Vehicle Purchase


Did you know?


  • Fuel makes up a large part of vehicle expenditures, but car payments, insurance, finance charges, maintenance and repairs add up, too. The American Automobile Association estimates that the average sedan cost $8,946 to operate in 2012.


  • According to the U.S. Department of Energy, transportation is the largest single expenditure for the average American, other than housing. In 2010, transportation cost more than food and more than twice the health care costs of the average U.S. household.

  • Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds.There are several factors that determine the environmental impact of vehicles on the road today, tailpipe emissions and fuel efficiency are important, but the type of fuel used and the materials that go into manufacturing the vehicle are also considerations. Several resources have been developed to assist consumers find more environmentally friendly vehicles.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provide vehicle ratings, recommendations, and tips on and

In addition, the EPA now requires window stickers to help consumers compare energy use, fuel cost, and environmental impact between traditional gasoline-powered and advanced technology vehicles.

Watch a short educational video about the new stickers.

The  DOE has an online tool to allow businesses and individuals selling a used car to print fuel economy stickers similar.


The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) maintains and the Green Book. The Green Book calculates a Green Score based on official emissions and fuel-economy tests, and other specifications reported by auto manufacturers. The Green Score falls on a scale of zero to 100. A higher score implies a greener car, meaning a vehicle having a lower environmental impact.

The Center has created a rating of 2013 model vehicles, taking into account the governmental ratings and the ACEEE’s Green Scores. The table below summarizes our recommendations. For further details read the Center’s Green Vehicle Guide.