Toyota Matrix Case Study

The hatchback is one of the most popular car body styles today. It combines the efficiency of compact car body design with convenient storage space.

Toyota Matrix Saves Fuel

Visualize yourself as 1″ tall, the same size as a GasPod, standing at the edge of the hatchback rear roof line. The hatchback rear end drops off like a cliff. This shape leaves a vacuum that pulls back against the car as it travels through the air. This adds to gas consumption. GasPods offer a quick fix that can easily make most hatchbacks more aerodynamic.

The auto industry is responding to this aerodynamic compromise in design for function vs. fuel efficiency, with rounded rear ends. As this design evolution is somewhat effective, easy to install GasPods can make these new model hatchbacks, in addition to current and past models even more aerodynamic.

TH of Santa Barbara, California, provided AeroHance with baseline mileage dating back over 1 year. Average mileage for his Toyota Matrix over 6,150 miles of driving was 28.2 mpg.

Close to 10% Fuel Savings

In June of 2013, he added GasPods to his rear roof line. His latest 2,975 miles of driving, over the past 3 months, has averaged 31 mpg. That is close to a 10% in fuel savings. When adjusted for percentages of driving city vs. highway, the GasPods increased mileage by 4%.

TH is continuing to document his mileage to allow the amount of data accumulated to adjust over time and provide most accurate results. View Results >>

TH is a member of The AeroHance: GasPod Test Team. He has provided more than 2,000 miles of odometer readings, and gallons purchased each time he adds fuel to his car. By doing this he helps AeroHance in documenting how much fuel can be saved by making his vehicle more aerodynamic. GasPods offer the simplest way to get started on saving fuel in this manner.During the 3 month term of documenting the benefit of adding GasPods to his Toyota Matrix hatchback, TH saved 7.52 gallons of gasoline, 185 lbs less CO2 was generated by his driving and 927 gallons of water were saved from permanent pollution by the oil refinery process.

Each gallon of gas consumed by driving releases 19.4 lbs of CO2 into the atmosphere. This, along with an approximate $30 savings in fuel per calendar quarter may not sound like much, but accumulate the effect of making your car more aerodynamic, along with any percentage of the billions of cars driving each day, and like we at AeroHance say, the results will be….atmospheric.

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