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Which cars get the best MPG (and how does your car compare)?

Which cars get the best MPG (and how does your car compare)?
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If you've ever been irked by how much gasoline your car seems to be gobbling up, you're not alone. With prices hovering around $2.50 per gallon to $4.00 or more, who hasn't been irked?

Worse, if you've ever tried to keep track of the miles you're driving and the amount of gas you use, you know it's a hassle. If you try to stick all that information onto an Excel spreadsheet, half the time you forget how much you spent or how many gallons you put in. So, the Excel file you'd hoped would shed light on your car's MPG becomes a crazy mess.

Don't even get started on writing everything down on little pieces of paper. By the time you find a pen in your car and a piece of paper, it's not worth the time or effort.

The bottom line is, no matter how hard you try to track your gasoline usage, your best efforts get you nowhere. Of course, these days, there's a cool site (and an Apple and Android smartphone app) for that.

It's called Fuelly and, within a few minutes, you can start tracking exactly how many miles you drive, the number of gallons you put into your car, and how much you pay for it.

Fuelly calculates exactly how many miles per gallon that you're getting. It displays everything on fun, easy-to-read, dynamic bar charts that light up and show more detailed information, as you move along them.

The idea is to track your own MPG, with the idea that you can challenge yourself to improve it. Buy cheaper gas or take an alternate route to work, maybe with more time spent on a highway.

Plus, unlike other gas mileage trackers, Fuelly also combines your information with thousands of other vehicles. It averages out that information in an fun and useful tool.

The next time you go shopping for a car, click on Fuelly's Research Vehicles tab to look up vehicles you're considering buying. Say, you're thinking about a 2015 Honda Fit. Fuelly users who own one get an average 35.8 MPG. In contrast, your midlife crisis car, a Lamborghini Diablo, will get you about 12.5 MPG.

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