By Stephanie Lezotte
Summer is near and car dealerships will soon offer incentives for purchasing 2013 vehicle models in order to make room for 2014 models. If you are in the market for a new sedan and fuel efficiency is important to you, we have identified the most fuel-efficient 2013 models.
Hybrid vehicles are really a separate category, we have excluded them from our list and only included gasoline powered sedans. Below is data on the 8 most fuel-efficient regular gasoline sedans for 2013, with fuel efficiency ratings directly from the EPA fuel economy rankings. The list includes economy cars, mid-ranged priced cars, and luxury brand cars, so there are choices for all budgets and preferences. All sedans listed have an automatic transmission to achieve EPA-rated fuel economy figures, unless noted.
The SUV is often used as a symbol of anti-environmental excess. Remember the Hummer? Even so, large numbers of people still love to own them and drive them. To pretend that they don’t is pointless. So we’ve compiled this list of SUVs that get the highest gas mileage, which is significantly higher than some of the ones with the worst gas mileage, and also better than some sedans.
The Sport Utility Vehicle is a popular choice for those who enjoy the comfort of a car but the convenience of a truck. SUVs handle off-road adventures better than their smaller counterparts, can hold up to eight passengers while towing, and have extra interior space and cargo room, making the SUV truly versatile. The SUV also straddles the line for fuel efficiency; they generally get better gas mileage than trucks and rival gas mileage on many cars. We have compiled a list of the most fuel-efficient 2013 SUV models based on EPA fuel economy ratings.
by Stephanie Lezotte
Yesterday’s gas-guzzling pickup trucks have come a long way. Advanced engineering has brought hybrid engines and fuel-efficient technology to some of the most rugged trucks, allowing drivers to save money at the pump and to be somewhat more environmentally conscious without sacrificing the hauling capacity of a pickup.
According to EPA fuel economy data, the most fuel-efficient 2013 pickup trucks with the best gas mileage numbers are manufactured by six companies: Toyota, Chevy, GMC, Nissan, Dodge, and Ford. Among these six manufacturers, dozens of models and trims are offered with an MPG combined rating of 17 or better, with the best model being the Toyota Tacoma 2WD manual transmission that gets a combined MPG of 23.
We looked at 50 pickup trucks to provide you with this comprehensive list of the six most fuel-efficient 2013 trucks and notable others. Our list includes regular gasoline 4-to-8-cylinder engines and hybrids. All models listed come standard with an automatic transmission unless otherwise noted.
Considering the purchase of a new energy efficient washing machine this year? Read this post first.
According to the ENERGY STAR website, the average American family washes about 300 loads of laundry each year. In order for a clothes washer to be ENERGY STAR qualified, it must use 20% less energy and 35% less water than regular washers. ENERGY STAR washers also have a larger tub capacity for fewer washings.
Both top- and front-load washers can be ENERGY STAR certified. ENERGY STAR top-load models do not fill water to the top of the tub like standard top-load washers do. They clean by flipping or spinning clothes through a stream of water and have sensors to monitor water levels and temperature. Rinsing is also unlike traditional top-load washers; ENERGY STAR top-load washers rinse clothes with repeated high-pressure sprays rather than soaking. Front-loaders, on the other hand, simulate the motion of putting clothes in water by dipping them over and over via spinning. They only fill partially with water and spin faster to reduce drying time and energy consumption by better extracting moisture.
We have reviewed major brands and identified 8 of their most efficient washers for sale in 2013, based on ENERGY STAR ratings. These comparisons focus on two equations: Modified Energy Factor (MEF) and Water Factor (WF). Energy efficient washers have a high MEF and water efficient units have a low WF value. These numbers are often compared to Federal Standards as a benchmark. The Federal Standard MEF is 1.26 and the Federal Standard WF is 9.5. All 8 of our picks exceed the Federal Standards by varying degrees.
Thinking about buying a new 2013 diesel car and looking at the options? We’re here to help.
Diesel offerings continue to gain ground. New for 2013 are the BMW 33d Sports Wagon, Chevy Cruze Diesel sedan, Mercedes GL250 BlueTEC SUV, Porsche Cayenne Diesel SUV, and the Volkswagen Beetle TDI. With tougher diesel emissions standards being implemented in Europe in 2014, we may see even more diesel engines crossing over the Atlantic to U.S. shores in the near future.