Factors to Consider For Gas Mileage Comparison


Car performance is based on a number of factors and a car which may be rated as good in one location may be absolutely off the mark in another. For this reason gas mileage comparison for different cars becomes quite tricky but with a few tips it can be achieved. Performance also depends on fuel consumption and we know just too well that this is something that is affected by other factors. Some cars can not be compared because they have the same engines and cover the same distances so logically there would be no comparison to make. For example, Toyota highlander and Lexus RX 400h both have 3.3 liter 6 cylinder engine and they both cover 28 city and 27 highway miles per gallon. However, we cannot fail to note that there are some cars that have the same engines but deliver different results.  For example the two models of sport utility vehicle, Ford Escape hybrid FWD and ford escape hybrid4Wd use the same power engine but deliver 31 city and 29 highway miles and 28 city and 27 highway miles per gallon respectively. Chevrolet HHR FWD and Honda Element 2Wd both use 2.4 liter four cylinder engine but deliver 21 city, 28 highway and 20 city and 25 highway miles per gallon respectively. Other factors are at play when in comes to gas mileage comparison.

Gas mileage comparison can be done for cars with different engine power. Logically, vehicles with more engine power should have better mile coverage than those with low power engines. There are a few exceptions here and there like the Toyota RAV4 4WD and Mercedes-Benz R320 CDI 4matic use 3.5 liter six cylinders and 3liter six cylinders respectively but they both deliver 19 city and 26 highway miles per gallon.  Toyota has grown amazingly in the past century since its inception, to become one of the leading car manufacturers in the West. There are a huge number of popular Toyota models – the brand is well-recognised for its reliability. In fact, in July 2008 Toyota came out ahead of every other brand mentioned in the Global Pulse Survey, administered by the Reputation Institute of New York. Toyotas definitely have their own quirks and oddities, though – today we are looking at how to choose a good mechanic for your Toyota, both for new car service and ordinary mini car covers.

Toyota car service – what to look for

Toyotas are very reliable cars; drivers note that their main tendency is just to keep on going and going, no matter what punishment you administer! Because of this you run a very real risk of leaving problems until they require major repairs, and have possibly caused related problems. Look for a car servicer and mechanic that:  Makes it simple and easy to have your regular services performed (otherwise it can be tempting to leave them too long) Is experienced. Toyotas can be deteriorating before they show any overt problems, and it takes a skilled eye and ear to diagnose problems with them sometimes. Other than this, we’d recommend a mechanic that follows all the general guidelines for high-quality work and excellent customer service. Your Toyota repairer should:  Offer a warranty on their work, at least 12 months in duration. Give you an upfront quote Offer you the option to have your Toyota repaired at your home or work If you travel a lot, look for a mechanic that has a nationwide network to have your repairs done easily, no matter where you are. Each of these models has their own quirks – for example, Yaris’s are known for their transmission issues, as well as ‘cosmetic’ faults with climate control. Landcruisers need attention in the chassis and underbody area, especially if they do a decent amount of four-wheel-driving. The steering and electrics are often trouble spots on Corollas, and a mechanic skilled in Toyota repair will pay particular attention to these trouble spots.

Toyota Extra Care Vehicle Service Agreements- Right for You?

 Toyota offers an addition to their factory warranty, the Extra Care Vehicle Service Agreement. Often you are able to include the cost of this service agreement in your lease, and in return you get scheduled servicing at a genuine Toyota dealer.

These agreements are good in some circumstances, but for many they mean extra costs on their car repairs and servicing over simply calling a mechanic when necessary. They are somewhat like an auto club membership – you have to pay the periodic fee, even if you don’t use the available cover. There are also quite a number of mechanics Australia wide that can perform scheduled servicing for new Toyotas as specified in the log book, and using genuine parts – at a fraction of the cost of a service agreement. Having a third party perform your scheduled servicing will not void your factory warranty for new cars – this is guaranteed by Australian consumer law. Owning a Toyota is even easier than usual if you find a convenient, skilled mechanic that ticks all the right boxes. In many cases the right mechanic is just in front of your nose! Lube Mobile are “The Mobile Mechanics” equipped and trained to perform any Car Repair or Car Service. We have a mechanic come to you at a time and a place convenient – 6 days a week. Convenience, Quality and Service are guaranteed. For more information or to make a booking, visit Car Service.

Subaru Forrester Is A No Nonsense SUV

Though the Subaru Forrester is becoming compact every time a new model is released, the new third generation still sets itself apart from its rivals such as the Honda Cr-V, Ford Kuga and Toyota RAV4. It has built a strong reputation for its rugged nature despite being a soft roader. The Subaru Forrester engines include a 145bhp 2.0-litre diesel and a 2.0litre petrol with 148bhp. The gear box options are a six speed manual and a four speed automatic gearbox. Another option is a five speed manual with low range transfer box, best for off road driving giving it an edge over its rivals. The new Forrester is taller and wider than the car it has replaced but the design is still Subaru which shows no nonsense approach and rugged look as opposed to its rivals such as Nissan X-Trail and Ford Kuga. The innards are protected by a plastic/metal cover from water or mud. All of the Forrester range is well equipped with alloys, climate control, cabin lighting etc. There are four trim levels to choose from – X, XC,XS and XS Nav Plus. The top of the range XS version gets a Bluetooth, xenon headlights, rear view camera for parking and many other features. The Nav Plus gets a satellite navigation system which is a bit outdated. The cabin has a logical design but the materials used have a cheap feel.

