Fuel Consumption Myths

Fuel Consumption Myths

Fuel Consumption Myths

Reading Between the Lines

With gas prices constantly on the rise, every driver seems willing to try anything to save a buck or two at the pumps. Even automakers are feeling the increased pressure to continue to produce vehicles that are focused on better and better fuel economy. Unfortunately, when people are so pre-occupied with saving money, a few myths regarding fuel consumption can start to creep their way into common knowledge. Today we are going to examine some common myths and get around what is actually factual in their regards.

Size Matters

Many drivers seem to feel that having a smaller vehicle means you automatically get better fuel economy. It seems logical on its face, but in reality there are many more factors that determine economy than just size. They materials your vehicle is made up of, the shape of it, and engine specs are much more significant in determining your economy.

Air Flow

A very common myth that is perpetrated by mechanics and oil change facilities is that if you change your air filter you will get better fuel economy. Although having a clean air filter may improve overall engine performance, modern vehicles have a computer that measures air flow and adjusts fuel flow to match. So although you may get a bit more acceleration with a clean air filter, you won’t see better fuel consumption.

Getting Old

Many times people decide it is time to upgrade to a newer vehicle because “old cars get poor mileage”. Obviously if your old vehicle is pre fuel injection, that could make a substantial difference, but otherwise the key issue is maintenance not age. New technology has brought increases in fuel economy but the average vehicle actually increases in fuel economy over the first year of operating. If a vehicle is properly maintained it will continue to operate with good fuel consumption for 10 – 15 years. However, if it's time to make change Pathway Hyundai is certainly here to help.


Premium vs. Regular

Another common myth regarding fuel consumption is that if you use Premium fuel at the pumps, it will increase your economy. Unfortunately, unless your vehicle calls for it, there is little difference between regular and premium as far as fuel efficiency is concerned. Check your owner’s manual if you are unsure if your vehicle requires premium or regular fuel

No Name Gas

In addition to the premium vs. regular myth, some people believe that no name or lesser known gas stations somehow offer lower quality fuel than those with a larger name. In reality, many Independent gas stations purchase their fuel from one of the larger oil companies anyways. This means there is virtually no difference in the gas you receive expect potentially the addition of certain additives.