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Most Fuel Efficient Vehicles

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Most efficient overall - Honda Insight hybrid

With 60 mpg city and 66 mpg highway, the Honda hybrid

has top honors as most fuel efficient in the United

States. With a 1.0 gas engine mated to an electric

motor, the insight was designed to make the most

of the power by using low resistance tires. The

bad things about the Insight include a cramped

interior, seating for two, and a very odd styling.

Fuel efficient mid size car - Toyota Prius hybrid

(60 mpg city and 51 mpg highway)

The Prius, unlike the Honda Insight, is capable of

carrying 5 people plus their gear. The Prius will

generate a total of 110 HP from its gasoline engine

and electric motor. The sleek shape to the Prius

has a low co-efficient drag although Toyota has

managed to do this with a larger, yet more driver

friendly vehicle than the Insight of Toyota.

Most efficient compact car - Honda Civic hybrid

(49 mpg city and 51 mpg highway)

With a reputation of being the cheapest hybrid in

North America, the Civic hybrid takes the great

design of the regular Civic and makes it a lot more

efficient. With an output of 110 HP, the Civic

hybrid is very competitive for the class.

Most efficient sub compact car - Volkswagon diesel

(37 mpg city and 44 mpg highway)

The Volkswagon Beetle diesel is ahead of even the

sub compact hybrids. Making 100 HP, the Beetle

diesel may not sound that powerful, although the

177 lb-foot of torque will put shame on every

other vehicle in the same class.

Most efficient station wagon - Pontiac and Toyota

(30 mpg city and 36 mpg highway)

The Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Matrix are both the

result of a joint venture of Toyota and General

Motors. Both vehicles come equipped with Toyota

engines, although a lot of the design and

engineering came from General Motors. Both the

Matrix and the Vibe are versatile with active

lifestyles. With a fuel efficient 1.8L 4 cylinder

that produces 126 HP, the Matrix and the Vibe

aren't going to win a street race although they

make up for it with smoothness, efficiency, and

refinement.

Most efficient large car - Hyundai Sonata

(24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway)

The Sonata is a major surprise, beating out very

stiff competition. The 2.4L 4 cylinder engine is

very smooth, responsive, and powerful. The

suspension however, is soft, and geared more

towards comfort than handling. This isn't a BMW,

although the build quality is great, clearly

demonstrating that Hyundai is no longer a second

rate manufacturer.

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Gas Trucks Versus Diesel Trucks

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If you plan to use your truck like a car, desiring

quick, quiet acceleration and rarely ever haul a

heavy load and don't plan to it for a long time,

you may want a gasoline engine. Gas engines run

smoother, fuel is easier to find, and gas

engines start easier in cold weather.

If you plan to use your truck for towing, value

good fuel economy and plan to put plenty of miles

on it, you may want a diesel. The price to buy

a diesel truck is really high, although they can

offer you a lot in return.

Below, you'll find the leading vehicle manufacturers

and what they offer you.

Dodge

The 2500 and 3500 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty trucks are

the newest 3/4 and 1 ton trucks on the road. Back

in 2002, the Ram didn't have enough power with

the 245 HP 9.5L. Dodge promised more powerful

engines for the 2500/3500 platform and they

delivered on that promise.

The new base engine is the 5.7L gasoline V-8

that's not only the most powerful engine of the

group at 345 HP but also revives the well known

and historical Hemi name.

Ford

Ford helped push the 3/4 ton and 1 ton truck

market to where it is today when it introduced

it's international engineered power stroke

diesel back in 1994. Before 1994, these diesels

were poorly built and no match for the big

inch gasoline engines.

From 1994 to 2002, over 70% of super duty Fords

were sold with the optional 7.3L V-8 diesel

engine. This engine helped to put Ford among

the leaders in diesel trucks, as they had more

than they needed to dominate the market.