The petrol version has a smooth drive but it’s neither fast nor fuel efficient. The diesel is the best choice, it might not be as fast as rivals Volkswagen Tiguan or Kia Sportage but the Forrester has more muscle. It has a high driving position giving an all round view of the road. The controls are light and direct. The Forrester has Impreza’s base keeping it well balanced on the road. The Forrester hasn’t been awarded a Euro NCAP rating yet, but that doesn’t make it less safer. Standard safety features include front, side and curtain airbags, electronic stability control and side impact beams in the doors. Further, there is Subaru’s Symmetrical four wheel drive system for wet weather. The Forrester comes with a three year or 60,000 miles guarantee for buyer’s peace of mind. Though the material used inside the cabin are not up to the standard, but overall the Forrester looks very well built.

The Forrester has a very spacious cabin that is capable to easily accommodate five adults. The boot space is 450 litres which increases to 1,660 litres on folding flat the rear seats. Apart from this there are many storage spaces for bits and bobs. It is very useful for towing thanks to the four wheel drive and a self leveling suspension. The Forrester is not so environment friendly, specially the petrol engine that does an economy of 40mpg with massive 173g/km of carbon emissions, hence the high road tax bill. The diesel engine returns 44.8mpg and emits 167g/km of CO2. The tax band remains the same as of its petrol counterpart. Therefore the entry level model might be a good value, but there is no point in going for the expensive XS Nav Plus. The servicing cost is also on the high side. Plus it struggles to retain its market value. Despite all these, Forrester has always remained popular among those who earn their living from land. The Chevrolet Equinox has been around for a few years, but has not been a big seller. GM’s engineers heard the messages from consumers about mileage, costs, and other value-related aspects. This new model is almost 80% all new compared to the current 2009 model. Chevy will celebrate its 100 anniversary in November 2011. Under the re-designed, after bankruptcy, GM, Chevy is designed to be the anchor brand of the car manufacturer. Chevy is the broadest brand and more global than all the other GM products.

 This year, Chevy has introduced their new Traverse and new Camaro. For 2011, they will introduce the CRUISE, expected to have over 40 mpg and will probably replace the Cobalt, VOLT, the extended range all-electric vehicle, SPARK, a new mini-car, and ORLANDO, a seven passenger small crossover that will be more like a van. The new Equinox has been completely redesigned and is a compact crossover with a new, more efficient powertrain. Compact crossover might be misleading. It is more like a mid-size in my opinion, but that is what the Chevy public relations people call it. It competes with the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, and the Honda CRV. With this new redesign, it will probably offer better competition than it did previously. This really is a nice-size vehicle for a lot of families. It is small, so it might not be good with a family of 5 or 6 or more. But empty-nesters that occasionally take a grandchild or two on a short trip would love it. A young couple with their first child or two small ones would be an excellent fit. A divorcee with a couple of children would find adequate room for everything.

The Equinox is not being touted as a sporty, powerful vehicle that appeals to the race-car-driver in a lot of us. It is designed for utility and efficiency. The biggest change is the powertrain. It offers a new 2.4 liter, direct injected, four-cylinder engine, which is EPA rated at 32 mpg. During our test drive, we averaged near that figure, although my driving partner and I were pushing the pedal down quite often. We also were playing with the ECO button that allows more efficiency on trips. We might have achieved better than the 32 if we had not pushed, pulled, accelerated, and done every other driving tactic we could interject during the test. There is an available 3.0-liter V-6. All models are matched to a six speed automatic transmission. There are some new design details on the 2010 Equinox which feature Chevy’s new signature face – a two-tier grille. The gold bow-tie Chevy insignia is prominently displayed as well. The grill is the same as can be seen on the new popular Chevy Malibu.  Most consumers buy a smaller vehicle for the fuel economy, followed by value and quality. The Equinox fits that profile. There are some changes in the body design such as a multi-dimensional hood, wraparound rear side glass, rocker panels integrated into the doors, and more. Most of these change the aerodynamic performance, translating into more fuel efficiency. The powertrain engineers, generally just look at the exterior as a big piece of sheet metal, put there just to protect “their” engine from getting wet in rainstorms. That may be a joke, but the powertrain and exterior design blend to produce a fuel-efficient vehicle that is large enough for a small family.

The interior is quiet. A lot of folks equate quality with quietness in their cars. Chevy’s engineers have gone to great extremes to refine the interior of this new Equinox. There is a noise barrier, the parts are very well sealed, there is a flex coupling in the exhaust system, and even a noise-cancellation system. Some folks may already be familiar with those noise-cancellation headphones that are terrific for airplanes when there is an abundance of crying babies or engine noise from a bad seat selection. This is the first time that General Motors has used the technology. There are two small microphones in the ceiling, one near the front and one near the rear. If loud, booming sounds are detected, counter-acting sound waves are sent through the car’s radio speakers. My driving partner and I tried this out repeatedly, covering the microphones, shouting out often, and banging on items to make noise. The difference is noticeable, although the average person will not be aware of it. What IS noticed is that the cabin interior is quieter.

There are a lot of other nice features on the Equinox, such as a convenient center stack of controls, ambient lighting, comfortable front and rear seats, USB connects for personal music devices, DVD rear seat screens mounted in the backs of the front seats, power tailgate, rear vision camera system, and a lot more. The twin screens for the back seat area allows one passenger to watch a DVD movie while the other passenger plays a game on the other. There is a lot more to be said about the new Equinox. Obviously, I was impressed. A final note that got my attention – Chevy lowed the pricing on the Equinox almost $2000 less than last year’s model. Base MSRP for the LS model is just $22,440. The 1LT, next step up will probably be the most popular model, and will be about $23,360. The LTZ is the top model of the lineup.

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