Drivers can get real relief from high gas prices and potentially save hundreds of dollars a year by getting the greatest possible efficiency out of their automobiles. This table shows the potential savings for vehicles sold in 2000.

ANNUAL 'DRIVE SMARTER' SAVINGS FOR U.S. CAR OWNERS
NRDC Analysis, July 2008
A-C | D-G | H-L | M-P | R-V | Methodology
Make Model
(2000, Automatic)
Fuel-Saving
Driving Habits

(Potential savings
20% highway,
5% city)
Full Maintenance
(Potential savings
10.6%)
Cut Your Commute
By One Day Each Week
Acura 3.2TL $272 $270 $235
Acura 3.5RL $321 $302 $263
Acura Integra $250 $233 $203
Acura NSX $327 $314 $274
Aston Martin DB-7 Vantage Coupe $441 $448 $391
Audi A4 $261 $257 $224
Audi A4 Avant $301 $292 $255
Audi A4 Avant Quattro $327 $314 $274
Audi A4 Quattro $280 $273 $238
Audi A6 $301 $292 $255
Audi A6 Quattro $327 $314 $274
Audi A8 $327 $314 $274
Audi A8 Quattro $327 $314 $274
Audi S4 $327 $314 $274
Audi TT Coupe $275 $263 $230
Bentley Azure $482 $468 $408
Bentley Continental R $482 $468 $408
BMW 323ci $288 $277 $242
BMW 323i $280 $273 $238
BMW 328ci $293 $288 $251
BMW 328i $293 $288 $251
BMW 528i $301 $292 $255
BMW 528i Sport Wagon $301 $292 $255
BMW 540i $321 $302 $263
BMW 540i Sport Wagon $371 $346 $302
BMW 740i $327 $314 $274
BMW M5 $402 $390 $340
BMW X5 $438 $407 $355
BMW Z3 Coupe $297 $281 $245
BMW Z3 Roadster $297 $281 $245
Buick Century $268 $260 $227
Buick LeSabre $272 $270 $235
Buick Park Avenue $272 $270 $235
Buick Regal $272 $270 $235
Cadillac Catera $311 $297 $259
Cadillac DeVille $298 $301 $262
Cadillac Eldorado $298 $301 $262
Cadillac Escalade 4WD $470 $440 $384
Cadillac SeVille $298 $301 $262
Chevrolet Astro 2WD $364 $332 $290
Chevrolet Blazer 2WD $351 $326 $284
Chevrolet Camero $280 $273 $238
Chevrolet Cavalier $247 $237 $206
Chevrolet Corvette $317 $309 $270
Chevrolet Express 1500/2500 2WD $430 $387 $338
Chevrolet Impala $259 $263 $230
Chevrolet Lumina/Monte Carlo $259 $263 $230
Chevrolet Malibu $257 $248 $216
Chevrolet Metro $220 $196 $171
Chevrolet Prizm $207 $194 $169
Chevrolet S10 Pickup $279 $258 $225
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD $364 $332 $290
Chevrolet Silverado 2500 2WD $386 $354 $309
Chevrolet Suburban 1500 2WD $460 $417 $364
Chevrolet Tahoe 1500 2WD $393 $370 $323
Chevrolet Tracker 2WD Convertible $294 $259 $226
Chevrolet Venture FWD $297 $281 $245
Chrysler 300 M $301 $292 $255
Chrysler Cirrus $280 $273 $238
Chrysler Concorde $268 $260 $227
Chrysler LHS $301 $292 $255
Chrysler Sebring $288 $277 $242
Chrysler Sebring Convertible $288 $277 $242
Chrysler Town and Country 2WD $321 $302 $263
Daewoo Lanos $222 $209 $182
Daewoo Leganza $275 $263 $230
Daewoo Nubira $257 $248 $216
Daewoo Nubira Station Wagon $257 $248 $216
Dodge Avenger $288 $277 $242
Dodge B1500 Wagon 2WD $451 $398 $347
Dodge Caravan 2WD $292 $271 $237
Dodge Dakota Pickup 2WD $351 $326 $284
Dodge Dakota Pickup 4WD $410 $378 $330
Dodge Durango 2WD $419 $398 $347
Dodge Intrepid $268 $260 $227
Dodge Neon $247 $226 $197
Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup 2WD $371 $346 $302
Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup 4WD $448 $430 $375
Dodge Stratus $264 $251 $219
Ferrari 360 Modena/Spider $482 $468 $408
Ferrari 456 MGT/MGA $522 $513 $448
Ford Contour $257 $248 $216
Ford Crown Victoria $311 $297 $259
Ford E150 Clulb Wagon $410 $378 $330
Ford Escort $229 $217 $190
Ford Explorer 2WD $371 $346 $302
Ford F150 Pickup 2WD $371 $346 $302
Ford F150 Pickup 4WD $410 $378 $330
Ford Focus $232 $214 $187
Ford Focus Station Wagon $288 $277 $242
Ford Mustang $283 $267 $233
