What Does MPG Mean in a Car?

December 4, 2023

When shopping for a new car, mpg is one of the most important things to consider. It’s the number of miles that a vehicle can travel down the streets of Deltona on a single gallon of fuel, and is an excellent indicator of how economical a car will be in real-world driving conditions.

The good news is that modern cars achieve great mpg figures – even in comparison with previous models, and despite the fact that their engines are more powerful. The reason for this is that manufacturers are now using better technology to help their vehicles be more efficient. This includes improving the efficiency of the transmission, reducing idling and revving times, and making sure that the vehicle is well-maintained.

There are also many factors that can affect a car’s gas mileage, including the type of road it drives on and the driver’s behaviour. For example, stopping and starting in traffic uses more fuel than driving at a constant speed on the motorway.

You can see how a vehicle’s mpg is rated by looking at the official fuel economy ratings that are published, which are generally separated into 'city' and ‘highway' figures. The former uses laboratory tests to rate a car’s efficiency, while the latter is based on real-world driving on a variety of different roads.

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