Performance Parts Can Improve Your Gas Mileage

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Buck Pomerantz

Buck Pomerantz was born and raised in Philadelphia. His parents bought their first television set when he was born. He figured out how to run it by the time he was two. Besides athletics, his formative interests included electronics, amateur radio, music, and stage crew work. He got his BA in writing from Brown University. Then he joined a rock 'n roll band as their soundman and moved to Charlottesville, Virginia. After that venture failed, he spent time in Boston, New Orleans, and Berkeley. He worked in a music store in Austin manufacturing, installing, repairing, and operating sound systems for recording studios, clubs, and bands. He moved back to Charlottesville, ran a little recording studio and finally joined Crutchfield as a copywriter. He has 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren, but after a good nap he can still rock out.

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Improving vehicle gas mileage is on everyone's mind this year, and will be for many years to come. What most people don't always realize, however, is that you can improve gas mileage by upgrading your vehicle's performance and power characteristics.

Obviously, getting a smaller car (trading in the SUV for a 4-cylinder, 2-door coupe, for example) will make the largest positive impact on the gas mileage you get. Practicing good driving behaviors will save you more gas than any other method. For example, avoiding speeding and rapid changes in speed, taking it easy and slow, and driving like there's an egg between your foot and the pedals are all ways to maximize your gas mileage. Keeping your car mechanically in tune is also important. But there are products available here at Crutchfield that improve gas mileage by increasing your vehicle's efficiency. And that's what we all want: to get the farthest on the least amount of gasoline.

Air Filters

The most economic part you can replace in your vehicle to improve gas mileage is the air filter. A dirty, clogged filter restricts air flow to the engine, reduces efficiency, and wastes gas. The better an engine can suck in clean air, the better it runs. K&N air filters are made of high-flow cotton gauze, instead of the usual paper, and are cleanable, re-usable, and built to last the life of your car. They pay for themselves in saved gas in less than a year.

K&N air filter
K&N air filter

You can also get a K&N air intake kit to replace your engine's air box and filter, further improving airflow and increasing power, response, and economy. These kits allow your engine to breathe better by passing more air into the engine faster than stock air boxes can. K&N guarantees their air filters and intake kits for a million miles.

air intake kit
K&N air intake kit
exhaust system
Borla exhaust system

Exhaust Systems

You might not think Borla performance exhaust systems could improve gas mileage, but they do. Stock systems, with narrow pipes and tight bends, often constrict the flow of gases coming out of the engine, backing up and choking the engine in its own exhaust. Borla uses much wider and straighter piping to carry the exhaust out quickly with no impediments to the flow. As long as you're not hot-rodding around, these open-throated pipes clear exhaust from your engine more efficiently than stock exhaust systems, giving you more power and miles per gallon.

You don't have to be a race car driver to benefit from improving your vehicle's performance. Everybody benefits when you run your car or truck more efficiently, burning less gas as you travel along all those millions of miles. Call us, at Crutchfield, or click on what fits your vehicle to find out which performance parts we have that will save you gas.

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