Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Picking A Better Car (1986-2003)

A friend of mine recently made a second-hand vehicle purchase. It reminded me to write about the Fuel Consumption Guide Database. For vehicles made between 1986 and 2003, this guide lists the fuel consumption for both city and highway driving.

It also has a Fuel Cost Calculator, where you can calculate and compare the yearly fuel costs of different cars, and an Emissions Calculator where you can estimate the greenhouse impact of a vehicle.

After all, this is an important decision. Apart from helping the planet, there's no point getting a car that's $1000 cheaper only to end up paying an extra $500 in petrol each and every year.

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