Anyone who’s interested in MPGs knows that Minis are top-notch in regard to eco-conscious and cost-conscious driving. When it comes to great fuel efficiency, Minis are anything but small in stature. As a matter of fact, Cars.com rated the Mini Cooper – with its 37 MPG on the highway – as the best in the two-seater class when it comes to gas mileage.
Across the board, Minis get, on average, about 35 MPG on the highway. Even the Countryman (a virtual behemoth in the Mini line of vehicles) still gets 31 MPG on the highway. All in all, the family of Mini vehicles is a real powerhouse in terms of gas mileage.
For those out there in the Mini community who want to get even more out of a gallon of gas, there are a few ways to make it happen, believe it or not. BankRate.com published a large collection of tips, and for today’s purposes, we here at Mini of Ontario thought that we would offer up five of them:
1. Fill up with a lower-octane gasoline. Buy the lowest grade or octane of gasoline that is appropriate for your car. Unless your car requires premium gasoline, filling up your car with high-octane fuel is a waste of money. That pricey premium fuel won’t boost your car’s fuel economy or performance in the least, so skip it.
If you’re not sure what grade of fuel works best for your car, open up your owner’s manual and take a look. As long as your engine doesn’t knock or ping when you fuel up with regular unleaded, you’re good to drive on this much cheaper gas. Passing on pricey premium gasoline could save you hundreds of dollars a year.
2. Don’t top off. Don’t bother topping off when filling your car’s gas tank. Any additional gas is just going to slop around or seep out. Why waste your money paying for gas your car won’t use? Stop pumping at the first indication that your tank is full when the automatic nozzle clicks off.
3. Tighten up that gas cap. Gas will evaporate from your car’s gas tank if it has an escape. Loose, missing or damaged gas caps cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate each year, according to the Car Care Council. So be sure to tighten up that gas cap each time you fuel up your car.
4. Go for the shade. The hot summer sun that makes the inside of your car feel like a sauna also zaps fuel from your gas tank.
“If you let your car bake in the sun there’s going to be a greater amount of evaporative emissions that take place than if you park in the shade,” says Jim Kliesch, research associate at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and vehicle analyst for GreenerCars.com.
So park your car in the shade of a building or tree whenever possible. And buy a good windshield shade. A windshield shade blocks sunlight and helps to keep heat out of the inside of your car.
5. Use your garage for your car. Got a garage? Clear it out and make room for your car. Parking in your garage will help your car stay warm in winter and cool in summer, and you won’t have to depend as much on your gas-guzzling air-conditioning or defroster when you drive.
So that wraps up today’s tips on MPGs. But don’t fret; we’ll post a few more sometime next week. So stay tuned to the Mini of Ontario blog. We have good things in store.