Ford Ranger Pickup 2WD $302 $276 $241
Ford Ranger Pickup 4WD $364 $332 $290
Ford Taurus $280 $273 $238
Ford Taurus Wagon $297 $281 $245
Ford Windstar FWD Wagon $338 $320 $279
Ford Expedition 2WD $393 $370 $323
GMC Jimmy 2WD $351 $326 $284
GMC Safari AWD $393 $370 $323
GMC Savana 1500/2500 2WD $430 $387 $338
GMC Sierra 1500 2WD $364 $332 $290
GMC Sierra 1500 4WD $386 $354 $309
GMC Sierra 2500 2WD $386 $354 $309
GMC Sonoma 2WD $297 $281 $245
GMC Sonoma 4WD $371 $346 $302
GMC Yukon 1500 2WD $393 $370 $323
Honda Accord $254 $240 $209
Honda Civic $219 $203 $178
Honda Civic HX $195 $175 $153
Honda CR-V 2WD $294 $259 $226
Honda Odyssey $311 $297 $259
Honda Passport 2WD $364 $332 $290
Honda Prelude $288 $262 $229
Hyundai Accent/Brio $227 $211 $184
Hyundai Elanta Wagon $264 $251 $219
Hyundai Elantra $257 $248 $216
Hyundai Sonata $275 $263 $230
Hyundai Tiberon $257 $248 $216
Infiniti G20 $244 $229 $200
Infiniti I30 $288 $277 $242
Infiniti Q45 $333 $307 $268
Infiniti Qx4 4WD $410 $378 $330
Isuzu Amigo 2WD $386 $354 $309
Isuzu Hombre Pickup 2WD $297 $281 $245
Isuzu Rodeo 2WD $364 $332 $290
Isuzu Trooper 2WD $403 $362 $316
Isuzu Vehicross $410 $378 $330
Jaguar XJ8 $327 $314 $274
Jaguar XK8 $311 $297 $259
Jaguar XKR $338 $320 $279
Jeep Cherokee 2WD $333 $307 $268
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2WD $351 $326 $284
Jeep Wrangler 4WD $397 $347 $303
Kia Sephia/Spectra $247 $237 $206
Kia Sportage 2WD $345 $313 $273
Land Rover Discovery Series II $438 $407 $355
Land Rover Range Rover $438 $407 $355
Lexus ES 300 $297 $281 $245
Lexus GS 300 $306 $286 $249
Lexus LS 400 $311 $297 $259
Lexus LX 470 $460 $417 $364
Lexus RX 300 $316 $291 $253
Lexus SC $316 $291 $253
Lincoln Continental $317 $309 $270
Lincoln LS $311 $297 $259
Lincoln Town Car $311 $297 $259
Lincoln Navigator 2WD $448 $430 $375
Mazda 626 $279 $258 $225
Mazda 2500 2WD $302 $276 $241
Mazda B4000 2WD $333 $307 $268
Mazda Millenia $288 $277 $242
Mazda MPV $333 $307 $268
Mazda MX-5 Miata $276 $250 $218
Mazda Protégé $232 $214 $187
Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor $271 $254 $222
Mercedes-Benz C280 $279 $258 $225
Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG $333 $307 $268
Mercedes-Benz CL500 $338 $320 $279
Mercedes-Benz CLK320 $275 $263 $230
Mercedes-Benz CLK430 $311 $297 $259
Mercedes-Benz E320 $268 $260 $227
Mercedes-Benz E320 (Wagon) $283 $267 $233
Mercedes-Benz E430 $321 $302 $263
Mercedes-Benz ML320 $380 $339 $296
Mercedes-Benz ML430 $403 $362 $316
Mercedes-Benz ML55 $438 $407 $355
Mercedes-Benz S430 $327 $314 $274
Mercedes-Benz S500 $338 $320 $279
Mercedes-Benz SL500 $345 $334 $291
Mercedes-Benz SL600 $402 $390 $340
Mercedes-Benz SLK230 $260 $243 $212
Mercury Cougar $275 $263 $230
Mercury Grand Marquis $311 $297 $259
Mercury Mountaineer 2WD $371 $346 $302
Mercury Mystique $232 $224 $195
Mercury Sable $280 $273 $238
Mercury Sable Wagon $288 $277 $242
Mercury Villager FWD Wagon $327 $314 $274
Mitsubishi Diamante $311 $297 $259
Mitsubishi Eclipse $283 $267 $233
Mitsubishi Galant $271 $254 $222
Mitsubishi Mirage $217 $198 $173
Mitsubishi Montero $386 $354 $309
Mitsubishi Montero Sport 2WD $359 $319 $279
Mitsubishi Nativa 2WD $316 $291 $253
Nissan Altima $275 $263 $230
Nissan Frontier V6 2WD $386 $354 $309
Nissan Maxima $275 $263 $230
Nissan Pathfinder 2WD $386 $354 $309
Nissan Quest $327 $314 $274
Nissan Sentra $232 $214 $187
Nissan Xterra 2WD $386 $354 $309
Nissan Frontier 2WD $316 $291 $253
Oldsmobile Alero $257 $248 $216
Oldsmobile Bravada $386 $354 $309
Oldsmobile Intrique $280 $273 $238
Oldsmobile Silhouette 2WD $297 $281 $245
