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Ten easy ways to save at the pump

Microsoft IES Logo By Bob English, MSN Autos of Microsoft IES | Slide 1 of 10

Vehicle choice - Buy what you need, but be sensible

This one's easy. If you want to drive greener, buy the most fuel efficient vehicle that meets your needs. Sure think small, but if those "needs" include hauling half a hockey team around, or a boat, or even a weekend track-day toy, so be it. Buy a vehicle that will get the job done. If you can do with a four-cylinder over a six-cylinder, or a six-cylinder over an eight-cylinder, it's worth the switch. And even if the difference is as small as 1.0 L/100 km, it makes a difference over the long run.Opt for a compact wagon instead of an SUV, or a small crossover rather than a large off-road capable SUV. If you need a big vehicle, you can reduce its impact by choosing a second family ride that's more fuel efficient, and use it whenever possible. A compact, which averages 7.8 L/100 km, emits 2,800 kg of carbon dioxide when driven 400 km per week. At a $1.00/L cost, it'll cost $1,622 for a year's worth of fuel. A large SUV averaging 16.8 L/100 km will emit 8,060 kg of airborne crud and cost $3,454 per year, covering the same distance.Related Autos links:Least poluting cars of 2010Which green car is right for you?Should you buy a more fuel-thrifty ride?Go green and save green with easy-rolling tires
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