Last week, we told you that diesel cars have become more popular in the U.S. in light of rising gas prices. Now, a new survey from Swapalease.com confirms that many shoppers are looking for good fuel economy in their next car.
The auto lease transfer website says in a press release that 77 percent of survey respondents prioritize better gas mileage in their next purchase, with 33 percent considering hybrid cars. The remaining 44 percent say they plan to save on fuel by downsizing to a smaller car. “The survey confirmed exactly what we expected," said Scot Hall, EVP of operations of Swapalease.com. “Gas prices are forcing drivers to look at their options – when it costs $75 every time you fill your tank, it adds up quickly.”
In addition to new shopping priorities, the survey found that 60 percent of respondents plan to change their driving habits and summer travel plans in order to save fuel. Those changes may already be taking place. The Washington Post reports that “drivers have cut their consumption of gasoline to its lowest levels in a decade, driving less and buying cars that are more fuel-efficient.”
The EPA currently ranks affordable small cars like the 2012 Mitsubishi i, Toyota Prius c and Scion iQ as fuel-efficient cars that offer electric, hybrid and gas-powered drivetrains. If you need more space, midsize and large cars like the 2012 Toyota Prius, Volkswagen Passat TDI and Buick LaCrosse eAssist use less fuel than a number of their rivals.
The best bets for SUV shoppers include the 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid, Nissan Juke and 2013 Mazda CX-5, while the base Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid get better fuel economy than a number of compact and full-size pickup trucks, respectively.
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