Continuing with two urban legends that the old folks used to talk about !

6. Myth - The size of the car is correlated to its fuel economy levels

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As while in the past having a smaller car was correlated to the low fuel consumption of the vehicle with the arrival of modern technologies things have changed. And while the most efficient petite non-hybrid car is the 40 mpg Mitsubishi Mirage, looking at EPA’s top 10 list – about 50% of the featured cars are 2016 model year midsized vehicles to large cars and wagons. The midsize hybrid Toyota Prius (50 mpg) is a chart cracker followed by the midsized sedan 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid projected to get 47 mpg, that’s much more spacious, comfortable and safe than most econoboxes offered on the market. Also, apart from hybridization, other modern fuel-saving technologies are turbocharging, direct injection, low rolling resistant tires, and even diesel engines.

7. Myth - EPA window stickers are a form of guaranty on fuel economy 

epa stickers

It’s important to know that the fuel economy certification indicates the relative efficiency of the vehicle rather than a fixed number. EPA has also made it clear by stating that ‘The primary purpose of EPA fuel economy estimates is to provide consumers with a uniform, unbiased way of comparing the relative efficiency of vehicles. Even though the EPA’s test procedures are designed to reflect real-world driving conditions, no single test can accurately model all driving styles and environments.’  And we can’t really expect that anyone would be able to take into account all variables, having in mind that we drive differently, in disparate environments, and use different type of gas. A great example EPA gives is that if you use ethanol at a 10 percent mix with regular gas you can actually decrease fuel economy by around 3 percent.

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