Fuel Economy Driving New Car Purchases

For the first time in many years, gas prices are driving car purchases.

Consumer Reports magazine surveyed drivers who are considering a new vehicle purchase over the next year.

27% said of drivers surveyed said Fuel Economy is the #1 consideration.

A quarter of potential buyers said Reliability is their top consideration.

Price was a top factor for 14% of those surveyed.

Safety Features took 12% and 5% of car shoppers said dealer or factory incentives were the most important factors in the purchasing decision.