How to Get Better MPG in a Trailblazer

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The Trailblazer is an SUV that was produced by Chevrolet from 2002 through 2009. As gas prices rose to above $4 a gallon in the United States, drivers started shifting away from SUVs because of their poor fuel economy. The 2009 Trailblazer got an EPA-rated 14 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving. But don't be discouraged by those numbers. If you drive a Trailblazer, there are ways you can improve fuel efficiency to reduce the amount of money you're spending to fuel it up.

  • Lighten your load. While you may be driving a Trailblazer because of a need to haul things, don't leave unnecessary cargo in it. For every 250 pounds of extra weight you're driving around with, you reduce fuel efficiency by about one percent.

  • Tighten the gas cap to prevent fuel from evaporating from the tank through the fill tube. Nearly 147 million gallons of fuel is lost each year through this gap, according to the Car Care Council.

  • Don't let your car idle for more than 30 seconds. If you're stuck at a long light, waiting for someone dashing into a store, or watching a long freight train go by, turn off the engine.

  • Accelerate slowly and evenly. Just because your Trailblazer can go from zero to 60 in 6.3 seconds doesn't mean you have to. Quick acceleration can reduce your Trailblazer's fuel efficiency by as much as 20 percent. Also, using cruise control when on the highway will help you maintain a constant speed, which will increase fuel efficiency.

  • Drive with the windows closed when driving on the highway. This reduces the amount of drag on the car and will also reduce fuel consumption. Folding in any bike or luggage racks that aren't in use will also help streamline the vehicle and reduce aerodynamic drag.

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