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Fighting Pump Inflation: What Autos Have A High MPG?

Unless you haven’t been paying attention (or perhaps have been in jail or something), you are fully aware that gas has surpassed the $4 per gallon mark in the US.  In Los Angeles, many gas stations are showing prices at or above $5 per gallon.  Amazing really, considering a year ago gas was hovering below the $3 per gallon mark and showed no real signs of upward mobility.

So how do you combat that?  What can a consumer do to lower the gut punch of a $50 - $100 per fill-up pricetag?  First and foremost, if it is time to replace your car, you might want to consider the following list of the EPA’s top rated “Fuel Sippers” among 2011 vehicles.  The majority of the vehicles are hybrids, including the car at the top, the 2011 Toyota Prius.  The two non-hybrids on the list are two models each of the 2011 Honda CR-Z and the 2011 smart fortwo.

Another great source of information about fuel economy is TrueCar’s monthly TrueMPG ratings, which computes average fuel economy by brand, manufacturer, origin and vehicle segment by using actual sales data/forecasted sales data for the current month.  Simply put, they will show you the total MPG for a manufacturer AND the best deals to buy those cars.  For April, the overall TrueMPG was 22.2 MPG…Hyundai was the top manufacturer with a combined TrueMPG of 26.

Regardless of whether you buy a new high fuel economy car or just drive less, there are simple ways to make your gas dollar stretch further.  Make sure your tires are fully inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended amount, make sure you get your oil changed and do other routine maintenance and find shorter routes.  And if your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends a higher octane, try to use it…the car was tuned for a higher octane and will run sluggishly on the lower octane, giving you better fuel economy on the more expensive gas.

Gas is getting more expensive, that is a reality.  But if you can find ways to use less and spend less, you will certainly be happier in the long run.

If you need more help finding an auto with MPG's that work for you, check out our Perfect Auto Finder tool.