Plymouth Breeze $264 $251 $219
Plymouth Neon $247 $226 $197
Plymouth Prowler $338 $320 $279
Plymouth Voyager 2WD $292 $271 $237
Pontiac Bonneville $272 $270 $235
Pontiac Firebird/Trans Am $280 $273 $238
Pontiac Grand Am $257 $248 $216
Pontiac Grand Prix $268 $260 $227
Pontiac Montana FWD $297 $281 $245
Pontiac Sunfire $247 $237 $206
Porsche 911 Carrera $327 $314 $274
Porsche Boxster $311 $297 $259
Rolls-Royce Corniche $482 $468 $408
Saab 9 3 $288 $262 $229
Saab 9 5 $288 $277 $242
Saab 9 5 Wagon $288 $277 $242
Saturn LS $247 $237 $206
Saturn LW $257 $248 $216
Saturn SC $217 $207 $180
Saturn SL $212 $204 $178
Saturn SW $224 $215 $188
Subaru Forester $279 $258 $225
Subaru Impreza $268 $247 $215
Subaru Legacy $279 $258 $225
Subaru Legacy Wagon $279 $258 $225
Suzuki Esteem $224 $206 $180
Suzuki Esteem Wagon $232 $214 $187
Suzuki Grand Vitara 4Door 2WD $279 $258 $225
Suzuki Swift $220 $196 $171
Suzuki Vitara 2Door 2WD $262 $233 $203
Toyota 4Runner 2WD $316 $291 $253
Toyota Avalon $264 $251 $219
Toyota Camry $244 $229 $200
Toyota Camry Solara $288 $277 $242
Toyota Celica $224 $206 $180
Toyota Corolla $207 $194 $169
Toyota Echo $205 $189 $165
Toyota Land Cruiser Wagon 4WD $460 $417 $364
Toyota Rav4 2WD $265 $239 $209
Toyota Sienna 2WD $321 $302 $263
Toyota Tacoma 2WD $308 $272 $237
Toyota Tacoma 4WD $345 $313 $273
Toyota Tundra 2WD $380 $339 $296
Toyota Tundra 4WD $403 $362 $316
Volkswagon Beetle $177 $166 $145
Volkswagon Cabrio $271 $254 $222
Volkswagon Eurovan $393 $370 $323
Volkswagon Golf $177 $166 $145
Volkswagon GTI $271 $254 $222
Volkswagon Jetta $177 $166 $145
Volkswagon Passat $268 $260 $227
Volkswagon Passat Wagon $244 $229 $200
Volvo C70 Convertible $306 $286 $249
Volvo C70 Coupe $288 $277 $242
Volvo S40 $271 $254 $222
Volvo S70 $275 $263 $230
Volvo S80 $311 $297 $259
Volvo V40 $271 $254 $222
Volvo V70 $275 $263 $230
Methodology

NRDC calculated the potential savings for drivers of vehicles with average performance across a wide range of popular makes and models. According to the Department of Energy, today's average car and light-truck is about eight years old.1 Today's average vehicle also gets approximately 20.3 miles per gallon on the road and travels approximately 11,600 miles per year.2 In developing the savings for a specific list of popular vehicles, we used the most efficient automatic transmission versions from model year 2000 to represent today's prevalent on-road vehicles. We used the fuel economy and mileage statistics to determine fuel consumption when the fuel-savings measures described below are not used. To calculate the potential dollar savings we multiplied the extra fuel consumption by a price of $4.00 per gallon of gasoline, which is representative of recent average national fuel costs.3

Savings from reduced commuting assumes that a driver eliminates one 24-mile roundtrip to and from work each week for fifty weeks per year. The values in the table assume that commuting less is the only action taken. If taken in conjunction with smooth driving and maintenance measures, the added savings from commuting less may be approximately $60 lower due to slightly reduced driving and maintenance savings over fewer miles driven.

Notes:
1. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Transportation Energy Data Book, Edition 26, 2007.
2. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Outlook 2008, March 2008.
3. See EIA's website, http://www.eia.doe.gov/, for most recent gasoline prices. Price for June 16, 2008 was $4.08/gallon.

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