Your Green Life: Fuel Efficiency

By KBJR Manager

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

The summer month are a great time for travel, and with fuel prices spiking, many are taking more notice of the fuel efficiency of their used vehicles.

In many cases you may notice that your car isn't getting as many miles to the gallon as the sticker label said.

Meteorologist Shannon Murphy explains that in "Your Green Life."

2008 models are still the top car on show room floors, along with updated sticker numbers.

The EPA's old method of testing was a bit out of date.

"They didn't use air conditioning. They didn't drive in stop and go traffic. They didn't carry any weight in the car. Just not the type of conditions that people drive in now."

So, the new numbers will be based on real world driving.
"Now unfortunately that means that those numbers are down."
Especially on hybrids.

"The estimates from the EPA on hybrids were much more inflated then for gasoline only cars."

Well that doesn't mean sticker shock says Chip Vong at the Toyota Dealership.

"I think a lot of people know that the sticker numbers are a lot of tiems inflated. You know its not really based on real world driving."

The 2008 Prius hybrid estimate is six to twelve miles less than before.
Expect SUVs to be two to three miles less.

"But so far it doesn't seem to affect buying decision."

In most 2008 models, you can expect a ten percent difference in miles per gallon versus previous year's vehicles.

For the Northland's NewsCenter, I'm meteorologist Shannon Murphy.

The actual mileage you get will still vary based on your driving habits and traffic conditions.