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Even if you don't have a Hybrid, a few simple tips are all you need to give your vehicle's fuel economy the boost it deserves, which isn't a bad idea considering that gas prices are spiraling upward again this summer.
Here are some of the top money- and planet-saving tricks, according to KBB.com:
1. Reduce your air conditioning
2. Change your filters at scheduled intervals
3. Check your tire pressure regularly
4. Use a fuel additive in each fill-up to increase engine performance
5. Get fuel injectors cleaned"Gas prices have reached levels that are causing consumers to take steps they may not have when pump prices were more moderate to improve fuel economy and save a few dollars," said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book (KBB). "If these consumers actually perform all of these gas saving tips, it's likely they could save up to 15 or 20 percent of their entire fuel costs annually."
Only more than a quarter of consumers (26 percent) say they would employ all of these recommended fuel-saving tips to achieve greater fuel economy or save some gas money, according to a KBB Marketing Research study. A contrasting 5 percent, on the other hand, won't be doing a thing.
And if you are one of the 69 percent of new-vehicle consumers who plan to change the car they drive in order to improve your fuel economy or cash flow, KBB.com's editors have a list of their top picks for fuel-efficient vehicles below. ::Kelley Blue Book
Kbb.com Editorial Staff
Honda Civic Hybrid
The Honda Civic Hybrid is the Prius alternative with more mainstream
styling, if not all the fuel economy.
Nissan Altima Hybrid
Beneath its sporty-sedan sheet metal, Nissan's Altima Hybrid uses
licensed Toyota hybrid technology.
Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec
Powered by a state-of-the-art clean diesel engine, the Mercedes-Benz
E320 Bluetec is as powerful and smooth as you'd expect anything
wearing a three-pointed star to be.
The Toyota Tacoma's bulletproof reputation for reliability is backed
up by some of the category's best fuel economy.
GM's excellent new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are just about
the most fuel-efficient full-size pickups out there.
The 2008 Audi TT deftly maximizes turbo power and efficiency in one
fun and fuel-frugal coupe.
Ford Escape Hybrid
Revamped for 2008, the Ford Escape Hybrid combines excellent mileage
with SUV versatility.
Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The Highlander Hybrid is Toyota's only hybrid SUV, and the only one to
boast a lineage that includes the revolutionary Prius.
With more total cargo volume than the brand's own Yukon, the three-row
GMC Acadia delivers everything most families require from a
traditional full-size SUV but with significantly better mileage.
Some of the same characteristics that make the small and lightweight
Mazda MX-5 one of the purest driver's cars of all time help make it a
joy at the gas pump, too.
What some consider the best minivan available, the Honda Odyssey, also
delivers the best mileage. Under light loads, the Odyssey can cruise
on just three of its six cylinders.
A secret weapon in the fight against fuel prices, the extremely fun
MINI Cooper delivers highway mileage of up to 36 mpg.
Toyota Matrix/ Pontiac Vibe
The Toyota Matrix and Pontiac Vibe cousins are small but tall wagons
that have been delivering outstanding fuel economy since the 2003
* (Note: All fuel economy figures reflect the new-for-2008 model year