What parts of a car affect fuel efficiency?

Energy costs pushed higher as oil neared $100 per barrel in November. Gasoline, diesel fuel and home heating oil all showed big gains, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007. (AP (file))

What parts of a car affect fuel efficiency? If you answered "the engine", you're missing quite a few - virtually every component of your car can affect your miles per gallon. So here's a quick tour of what to look for.
The engine does play a big role in fuel efficiency. When you're buying a new car, consider the smallest size car and engine that your lifestyle requires.
Mike Nickoloff of Chrysler GM Electric Vehicles says, "Whenever possible, drive with the windows up to reduce drag, and keep the weight down in the vehicle. the more weight the vehicles carries, the more fuel you use."
Heavier vehicles require more fuel to move. That's why auto manufacturers and companies with large delivery fleets are experimenting with lighter materials to reduce overall weight - and save fuel.
Keep your tires inflated to the recommended levels and replace clogged air filters regularly. These simple steps will help save money at the pump and these days, every little bit helps!

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