A Consumer Reports
survey indicates that our American cousins rate fuel economy as the most important factor when it comes to changing cars.
37 % of respondents agree that consumption figures are a priority when picking a vehicle.
Almost 75 % of them also went as far as saying they would consider buying an alternative fuel vehicle because of the energy crisis. Other factors taken into account by potential buyers when looking for a new vehicle include quality (17 % rated it the most important factor), safety (16 %) and resale value (14 %).
Performance (6 %) is the least important factor of them all.
All Americans are increasingly worried about the environment – but those aged below 55 even more so apparently. A larger share of them is seriously interested in buying alternative-powered vehicles.
However, Consumer Reports
’ Jeff Bartlett pointed out that changing your vehicle right now may not be the wisest choice. If it is less than 3 years old, depreciation alone will cost you more than you would save in gas money.