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Consumer Reports tests fuel economy and acceleration on different grades of gasoline

Premium gas sounds like it’s something special, but it actually translates into paying extra for a higher octane without a performance or fuel economy benefit for many cars.

The best way to burn less fuel is to buy a car that gets better gas mileage. But our tests with a Honda Accord, Toyota RAV4, and other vehicles show there are ways to save at the pump without buying a new car.

Low rolling resistance tires promise to save fuel by requiring less power to move. To take measure of the benefits, Consumer Reports teamed with the University of Michigan months ago to analyze our rolling resistance data to calculate potential savings, determined to be about $78 a year over a conventional tire

When buying a used car, there are myriad factors to consider, but don’t lose sight of the dangers of worn rubber meeting the road. Consider the overall condition of both the vehicle and its tires. Tires can tell you a lot about how well the car was maintained and driven.

You’re driving along in your car or truck and suddenly a yellow light illuminates on your dash telling you to check or service your engine. If you’re like most car owners,

Two- and three-year-old used vehicles are often the best values. Not only is the price lower than a comparable new car’s, but continuing ownership expenses such as collision insurance and taxes are lower, and a two- or three-year-old used vehicle has already taken its biggest depreciation hit.

Most parents look for the best used car when shopping for their teen to save money, but although you may need to make compromises to stay within budget, don’t skimp on safety. Make sure the vehicle you buy has advanced safety features such as electronic stability control (ESC) and curtain airbags, as well as good crash-test results.