Everything You Need To Know About EPA Gas Mileage Ratings

Gas MileageThat EPA gas mileage paper in the window of new cars is starting to get a lot more attention thanks to rising fuel prices.

It’s starting to become just as popular as the sticker price.  With gas prices rising and falling faster than a rollercoaster, it makes total sense.  Many people want a fuel-efficient vehicle. 

For those of you who have not paid too much attention to this, it can be a little confusing.  To help you understand how it works, here is what you need to know. 

  • City Driving: The EPA classifies city driving as stop-and-go traffic.  Think of it as when you’re driving through town and you encounter stoplights and stop signs.
  • Highway Driving: This is classified as high-speed driving on an interstate for the freeway.
  • Combined: This is what your gas mileage would look like if you did a combination of city and highway driving.

As an example, the 2011 Toyota Corolla gets 28/35.  This would mean that it gets 28 miles per gallon in the city and 35 miles per gallon on the highway.

Some people get confused with the EPA ratings.  A lot of times they’ll focus only on the highest number.  This is the wrong approach.  It’s most likely you’ll be doing a combination of both highway and city driving.

If this is the case, you’ll want to pay close attention to the combined mileage.