Top Vehicles MPG (US)
Gasoline cars, last 90 days...
1.1998 Honda Civic DX Coupe60.02
2.2000 Chevrolet Metro 56.78
3.1991 Geo Metro Base50.5
4.2009 Honda Fit Sport50.02
5.2016 Mazda 2 Skyactive-G48.92
6.1991 Geo Metro 48.68
7.2008 Honda Fit Sport48.54
8.2007 Toyota Yaris 47.74
9.1992 Honda Civic VX47.7
10.2000 Toyota Echo base46.03
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Welcome to EcoModder.com, an automotive community where performance is judged by fuel economy rather than power and speed. EcoModders employ a combination of vehicle mods, driving techniques, and common sense to squeeze every penny out of the pumps. Reasons for becoming a member range from the economical to the ecological. More info about where EcoModding came from.
 
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3rd gen Prius aeromod thread 3rd gen Prius aeromod thread

Vman455 buys a 3rd gen Prius, and in typical ecomodder fashion doesn't take long to start modding it. Check out what he has done.

Started by Vman455 in forum: Aerodynamics - 259 replies

Notable eco-cars (old & new) spotted in the wild: post your pics!

Check out interesting and rare eco-cars that people have stumbled across, and share findings of your own!

Started by MetroMPG in forum: General Efficiency Discussion - 1137 replies
Notable eco-cars (old & new) spotted in the wild: post your pics!

Buy a trailer (instead of a pickup truck) Buy a trailer (instead of a pickup truck)

This is a thread for anyone thinking about getting a pickup truck as a first or second vehicle when adding a trailer to your car would do instead (and save you lots of fuel & money).

Started by oil pan 4 in forum: General Efficiency Discussion - 820 replies

1946 Chevy Prius Truck

Watch how member Hoopie is integrating a 2001 Prius platform & drivetrain into a 1946 Chevy Truck, with the goal of making the changes invisible to the casual observer.

Started by Hoopie in forum: Hybrids - 273 replies
1946 Chevy Prius Truck

Paul & Sabrina Paul & Sabrina's cheap DIY 144v motor controller

A thread and project of epic proportions where Paul designs a DIY 144V DC electric motor controller.

Started by MPaulHolmes in forum: Open ReVolt: open source DC motor controller - 7260 replies

Efficient, cheap beaters! Used car ads: 35 mpg highway or more for $1500 or less

People often sign up on the forum seeking advice on cheap, economical beaters. The purpose of this thread is to go beyond the hypothetical, and post actual ads of actual available cars. They're out there, people. (Our non-North American members should feel free to laugh at our concept of 'efficient' little cars.)

Started by MetroMPG in forum: For Sale - 488 replies
Efficient, cheap beaters! Used car ads: 35 mpg highway or more for $1500 or less

You know you You know you're an ecomodder if...

One of the more popular threads on EcoModder, this is a lighthearted and tongue-in-cheek look at the many potential signs and symptoms that you may be more interested in fuel economy than the average person...

Started by Tango Charlie in forum: The Lounge - 2200 replies

VW Lupo 3L --> 2L

Vekke has taken one of the world's most efficient cars and is modifying it extensively for even better results. "Best fuel consumption so far is 2.24 L/100km at 80 km/h average speed, which equals 105 MPG (US) at 50 MPH avg. speed."

Started by Vekke in forum: EcoModding Central - 383 replies
VW Lupo 3L --> 2L

Urba Centurion Update - (Kubota diesel, 100+ MPG in mixed driving - Fall 2012 on) Urba Centurion Update - (Kubota diesel, 100+ MPG in mixed driving - Fall 2012 on)

Changzuki describes the progress of this diesel-powered custom car, with Triumph Spitfire manual transmission and rear differential. Top speed from the 850 cc Kubota is 65 mph, and it's returning 100+ MPG in mixed driving.

Started by changzuki in forum: EcoModding Central - 680 replies

Aerodynamic streamline template - online tool (view streamlined extension on any car)

Member seifrob made an online tool that overlays a streamlined template on an image of any vehicle to visualize the "ideal" extended low drag shape. Very useful for anyone considering building a drag-reducing Kamm back, full boat tail, box cavity, spoiler, etc.