Chevrolet/GMC

The GM 2500/3500 twins Silverado HD and Sierra

HD both come standard with GM's 6.0L gas engine

V-8. This engine is ideal for 3/4 ton trucks

where towing isn't a concern. The upgrades

start with the 8.1L gas V-8 that's based on

Chevrolet's venerable big block engine.

Over the years, diesel trucks have proven to be

effecient with mileage, great for towing, and

easy on maintenance. Unlike gas engines, diesel

engines do not have spark plugs, which means

you won't need to get them tuned up near as

much as gasoline engines.

For those who like to haul heavy loads on a

frequent basis, diesel is the way to go. You

can get quite a few miles per gallon, and

diesel trucks are built to go 250,000 miles or

more before the engine needs to be rebuit,

making them a purchase that is more than worth

your money.

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Diesel And Gas Prices

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Over the years, the prices of both gas and diesel

have experienced some drastic changes. Many years

ago, the price of gas was around a dollar or a

little more, nothing like it is today. Back then,

gas wasn't high in price although the demand for

vehicles wasn't what it is today either.

As the demand for vehicles grew, the demand for

fuel grew as well. Other actions and events have

played into the equation as well, resulting in

the rising costs of fuel. Fuel is something we

all need to run our vehicles, as we wouldn't be

able to go anywhere without it.

As you may know, a majority of the gas we get at

local gas stations comes from overseas, primarily

the Middle East. Therefore, we have to pay taxes

and such on the gas we use, which pays for the

gas as well as the shipping. If we got our gas

from within the United States, one can't help

but wonder whether or not the prices would indeed

be lower.

Diesel on the other hand, has always managed

to keep a price lower than gas. Diesel comes

from within the United States, so the prices are

of course going to be lower. The only problem

associated with diesel fuel is locating it, as

many gas stations don't sell it.

When it comes to the choice between the two,

diesel fuel is obviously cheaper to buy. Gas is

in supply more, which means that you can find

it almost anywhere. If you own a gasoline

vehicle, you obviously don't want to put diesel

in it. If you own a diesel vehicle, then you

of course wouldn't want to put gas in it either.

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Diesel Fuel Quality

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The designs of diesel engines striving to increase

performance have made a lot of advancements in engine

fuel delivery to the combustion chamber. The diesel

engines of today are much quieter, smoother, and

also more powerful. The quality of diesel fuel on

the other hand has not advanced at the same rate as

the improvements of engines.

As soon as it is produced, diesel fuel begins to

deteriorate. Less than 30 days of refining, all

diesel fuel, regardless of the brand, goes through a

natural process called oxidation. This process forms

varnishes and gums in the fuel by causing the

molecules of the fuel to lengthen and start bonding

together.

Now, these components will drop to the bottom of the

fuel tank and form diesel sludge. The fuel will

begin to turn very dark in color, smell bad, and

cause the engine to smoke. The engine starts to

smoke as some of these clusters are small enough to

pass through the engine filtration and on to the

combustion chamber.

As the clusters begin to increase in size, only a

small amount of the molecules will get burned, as

the rest will go out the exhaust as unburned fuel

and smoke.

Its estimated that eight out of every ten diesel

engine failures are directly related to poor quality

and contaminated fuel. The build up of contamination

in the fuel systems and storage tanks can clog

filters, thereby causing the engine to shut down,

and damage to the engine to occur.

The number one reason for bad fuel is due to the

increasing popularity of diesel power and the

accompanying increased demand for more diesel fuel.

Long ago, diesel fuel remained in the refinery

storage tanks long enough to naturally seperate and

begin to settle, allowing the clean fuel to be

drawn apart. Now, with the demand getting higher

than ever, the fuel is never stationary long enough

to settle, and the suspended water and solids are

passed on to the person buying the fuel - you.

The changes in refinery techniques is also a

problem. In order to get more products, diesel

fuel is being refined for more marginal portions of

the crude barrel. This results in a lower grade

product that is thicker and also contains a lot

more contamination.

