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The Best New Fuel-Sippers From Every Segment

Popular Mechanics -- Shopping for the best car to help you beat high gas prices isn't just a matter of picking the one with the highest mpg rating. Especially with the rise of hybrids and other engine options, you might find yourself paying a lot more up front for better mileage, then having to calculate whether you'll recoup that down the road.

Take the Ford F-150, which you can buy with the Ecoboost V-6 or the 5.0-liter V-8. According to the EPA, you'd save between $200 and $550 a year going EcoBoost (depending on whether you fill up with E85 or not, which greatly dings fuel economy). But the EcoBoost engine costs about $1000 more out the door. Depending on the price of gas and how much ethanol you use, you're looking at between two and five years to pay yourself back.



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Submitted Jan 06, 2013 By: mastermariner
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 4:51:06 AM

rss: you're very right. EtOH has never been the answer.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 4:55:43 AM

I may not get that good a mileage ("only" 38mpg most of the time) but at least my 8 yr is paid for.
rrs517
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 3:19:18 PM

E-85 is a scam - it not only dings the economy it dings the engine.
335d1
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 5:22:00 AM

Still waiting for that turbodiesel hybrid.
iFueler
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 2:13:14 AM

as others have pointed out, it is the TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP that really counts, HOWEVER, sometimes there are up front cost, and even then most people fail to take into account the cost of money and more importantly OPPORTUNITY COSTS
kgbellman
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 1:20:59 AM

WOW - I can't agree enough with GasHunter0007.

This is, unfortunately, what everyone should be following . . . it's what every one of us should have learned from mom and dad years ago. They should teach stuff like this in High School. Maybe something like a personal finance class - I would bet most kids graduating from High School these days are unfamiliar with these points, or even how to balance a checkbook.
vulcan96
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:59:53 AM

we could save even more with REAL gas , no ethanol.
VikingWoman
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:43:55 AM

I will keep my 2001 Ford Taurus. I don't put many miles on it a year and since I have the oil changed according to the calendar instead of miles, it's not practical to spend $20k on a new car.
GasHunter0007
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:33:02 AM

If you really want to save overall,

1. create a budget and stick to it
2. drive wisely by consolidating your errands or what not
3. save every pay day and stick to it
4. watch how much money you will have in 2 - 4 yrs; be patient; it will grow
5. if you use your cc make sure to pay it off within the 30-day period so you don't pay finance charges
6. don't spend what you don't have. be patient and save and eventually pay cash. this will help you keep track of your expenses
7. save your receipts so you know where your money is going every month
8. don't touch your savings unless you really have to

It's not just the price of gas; that's part of it. Look at the big picture. don't live from paycheck to paycheck. If you will it, you can do it. Start saving 'cause no one is going to do it for you.

[Edited by: GasHunter0007 at 1/7/2013 1:35:29 AM EST]
ClassicWheeler
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:22:28 AM

This does not save anything by purchasing a vehicle that saves energy or fuel. The costs don't add up. That is what I'm telling you for years. There is a formula that the economist are not using to feed to the liberal government or the government is choosing not to tell the people, which I believe the latter. But paying more for a vehicle to save money takes time and in the end, you are saving money by saving on gas. And with the price steadily going up from year to year. It is impossible to save money. The time you would save on the purchase of that vehicle would be on average about 9 years, 3 months. The average life of a person with a vehicle is about 4 years, 2 months. And it use to be back in the 90's only 2 years, 9 months. So where is the savings.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:17:25 AM

ok
wally52
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:14:36 AM

I'll keep my old one.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:12:51 AM

agreed
crreed1
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:11:32 AM

keep your old car
DirtDauber
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:11:12 AM

It doesn't seem economical to me.
PetroScopper
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:10:45 AM

Every improvement to gas mileage helps all of us in the long run. I think the more they build fuel-efficient vehicles the better chance of consumers buying them and eventually that vehicle will go on the market as a used vehicle. Which all means that more and more energy efficient vehicles will be on the road.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:10:02 AM

Ok
cifuentesab
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:09:03 AM

too much
mia3bxs
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:07:42 AM

You're paying a pretty penny to help shave the cost of gas-consumption. I think the prices of both types of vehicles need to match in order to see what would really sell.
wshokie12
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:07:13 AM

It is too expensive to save money?
Thomtec
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:06:50 AM

Ok
THZebra
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:06:47 AM

Other than the Ford F-150, there was not a car on that short list I would desire at all.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:06:44 AM

These cars are very expensive
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:06:23 AM

Haven't taken a sip yet...
PrinceLH
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:05:54 AM

Can't afford one.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:04:56 AM

It is becoming too much of an ordeal studying vehicle' pros and cons as well as evaluating whether you will make out on the purchase. Might as well, keep fixing up "Old Betsey"!
obimerrill
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:04:20 AM

New cars still too expensive if to justify a new car payment
Oldzin
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:03:30 AM

Just have top have the intelligence to look the gift horse in the mouth and figure out the payback period and what it is worth to you.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:03:24 AM

No thanks.
ican2step
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:03:02 AM

Hummmm. Makes fiscal sense if you are a government employee.
bobdec
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:02:56 AM

Good Info
Matt G
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:02:12 AM

They should make a class five truck with ecoboast
wang91554
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:00:54 AM

incremental improvements add up over time
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:00:35 AM

Thers seems like alot of competition
jdevlin
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 11:57:56 PM

OK
jl1rp
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 10:09:49 PM

good read. Bother pick up a Ecoboost F150 and does not miss the V8.
JDchefF
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 9:36:52 PM

Interesting, pays to do your homework on the car you are interested and check to see if there are others that may be a better deal.
rcornel
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 9:16:19 PM

Interesting info.
DesertRat2011
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 8:53:44 PM

I like my diesel Jetta
cmgodwin
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 8:41:46 PM

I'm surprised about the altima also. looks like a good deal
sillywagon
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 7:08:32 PM

A well written article. I so much want a Mazda CX-5, but I am looking at used not new for my next vehicle. :(

mike56MI
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 6:16:15 PM

OK
alterman156
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 4:36:19 PM

The 2013 Honda Accord is a very efficient medium sized car.
endymion
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 4:19:23 PM

Good in the long run, but takes some time to make the outlay back.
pilotmass
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 3:55:03 PM

Love a new car. But $$$$
paulweb
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 3:23:27 PM

Not shopping for a new car now.
jjjleblanc
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 3:09:40 PM

Good to know.
JCI46009IN
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 2:37:49 PM

More good news!!
schatzila
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 2:22:21 PM

Right direction, just a little too slow.
BigRedVTX
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 2:00:38 PM

Even E10 and the pending E15 dings gas mileage.
DJRIO
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 1:59:17 PM

more improvement can be done
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