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Fuel Efficiency Standards : Do the Math

When renting a car these days, fuel efficiency probably plays a big role in deciding which vehicle to choose. While the price of the rental car itself is probably the biggest consideration, knowing what it’ll cost to fill up at the pump can also save you a lot of money during a trip.

One of the best ways to decide on a car is to do some research ahead of time. That way, you’ll know the approximate miles per gallon (MPG) your car will get on the highway and in the city. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are two ways MPG is estimated:

  • City MPG. A city estimate represents urban driving, in which a vehicle is started in the morning and driven in stop-and-go traffic.
  • Highway MPG. This estimate represents a mix of rural and highway driving in a warmed-up vehicle, in flowing traffic.

Most rental car companies offer plenty of economy vehicles with good fuel ratings. For instance, the Chevrolet Aveo sedan with automatic transmission is a popular rental car that gets an impressive EPA estimated MPG 25 city, 34 highway. Still, if there’s a great deal on a full-sized vehicle or SUV, that may even out costs in the end. If you’re not sure, ask. Rental agents are always happy to help you compare and estimate costs so you can find a car that fits your needs.

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