Compact Cars - they're fuel efficient

Compact cars are everywhere, and getting more popular. They're most likely to have a four cylinder engine in them, and that's what makes them very fuel efficient. If you drive a lot, you'll want to consider a small car in order to save gas.

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Drive a 4 cylinder car. Ever since I can remember, one of the best ways to save money on gas has been to buy one of the compact cars with a 4 cylinder engine. They get better fuel economy than a 6 cylinder, and there is plenty of power to do all the normal driving that you need. Regardless of the power options loaded into the car, 4 cylinder vehicles help you save money on gas.

You don’t have to buy anything new. There are plenty of older 4 cylinder cars out there. It seems to me that knowing how to save gas has something to do with being content with a 4 cylinder car.

I was never a muscle car guy back in the 1970s, and I am not a NASCAR fan today, so I’m not at all impressed by loud exhausts, squealing tires or being able to pass everyone like they are standing still. For me the car is a tool to get me safely from one place to another. It isn’t an extension of my personality, nor is it something I need to help reassure myself of my maleness.

When I bought my Saturn, I wanted to save money on gas. I wanted the best fuel economy they offered, and I wanted an automatic transmission. I bought a “sport coupe” despite the name. The styling is aerodynamic, so it slips through the air rather well, allowing me to achieve up to 44 MPG under ideal conditions.

I’m happy knowing that I save gas driving one of the compact cars. I’m getting better fuel economy than those “fuelish” people that have so much of their personal worth wrapped up in the way their car looks, sounds and performs. If they drove more conservatively, they would leave more coin in their pocket and less rubber on the pavement.

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