New Consumer Reports Tests Question EPA Mileage
December 8th 2005
insurance costs and gas prices many consumers are looking for ways
to save money. Budding automobile purchasers are considering hybrid
cars as a way to achieve that goal. But are the hybrids really
It depends on who
you talk to. Some buyers complain that they are not getting the
advertised gas mileage. On an ABC World News Tonight story buyers
are seen grumbling over what they perceive as a misrepresentation.
The cars are put
through a standardized Dyno-test that other cars go through to get
the gas mileage figures. The EPA has been doing this for years, but
now that gas mileage has become an ever increasing factor for buying
a hybrid, the numbers are being heavily scrutinized.
Magazine has found that actual road tests indicate the cars may get
lower gas mileage than what the EPA claims. For instance, the EPA
claims the Toyota Prius gets 60 mpg (miles per gallon), but consumer
reports claims it only gets 35 mpg. The EPA claimed the Honda Civic
Hybrid gets 48 mpg in the city while Consumer Reports claims it gets
only 26 mpg.
It is important
to note that regular / conventional cars did not fare as well by
Consumer Reports either. Their numbers were well below what the EPA
came up with in their tests. The EPA is considering revising their
EPA mpg calculations to consider energy consuming factors like air
conditioning and heating.
Hybrid cars are
still considerably more fuel efficient than conventional gas cars.
The hybrid car manufacturers recommend some energy saving driving
techniques like not gunning the car from a stop.
really caught on and expect to see more trucks and SUVís
incorporating the hybrid technology. Also next year, the Federal
Government will be offering tax credits that will make purchasing a
hybrid more appealing. Currently you can get a tax deduction for
purchasing a hybrid.
Tax credits will
save you much more money, thus making your break-even point much
sooner. If you drive a long commute and you can save just $5 per
day on gas, that works out to $1,300 per year saved on gas (5 day
work week X 52 weeks). If the hybrids cost you $3,000 more than the
conventional car and you can get a $2,000 tax credit you will break
even within one year. You will continue to save $1,300 ever year
behind the tax credits have not been finalized, but when they are
bring your calculator and a sharp pencil to the dealer with you.
Earlier reports indicate the tax credits will vary from model to
model. A smart choice at that time could save you money year after
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