileage, but when they drive around like a race car driver, they aren’t seeing close to the MPG that the car can achieve.

    • I think thats a very good point Jon! A lot of the time people are so bad on the roads a slight tweek to their driving habits can make all the difference in their fuel consumption…maybe i’ll do a part 3 to this 🙂

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