Stay Fuel-Efficient in Pittsburgh With These Green Driving Tips

If you’ve made more than a few road trips this summer and are looking to save a little money on gas going into the fall, then Jim Shorkey in North Huntingdon has you covered. Besides buying a fuel efficient vehicle, like the Mitsubishi Mirage or Kia Optima Hybrid, we’ve got some tips to increase your fuel efficiency in no time.

Lighten your load

Extra weight in the car means more energy consumption. Removing items you don’t need from your car can really improve fuel efficiency. It may be convenient to have those items on hand, but it’s costing you money to haul it around.

Take care of your tires

Underinflated tires are not only bad for fuel efficiency but are also dangerous. Tires that are properly inflated will have less friction on the road, which reduces the energy required to run the engine. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), maintaining tire pressure at the automaker’s recommended level can improve gas mileage by up to 6 percent. Check your tires at least once a month and before going on a long trip.

Be easy on the road

Smooth driving is the key to fuel efficiency. Abrupt acceleration and braking not only deplete fuel efficiency by 33 percent, but also result in excessive amounts of pollutants. Research shows that 1 second of putting the pedal to the metal produces as much carbon monoxide as 30 minutes of normal driving does.

Install window film to keep cool

We know Pittsburgh summers are hot, but using the air-conditioning drastically increases fuel consumption and emits harmful substances in the atmosphere. Parking in the shade and leaving the windows down are a great way to reduce the use of air-conditioning. You can also keep your vehicle cooler by installing window film. It is relatively inexpensive to install and extremely durable.

Five Reasons to Love the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

With its diminutive size, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is quite nimble, allowing for excellent maneuverability on busy roadways, in tight spaces, and when (groan) trying to parallel park on busy streets. Keep in mind, the Mirage may not win any drag races, but it will get everywhere it needs to go, and it will save money the whole way. In particular, the 2014 Mirage is an all-new model for the Mitsubishi line. It’s a 5-door subcompact vehicle, available in two trim models, and powered by a tiny engine that helps make big EPA-estimate numbers.

Gas (And Money) Saver. The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage 5-door hatchback has been listed as the highest ranked non-hybrid vehicle on the prestigious “Greenest Vehicles” list of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (www.aceee.org) and is featured on the Greenercars.org website. This translates to a direct savings to your wallet—which we can all appreciate heading into the sweet summertime.

Surprising Cargo Space. This lightweight subcompact vehicle may look like the Chihuahua of cars, but its extra room in the back for stowing and going may surprise you. There’s 47-cubic feet of maximum cargo space with the rear seat folded, while competitors like the Chevrolet Spark and Scion iQ only offer 31.2 cubic feet and 16.7 cubic feet, respectively. Check out the cargo animation below to see for yourself how well the Mirage carries various everyday items.

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Fun Color Palette. Black cars are fine, white cars are common, but colorful cars are twice as nice. The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage covers all of its chromatic bases with color choices that range from Sapphire Blue to Kiwi Green to Infrared to Plasma Purple. Even it basic colors choices of Thunder Gray, Mystic Black, and Cloud White are anything but ordinary.

Price, price, price. If the real estate saying goes, “Location, location, location,” then many car buyers live by the mantra, “Price, price, price.” The introductory MSRP of the Mirage is just $12,995, making it one of the least expensive new cars available in the country.

May the Safe Be With You. On the safety front, standard safety features of the Mirage include seven air bags; Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); and Brake Assist. Hill Start Assist (HSA) is also standard on all continuously-variable transmission-equipped (CVT) models. Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL) is also included on all models. The ASC/TCL helps stabilize the vehicle when it detects skidding and/or when the system detects a loss of traction on slippery road surfaces.

What others are saying:

“With an impressive list of standard and optional features, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is a practical and fuel-efficient subcompact.”Edmunds

“The diminutive, affordable hatchback does offer a surprising amount of passenger space, excellent maneuverability and combined fuel economy of 40 mpg – that’s tops among non-hybrid cars in the United States.”Left Lane News

2014 Pittsburgh International Auto Show This Weekend

With the snow moving out and warmer temperatures moving in next week, it’s time to look forward. Lucky for us, the 2014 Pittsburgh International Auto Show is steering into David Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh this weekend, February 14-17. The Auto Show is a self-proclaimed supermarket for anything on wheels. The entire Convention Center is filled with the latest domestic and foreign cars, trucks and SUV’s from over 35 manufacturers and exhibitors—all under one roof.

With over 500 vehicles on display, even the most organized and focused automotive aficionado may need some help navigating through the sea of gleaming, polished chrome. Here are a few of our must-see picks that are sure to catch your eye and maybe even your heart this Valentine’s weekend.

  • Listed as one of their featured vehicles, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the most fuel-efficient, non-hybrid vehicles on the market, averaging an eye-popping 44 mpg. This illustrious vehicle also boasts an array of color options, including kiwi green, plasma purple, starlight silver, and infrared.
  • Also featured on display are the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander for the safety-conscious car buyer. These cousin vehicles have picked up the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus and the IIHS Top Safety Pick- Safest SUV awards, respectively.
  • Neighboring these vehicles on the first floor of the Convention Center is Kia’s new world-class luxury sedan, the K900. This debut vehicle boasts standout features characteristic of a premium rear-wheel sedan. From the 17-speaker surround sound Lexicon® Logic 7 audio system created by GRAMMY® Award winning Harman, to the Dynamic Parking Guide System, to the hydrophobic glass that helps repel water, the K900 is packed with hands-on innovations that enhance the total driving experience.
  • Being touted as a highlight of the entire weekend, the 2015 Chrysler 200 is sure to have a steady stream of onlookers. This vehicle resembles the Dodge Dart in a big-brother sense, but includes its own distinguishing characteristics with available best-in-class 295 horsepower, class-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission, and world-class innovative safety and security features.