As time continues to pass and technology gets better

and better, one can only hope that the quality of

diesel fuel improves. As it stands now, the quality

isn't good at all. If you run diesel fuel, all

you can basically hope for is that the fuel you

are getting isn't contaminated.

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Gas Vs Diesel Boats

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As you may know, diesel engines aren't something

you should take lightly. There are good reasons

why the rush to put them in cars back in the 70s

flopped. Diesel isn't the ideal power source for

all applications.

Engine speed

Diesel engines gained the reputation for long

service life early on in the history of the

engines, mainly from engines that were used in

commercial operations. These were big, very

slow to turn engines that were usually in the

600 - 1,000 RPM range.

The long service life of the diesel engine isn't

really a myth when used in the proper application.

It's only a myth in pleasure craft, where the

engines are operated in-frequently at high and

low speeds, normally under very heavy loads and

adverse conditions.

Fuel consumption

If you plan to engage on some serious long range

travel, especially if fuel stops aren't available,

then fuel consumption will become an issue.

Diesel engines will normally burn 1/3 to 1/2 the

amount of fuel as their gas equals. Considering

the cost of the engines versus the amount of

fuel you'll burn during the time you own the

boat, fuel savings isn't really important.

Dilemma

Most questions of choice arise for boats that

are in the 28 to 34 foot range where either type

of engine is available with adequate horsepower.

Gas engines do have the advantage that they are

cheap to buy and also cheap to repair.

Diesel boats are just the opposite, as for the

price of one you could buy three gas engines.

For the price of a smaller in-line 6 cylinder

diesel, you can buy two gas engines.

Therefore, cost wise, unless you really need

diesel power, diesels aren't very practical.

The advantage to diesel comes only at the

point where the extra torque is needed because

a gasoline engine would simply be under too

much strain to have an adequate amount of

service life.

If you have a choice of gas versus diesel,

your first concern should be to determine

whether or not you can really afford to own a

diesel, as the initial price is only part of

the cost.

If you simply can't afford to write a big check

for routine maintenance, then you will probably

be better off going with gas. On the other hand,

if you have a lot of money, diesel would be

your best bet. Diesel engines are great to

have, although they cost a lot of money to

up keep and they generally aren't the way to go

for those on a budget.

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Gas Saving Tips

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Are you tired of the continuing rise in gasoline price?

If you are, you're not alone. In this article, you'll

find a few excellent tips designed to help you save

a bit of your hard earned money.

First, its always best to purchase your gas either

first thing in the morning or late at night. The

reason for this is because gas is denser at a cold

temperature, so you'll basically be getting more for

your money.

Secondly, check your local gas prices to find the

best price available. You can check your local gas

prices online as well, which will prevent you from

wasting gas while driving around to look for the

best price.

By keeping your car well maintained, you can help

improve fuel consumption. By simply tuning your car,

you can decrease your fuel consumption by up to 20

percent. Also, you should keep your tires properly

inflated and aligned. Tires that are under inflated

will cause fuel consumption to increase by 6 percent.

You should also make sure that you change your oil

and air filters on a regular basis as well.

Other tips to keep in mind are to drive by staying

in the posted speed limits, as the faster you drive

you will use more fuel. Whenever possible you should

use overdrive, as this will help fuel and also

improve the wear on your engine. You can also

combine your errands by making a list of things that

you have to do, as the more you cold start your

engine, the more fuel you'll be using.

By taking the time to do these tips, you'll be

amazed at just how much fuel you can save. Gas

prices are becoming ridiculous these days, which

is why you want to do your part to converse little

drop that you can.

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Diesel Versus Gasoline

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A diesel engine will go much farther on a gallon

of fuel that the standard gasoline engine

because of their designs, and due to the higher

energy density of a gallon of diesel fuel. But,

it also takes a bit more oil to manufacture a

gallon of diesel than a gallon of gas, with

the production and refining processes for

diesel producing more gases that trap heat.

