People looking for ways to reduce their vehicle’s fuel consumption to save money may have some misconceptions about fuel economy.

“One of those misconceptions is that a vehicle has to be a compact car to get good mileage,” says Carl Pedersen, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service energy educator. “But that’s not the case. You can get great fuel economy in standard-sized cars with newer technologies such as diesel engines, hybrid drive trains and advanced transmissions. In fact, the most fuel-efficient car for the 2010 model year was a midsized car.”

The U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency have teamed up to provide information about fuel use for people who plan to buy a vehicle or want to make the one they have more fuel-efficient.

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