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The rising cost of fuel over the years has many drivers taking a closer look at the fuel efficiency of their vehicles and their driving habits. Some common beliefs about fuel efficiency, like that small cars are more economical, are true. Less weight means less fuel consumption. However, advancing technology allows for innovative systems such as new fuel injection methods and cylinders that shut down during driving when they are not needed. This means it’s not simply a matter of size - there are larger fuel-efficient cars available.

What Makes a Car Fuel Efficient?

Of course, the most notable cars for fuel efficiency are diesels and hybrids, which combine a petrol engine with an electric engine. The best option for you depends on how the car is used and the environment it is used in. Diesel cars are more economical when driving longer distances due to the way the car burns the fuel. This benefit is lost if you are doing mostly short trips in the city. In that case, you may be better off with a hybrid. Another option is to run a car on autogas, however this can have steep installation costs and you generally use more litres. It’s important to note that new technology is doing quite a bit in terms of making petrol engines perform better with less fuel. Technologies that reduce fuel consumption include brake energy regeneration and a stop-start facility, which prevents fuel being wasted when the engine is idling at traffic lights.

Which Honda is Best for Fuel Efficiency?

When it comes to Honda, the most fuel efficient is of course the Accord Hybrid. Keep in mind that the majority of new Hondas are equipped with the latest innovations in efficient fuel consumption, meaning the differences are relatively slim. ● Civic - 4L/100km (diesel) to 6.4L/100km ● Jazz - 5.9L/100km to 6.5L/100km ● City - 5.9L/100km ● HR-V - 6.6L/100km to 6.9L/100km ● CR-V - 7L/100km to 8.9L/100km ● Odyssey - 7.8L/100km to 9.2L/100km ● Accord - 8.2L/100km The variations in fuel consumption for each model accounts for the different grades available which vary in weight and features, affecting overall fuel efficiency.

Calculating the Cost

Cars tend to cost more as they get more fuel efficient. For example, the hybrid Honda Civic costs approximately $10,000 more than the standard automatic four-cylinder version. Some consumers might question whether the cost benefit is worth it. You’ll notice significant benefits in the weekly fuel bill right away. With a Honda Civic hybrid, you’ll see a 40 per cent reduction in your fuel costs compared to the standard petrol version. However, these savings are impacted by the whole-of-life costs, which includes maintenance, tyres, rego and third-party insurance. The average whole-of-life cost for a hybrid Civic driving 15,000km a year for five years is $178 per week compared to $159 for a standard petrol automatic. Diesel cars can also cost more, pushing up the whole-of-life costs calculated over five years. However, with better fuel economy and longer engine life, there is definitely good money to be saved. Keep in mind that the weekly expense of running a vehicle can vary considerably due to driver habits, like how often they put their foot on the accelerator.

Looking for a Fuel-Efficient Honda in Sydney?

If you’d like more help finding a fuel-efficient Honda that is perfect for your needs, visit Collins Honda car dealers in Sydney. With a wide range of Honda vehicles ready to drive out of the showroom, you can choose from a variety of the latest fuel-efficient Honda vehicles. Book in for a test drive or register your interest today. Visit the Rockford showroom, call us on 02 9199 0776 or get in touch online to discuss your needs.