Therefore, when you consider the relative merits

of deisel and gas cars, try knocking the MPG

estimates for the diesel car down by 20 percent.

A diesel vehicle will cost you a bit more,

so you'll get more bang for your buck from a

gasoline vehicle.

The nasty rumors you hear about diesel are

true as well - diesel is less refined than gas,

or in other terms it's dirtier. Diesel

vehicles also emit more particulate matter and

NOx, both of which are serious health hazards

and air pollutants. Current diesel engines are

more polluting per each mile they are driven

than gas engines.

Using biodiesel on the other hand, will improve

this situation. If biodiesel is available in

your area, you'll still need to examine

whether a diesel is the right vehicle for you.

When you consider the facts, you have to ask

yourself which models you can afford, what is

the MPG, will engine be succifient for you,

and the number of passengers the vehicle will

accommodate. Then, given your budget, you can

go from there.

There are numerous gas and diesel vehicles

available, all you have to do is decide which

one is right for you. If you research carefully,

you'll have the perfect vehicle for your entire

family.

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Diesel Engines And Well Known Gas

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In passenger cars, the diesel engine has never really

caught on. During the middle to late 70s, diesel

engines in passenger cars did notice a surge in

sales due to the OPEC oil embargo, although that is

the only real significant penetration that diesel

engines have made in the market.

Although diesel engines are more efficient, there

are eight historical problems that may have held

them back.

1. Due to the higher compression ratios,

diesel engines tend be heavier than the equivalent

gasoline engine.

2. Diesel vehicles and diesel engines tend to

be more expensive than gas.

3. Because of their weight and compression

ratio, diesel engines tend to have lower RPM ranges

than gas engines. This gives diesel engines more

torque rather than higher horsepower, and this tends

to make diesel vehicles slower in terms of acceleration.

4. Diesel engines have to be fuel injected,

and in the past fuel injection was very expensive

and less reliable.

5. Diesel engines tend to produce more

smoke and smell very funny when compared to gasoline

engines.

6. They are harder to start in cold weather

and if they contain glow plugs, the diesel engines

may require you to wait before you start the

engine so that the glow plugs can heat up.

7. Diesel engines are much noisier than

gas engines and tend to vibrate quite a bit.

8. Diesel fuel is less available than gas.

Although one or two of these disadvantages would be

acceptable, a group of them is a big turn away for

many people.

Even though the list above are reasons in the past

as to why diesel never really took off, you can

expect these reasons to get corrected and improved

in the future, meaning that you will see more and

more diesel vehicles on the road.

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Advantages Of Diesel Engines

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If you've owned a diesel powered vehicle in the

past or if you own one now, you no doubt appreciate

the qualities this engine provides you with. More

torque, better fuel economy, and easier maintenance

are but a few of the attributes of owning diesel

powered vehicles.

However, there are some motorists that still

complain about the engine's weak power, especially

when accelerating from a full stop. What you

may not be aware of is the fact that a diesel

engine can be tweaked to give more power without

harming the fuel economy.

Diesel engines use air compression to create

combustion versus the fuel/air mixture that is

required by gas engines. This attribute means

that diesel engines don't require spark plugs

and therefore don't need to be tuned up.

Diesel fuel has a much high fuel density than

gas, which results in fuel economy increases

of 20 - 30% over gasoline powered vehicles.

Diesel engines are also cheaper to maintain as

they have less parts than that of a gasoline

powered engine. The life span of a diesel

engine is also much longer.

If you're looking for torque, for pulling a

boat or other equipment, then the diesel

engine has the supreme advantage. Diesel

engines are surely slower, especially when

starting from a dead stop, although when you

climb hills or go over bridges, the diesel

engine is surely up to the task.

With trucks, diesel is normally the leader

over gas engines in terms of performance and

miles per gallon. Diesel trucks will get

more miles than gas trucks, and the price for

diesel is a bit cheaper than gas these days.

And with gas prices on the rise, diesel will

continue to dominate for a long time to come.

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