Fuel Economy Myths

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Avoid the below methods, which may actually do more harm than good.

When it comes to saving money on gas, there is no shortage of tips and tricks – and most of them are worth trying. However, there are also a number of myths that are downright untrue, and can end up costing you money, instead of saving it. Beware of these costly fuel economy myths.

Use premium gas. There is no evidence to suggest that premium gas improves fuel efficiency. Premium gas usually has additives that offer some perks, but improved fuel economy is not one of them. Although some additives claim to improve fuel efficiency, the EPA has yet to find conclusive evidence that this is true.

Choose a smaller car. This may have been true in years past, but small cars are not necessarily more efficient than their larger counterparts thanks to improved powertrain technology and use of lightweight materials. What really matters is how the vehicle is designed, the powertrain technology, and the materials used.

Choose a manual transmission. Once again, this was true in the past, but is no longer valid. Enhancements in transmission technology allow for more efficient, smoother automatic shifting and the use of more gears.

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2016 FIAT 500X Earns Top Safety Pick+ Designation by IIHS

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The FIAT 500X is ready for any adventure.

The 2016 FIAT 500X has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s top honor, being named a Top Safety Pick+ for the first time ever. In fact, the prestigious Top Safety Pick+ award has only been awarded to one other car (the Chrysler 200) in the FCA lineup.

The 2016 FIAT 500X earned the best-possible rating of “Good” in the side impact with a large SUV or pickup truck, moderate-offset frontal impact, small-offset frontal impact, roof-crush consistent with a rollover, and rear collision capable of inducing whiplash crash tests.

Additionally, only vehicles equipped with a forward collision mitigation system qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ designation. The 2016 FIAT 500X’s available Forward Collision Warning-Plus technology has earned a score of “Advanced” from IIHS, earning the 500X the Top Safety Pick+ designation.

“Delivering such features for less than $30,000 in a vehicle segment not known for such sophistication is clear evidence of our commitment to the democratization of advanced safety technology,” said Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President – Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance in a statement.

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