Miles Per Gallon? Time to think European

By Automotive Staff | July 09, 2008
Because of the recent cost of gasoline, many consumers are considering trading in their old gas guzzler for a more fuel efficient car. But before you do it, make the correct considerations. When trading in a car that has the least fuel efficiency many people would consider that a car that has a marginally better fuel efficiency rating may be off your target list because the savings are believed to be insignificant. But that may not be the case. We are trained to consider miles per gallon when some experts say that we should be thinking in terms of gallons per mile. You would think that miles per gallon would be the same when compared between cars. You would think that 5 gallons per mile will have the same improvement in fuel efficiency as 10 miles per gallon or 20 miles per gallon. But that’s not the case. If you replace a car that gets 10 miles per gallon with a car that gets 11 miles per gallon, you save as much in fuel as going from a 33 miles per gallon car to a 50 miles per gallon car. It should be noted that Europeans, who have been suffering through higher prices for gas longer than we have identify fuel consumption as liters per 100 kilometers. via US News & World Report