Is Outdated Information Costing You Money At The Gas Pump?

September 12th, 2018 by

Most common myths about fuel economy
As electric and hybrid models continue to come into their own, most automakers – including Acura – continue to work to make gasoline-powered cars, trucks and SUVs as fuel efficient as possible. The automotive industry has changed so much, so quickly that people are always learning how the most common myths about fuel economy are keeping them from getting the vehicle they really want. Some things continue to be true, like having a heavy foot will likely always come at the cost of efficiency. However, technology has made it possible for today’s automobiles to improve both performance and fuel economy. Let’s take a look at how things have changed.

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Only small cars get good gas mileage
This might be the most pervasive and egregious myth about a vehicle’s fuel economy that just won’t go away. Not only can engines make more power while using less fuel, but the very materials used to build cars and truck have changed. The metal used in vehicles is lighter and the way those metals are put together also helps shed unnecessary pounds. Even though gas prices have been stable for the last few years, it’s still a substantial cost of owning a vehicle. Crossover SUVs would not be as popular as they are if automakers have not been able to increase overall fuel economy across the segment.

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Manual transmissions are more efficient than automatics
Like any good myth, the idea of an old-fashioned “stick shift” being more fuel efficient is based on a truth. A manual transmission was able to be more efficient because of how the mechanics of transferring power to the wheels were designed. Automatic transmissions were simply not able to keep pace. This problem has long since been solved and the technology has evolved into the continuously variable transmission, which has really been a boon to vehicle owners.

An engine needs to warm up before driving
This particular myth is a bit of a mixture. Most modern vehicles in most climates don’t need to warm up before driving. However, if you’re driving in particularly cold weather, this is still a good idea. New vehicles can keep components lubricated without having to wait. Needlessly letting a vehicle run is just needlessly burning fuel and needlessly letting exhaust leak into the atmosphere.

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