Fuel Cost Comparison

The cost of gasoline has many folks going into “sticker shock.” Here is a quick comparative to help you understand how a new more fuel-efficient car might save you money. You can DOWNLOAD this spreadsheet in Excel format to run your own calculations.

There is also a single vehicle and fleet Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) calculator available from the U.S. Department of Energy. This is a pretty sophisticated calculator…but it gives a lot of information!

Make of Car
Miles per Year
$ per Gallon
EPA MPG New Car
EPA MPG Old Car
Gallons per Year NC
Gallons per Year OC
Gas Cost New Car
Gas Cost Old Car
Savings Per Year
5 year savings
Corolla
17000
$3.00
30
15
566.67
1133.33
$1,700.00 $3,400.00 $1,700.00 $8,500.00
Malibu
17000
$3.00
24
15
708.33
1133.33
$2,125.00 $3,400.00 $1,275.00 $6,375.00
Prius
17000
$3.00
55
15
309.09
1133.33
$927.27 $3,400.00 $2,472.73 $12,363.64
Mazda 3
17000
$3.00
25
15
680.00
1133.33
$2,040.00 $3,400.00 $1,360.00 $6,800.00
Focus
17000
$3.00
26
15
653.85
1133.33
$1,961.54 $3,400.00 $1,438.46 $7,192.31
Corolla
17000
$3.50
30
15
566.67
1133.33
$1,983.33 $3,966.67 $1,983.33 $9,916.67
Malibu
17000
$3.50
24
15
708.33
1133.33
$2,479.17 $3,966.67 $1,487.50 $7,437.50
Prius
17000
$3.50
55
15
309.09
1133.33
$1,081.82 $3,966.67 $2,884.85 $14,424.24
Mazda 3
17000
$3.50
25
15
680.00
1133.33
$2,380.00 $3,966.67 $1,586.67 $7,933.33
Focus
17000
$3.50
26
15
653.85
1133.33
$2,288.46 $3,966.67 $1,678.21 $8,391.03
Corolla
17000
$4.00
30
15
566.67
1133.33
$2,266.67 $4,533.33 $2,266.67 $11,333.33
Malibu
17000
$4.00
24
15
708.33
1133.33
$2,833.33 $4,533.33 $1,700.00 $8,500.00
Prius
17000
$4.00
55
15
309.09
1133.33
$1,236.36 $4,533.33 $3,296.97 $16,484.85
Mazda 3
17000
$4.00
25
15
680.00
1133.33
$2,720.00 $4,533.33 $1,813.33 $9,066.67
Focus
17000
$4.00
26
15
653.85
1133.33
$2,615.38 $4,533.33 $1,917.95 $9,589.74