WASHINGTON, D.C. (WFXG) - If you're looking to buy a new vehicle, a newly-released guide can help you choose one that's fuel-efficient and low greenhouse gas-emitting.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy released this week the 2014 Fuel Economy Guide.
"For American families, the financial and environmental bottom lines are high priorities when shopping for a new vehicle," said Administrator Gina McCarthy in a statement. "This year's guide is not just about how the latest models stack up against each other; it's about providing people the best information possible to make smart decisions affecting their pocketbooks and the planet."
The guide uses top 10 lists to outline features and option, including the vehicle's estimated annual fuel cost so that consumers can gauge the most efficient gas, diesel and alternate-powered vehicle options for their needs.
The estimate is based on the vehicle's miles per gallon rating and national estimates for annual mileage and fuel prices. To see the online version of the guide, go to www.fueleconomy.gov.
The website allows users to input local gasoline prices and typical driving habits to receive a personalized fuel cost estimate. It also includes a greenhouse gas rating on a scale of one to 10 for each model.
Officials say that EPA fuel economy estimates are the best way to compare the fuel economy among vehicles. Official fuel economy testing is controlled, repeatable, and accounts for a variety of real-world conditions for the average driver, like air conditioning usage and a variety of speed and temperature conditions. Individual mileage will vary depending on factors such as driving style, high air conditioning usage, carrying extra weight and towing, and weather.