Started by seifrob in forum: Aerodynamics - 178 replies
Aerodynamic streamline template - online tool (view streamlined extension on any car)

t vago t vago's MPGuino workspace thread, continued

Check out t vago's continuous enhancement of the multi-featured MPGuino fuel economy computer / gauge.

Started by t vago in forum: OpenGauge / MPGuino FE computer - 162 replies

Honda Insight Under-body Smoothing Panels (custom belly pan / undertray)

This is an incredibly detailed effort to smooth out the underside of a first generation Honda Insight. After the modification, the owner says, "As for MPG, I seem to be getting about 7 MPG more than before. Average is about 81 MPG with 60 F temps, and this is over a full tank of gas."

Started by 3-Wheeler in forum: Aerodynamics - 81 replies
Honda Insight Under-body Smoothing Panels (custom belly pan / undertray)

15 mods = 15% MPG improvement: A-B test, 2007 Honda Civic 1.8L, 5-speed 15 mods = 15% MPG improvement: A-B test, 2007 Honda Civic 1.8L, 5-speed

A collection of mosty small & inexpensive mods, from aerodynamic to electrical to gearing changes (through oversize tires) result in an average 15% mileage improvement in a 2007 Civic.

Started by MetroMPG in forum: EcoModding Central - 47 replies

Boat tail project based on a single wheel trailer...

BamZipPow's epic customization & refinement of a single-wheel, drag-reducing trailer used on his already extensively aero-modified 1998 Toyota T-100 pickup. "Mileage is averaging around 27mpg with the trailer," he says, which he estimates is about a 2 MPG improvement.

Started by BamZipPow in forum: Aerodynamics - 1065 replies
Boat tail project based on a single wheel trailer...

Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown: Nissan Micra 1.6L Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown: Nissan Micra 1.6L

The Micra's official ratings are almost the same for the automatic and manual transmission. Yet the 5-speed can be much more efficient in the real world using just one simple ecodriving technique. Again we see the EPA handicaps manual transmission cars due to dictated, non-eco shift points during testing.

Started by MetroMPG in forum: Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed - 54 replies

Speed vs. MPG charts (post 'em if you got 'em)

The speed at which you choose to drive has the biggest impact on your highway fuel consumption. This fact is nicely demonstrated by this collection of graphs showing the relationship of MPH to MPG in a variety of vehicles, from a 55 hp Geo Metro to a 505 hp Corvette, and many others in between.

Started by bluejoey in forum: Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed - 174 replies
Speed vs. MPG charts (post

Dam, It works! (Air dam on Smart Fortwo: 3-4% MPG improvement) Dam, It works! (Air dam on Smart Fortwo: 3-4% MPG improvement)

In addition to a clear lower grille block and smooth, black wheel covers, Chumly added and tested a simple air dam: "I just made an air dam out of some lawn edging. A-B-A testing shows 3.16% - 4.2% (avg 3.73%) better mileage. It took a whole half hour to make and install it, I should have done this a long time ago!"

Started by chumly in forum: Success Stories - 50 replies

My 1991 Talon TSi Compound Turbo AWD

It would almost be easier to list what hasn't been done engine wise to this car. Suffice to say that he gets mid 40 mpg with an auto, and is pretty darn fast. Check out this extensive build here.

Started by pgfpro in forum: EcoModding Central - 429 replies
My 1991 Talon TSi Compound Turbo AWD

94 Caprice Wagon 5.7L project--46 MPG so far 94 Caprice Wagon 5.7L project--46 MPG so far

A huge boat of a vehicle modded to get some crazy good mileage.

Started by funkhoss in forum: EcoModding Central - 75 replies

208 km (129 mi.) in EV mode with a 2007 prius plugin 20kWh

Planetaire shares his very nice 2nd gen Prius PHEV conversion.

Started by planetaire in forum: Hybrids - 33 replies
208 km (129 mi.) in EV mode with a 2007 prius plugin 20kWh


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