The Truth About Flex-Fuel Vehicles

fuel flex badgeHave you thought about buying a flex-fuel vehicle? Do you know what one is?

To help you understand flex-fuel vehicles, here is what you need to know. 

  1. Flex-fuel vehicles are powered by straight gasoline as well as a blend of gas and ethanol, an alcohol-based fuel made from crops such as corn.
  2. The ethanol-based fuel is known as E85.
  3. Flex-fuel vehicles usually have a yellow gas cap as well as body badges to let people know it can run on E85.

So should you purchase a flex-fuel vehicle?

It depends. To help you decide, here are some things that you need to consider.

  • Flex-fuel vehicles are almost identical to standard vehicles. There are typically only a few modifications in the fuel system. If you own a Toyota flex-fuel vehicle, you’ll still be able to purchase genuine Toyota parts.

  • You use less imported fuel with flex-fuel. It’s a renewable fuel that is grown here in the United States.

According to, roughly 7 million vehicles on the road today are flex-fuel vehicles. They’ve been around for quite some time now.

However, it remains to be seen whether they’ll catch on in popularity.