Cold weather and winter driving conditions can reduce your fuel economy significantly. Fuel economy tests show that, in short-trip city driving, a conventional gasoline car’s gas mileage is about 12% lower at 20°F (6°C) than it would be at 77°F (25°C). It can drop as much as 22% for very short trips (3 to 4 miles). The effect on hybrid vehicles is worse. Their fuel economy can drop about 31% to 34% under winter conditions. These conclusions are based on an analysis by Oak Ridge National Laboratory comparing EPA Federal Test Procedure (FTP) results for 600 conventional vehicles and 14 hybrids under “normal” temperatures (around 77°F / 25°C) and cold-weather conditions (20°F / 6°C).
All-new 2013 Dodge Dart Aero Model Delivers up to 4.8 L/100 km With the Award-winning 1.4-litre MultiAir® Turbo Engine and a Starting CDN MSRP of $19,795 Windsor, Ontario, Oct 4, 2012 – Chrysler Canada today announced pricing on its newest, most fuel-efficient Dodge model, the Dodge Dart Aero, which features a starting Canadian Manufacturers’ Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $19,795 (excluding destination).
Well it had to happen… sooner or later I had to get a Prius to test drive for a week. I’ve driven all kinds of hybrids over the years, but I’ve always managed to avoid the mother of all pretentious-tree-hugging vehicles – the Prius. So how did it happen? How did my life get to this point? The wife… that’s right – she’s to blame. Last year we saw the all-new third-generation Prius get launched at the Canadian Auto Show and right away my wife wanted me to get one for a road test… and here we are today…
With the price of gas going up and up, does it make sense to get rid of the SUV or V-8 car you’re now driving to buy a much smaller, more economical car? The quick and short answer is… NO!!!! All we ever hear nowadays is “Going Green.” But what is the cost to you and me for going green? After all, we are the ones that have to use our disposable incomes to purchase products and services in order to make it work. We are constantly being bombarded with people telling us to do this or that, but what is right for you? And at what cost?