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Episode 7 :: Vehicle choices

If it's time for a new car, it's worth choosing a car that meets your needs, in a fuel efficient model. Fuel efficiency can really differ, even between similarly sized cars.


Work out the right type of car for you, and then shop around for the most fuel efficient vehicle for the job. Choosing an efficient car will cut your running costs for years to come, and it's much better for the environment.

An easy way to compare fuel efficiency is to look at the fuel economy label, which appears on all new cars and many late-model used cars. The more stars, the more efficient the car.

Work out the right car for your needs

Size

Choose your car size (and engine size) based on what you usually do - not what you sometimes do.

Safety

When it comes to safety, bigger is not always better.

Environmental impact

A car's carbon dioxide and pollutant emission levels depend on how much fuel it uses and how cleanly the fuel is burned.

Look for the most efficient option for the job.

An easy way to compare fuel efficiency is to look at the fuel economy label, which appears on all new cars and many late-model used cars. The more stars, the more efficient the car.

Vehicle fuel economy label

The amount of fuel a car uses per kilometre can vary a lot between seemingly similar vehicles. The least efficient cars in a category may use over twice the fuel as the most efficient ones. Find out more about the vehicle fuel economy label.

It's not just what you drive

The way you drive and care for your car can also have big impacts on your fuel use, no matter what you drive.

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