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 10-18-2008, 08:44 AM #8 (permalink) TestDrive Master EcoModder   Join Date: Aug 2008 Location: South Dakota Posts: 460 WonderWagon - '94 Ford Escort LX Last 3: 51.52 mpg (US) DaBluOne - '99 Ford Escort SE 90 day: 48.97 mpg (US) DaRedOne - '99 Ford Escort ZX2 Hot Thanks: 0 Thanked 15 Times in 4 Posts There are lots of 4 cylinder cars that might fit the bill. You should be able to get a reasonable guesstimate of FE for anything you/she looks at by going to Fuel Economy - User Estimates Example:Ford Escort ( be sure to click the Show All links eg Show Alll for 2001 )Look for something your mom likes. Mpg won't matter if she doesn't like the car! How mileage-conscious is you mom? And how many miles does she drive a year? I suggest you make some tables based on that number of miles and gas at various prices. eg 5,000 miles @ 25 mpg & \$4 per gallon gas = \$800 of gas. 5,000 miles @ 30 mpg & \$4 per gallon gas = \$667 of gas. 5,000 miles @ 35 mpg & \$4 per gallon gas = \$571 of gas. 5,000 miles @ 50 mpg & \$4 per gallon gas = \$400 of gas. 5,000 miles @ 25 mpg & \$5 per gallon gas = \$1,000 of gas. 5,000 miles @ 30 mpg & \$5 per gallon gas = \$833 of gas. 5,000 miles @ 35 mpg & \$5 per gallon gas = \$714 of gas. 5,000 miles @ 50 mpg & \$5 per gallon gas = \$500 of gas. (5 years) 25,000 miles @ 25 mpg & \$4 per gallon gas = \$4,000 of gas. 25,000 miles @ 30 mpg & \$4 per gallon gas = \$3,333 of gas. 25,000 miles @ 35 mpg & \$4 per gallon gas = \$2,857 of gas. 25,000 miles @ 50 mpg & \$4 per gallon gas = \$2,000 of gas. __________________