What to Consider When Buying A Car

If you are currently or soon to be in the market for a new car, there are some important considerations you must have in mind about today’s world when you buy. There is fast rising inflation, a disintegrating real estate market, widespread global warming, terrorism and dependency on Middle East Oil, rising energy demands worldwide and insecurity in the banks and lending industry. Do you want to take out a long term loan on a car? You probably need to scale down because most of us were buying up big cars and SUVs which are now huge gas guzzling burdens. The entire picture is huge and overwhelming. So I’ve sort of boiled it all down to a few simple rules. Only know how much you can afford to spend on a new car and whether or not you will buy new or used, but there are measurements for many other factors that are easily sorted out and made sense of.

In this article, I am striving to list the cars with the lowest MPG, highest fuel efficiency, lowest carbon imprint and most reasonable size and comfort factors. Saving on fuel and mileage is great but it stinks if you have to squeeze into a tiny car with no trunk to do it. There is one thing I’d like to cure you of but I’m not sure I can. I’d like you to stop caring so much about how a car looks and worry more about how it performs. An ugly car that saves you a bundle, as long as it’s comfortable, is far more desirable than a gas guzzling zoomer with a hot body and a big carbon footprint. All of us stare at the good looking people but no one wants a high maintenance bombshell with a lot of baggage. So be realistic and mature when you go car shopping. Pick out the best performer for the best price and pass the others up. Here is my list to help you make better sense of all of it.

The Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Cars

#1: Toyota Prius. 45 mpg on the highway and 48 mpg in the city.

#2: Toyota Prius Hybrid: 45 mpg on the highway and 48 mpg in the city.

#3: Honda Civic Hybrid: 45 mpg on the highway and 40 mpg in the city.

#4: Smart For Two Convertible or Coupe: 41 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg in the city.

#5: MINI Cooper: 37 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg in the city

#6: Toyota Corolla: 37 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg in the city

#7: Toyota Yaris: 35 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg in the city

#8: Honda Fit: 34 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg in the city

#9: Volkswagen Passat: 29 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in the city

#10: Mazda MX-5: 27 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city.

Most Fuel Efficient SUVs & Trucks:

All of these SUVs get a high 34 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg in the city.

Ford Escape Hybrid FWD:
Mazda Tribute Hybrid
Mazda Tribute Hybrid 2WD
Mercury Mariner Hybrid
Mercury Mariner Hybrid FWD

The best performing Trucks get 26 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in the city.

These are:

Ford Ranger Pickup 2WD
Mazda B2300 Pickup
Mazda B2300 2WD

2008 Model Diesel Vehicles:

Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec: 32 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in the city. Has a pollution rating of 3 out of 10, which is better than most. Yearly fuel cost comes in under $3000.

Mercedes-Benz GL320 CDI 4matic: 24 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg in the city. Has a pollution rating of 1 out of 10, which is about average. Yearly fuel cost comes in around $3500.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2WD: 23 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg in the city. Has a pollution rating of 1 out of 10, which is about average. Yearly fuel cost comes in around $3500.

The Top 10 Highest Greenhouse Gas and Pollution Scores:

#1: Toyota Prius: Pollution score of 9.5 out of 10; Greenhouse Gas Score of 10 out of 10; gets 48 mpg on the highway and 45 mpg in the city.

#2: Honda Civic Hybrid: Pollution score of 9.5 out of 10; Greenhouse Gas Score of 10 out of 10; gets 45 mpg on the highway and 40 mpg in the city.

#3: Nissan Altima Hybrid: Pollution score of 9.5 out of 10; Greenhouse Gas Score of 9 out of 10; gets 33 mpg on the highway and 35 mpg in the city.

#4: Honda Civic: Pollution Score of 9.5 out of 10; Greenhouse Gas Score of 9 out of 10; gets 36 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city.

#5: Toyota Camry Hybrid: Pollution Score of 9.5 out of 10; Greenhouse Gas Score of 9 out of 10; gets 34 mpg on the highway and 33 mpg in the city.

#6: Ford Escape Hybrid: Pollution Score of 9.5 out of 10; Greenhouse Gas Score of 9 out of 10; gets 34 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg in the city.

#7: Mazda Tribute Hybrid: Pollution Score of 9.5 out of 10; Greenhouse Gas Score of 9 out of 10; gets 34 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg in the city.

#8: Mercury Mariner Hybrid: Pollution Score of 9.5 out of 10; Greenhouse Gas Score of 9 out of 10; gets 34 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg in the city.

#9: Ford Focus: Pollution rating of 9.5 out of 10; Greenhouse Gas Score of 8 out of 10; gets 35 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg in the city.

#10: Hyundai Elantra: Pollution rating of 9.5 out of 10; Greenhouse Gas Score of 8 out of 10; gets 33 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city.

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