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EPA Average Fuel Economy Report Shows All-Time High of 24.1 MPG

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/9/2014 Joseph Capparella

The EPA’s annual fuel economy report for 2013 model-year vehicles shows that overall average fuel economy hit an all-time high of 24.1 mpg including both cars and trucks.

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This number is a 0.5 mpg improvement from 2012; according to the EPA, fuel economy averages have now improved for eight of the last nine years, as 2004’s average was nearly 5 mpg lower. Among the four categories that cars are sorted into by the EPA, cars had the highest average of 28.3, and car SUVs (i.e. crossovers that meet emissions standards for cars) were next at 24.5 mpg.

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The top-rated manufacturer overall for 2013 model year vehicles was Mazda, with a 28.1 mpg average for its lineup. Among full-line automakers whose lineups include trucks and premium brands, Nissan was highest with its 26.2 mpg average, and also achieved the greatest improvement with its 2.1-mpg bump from 2012. Sitting at the bottom of the list was Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, whose lineup averaged 20.9 mpg. Overall, nine of eleven manufacturers improved from 2012 to 2013, and projections for 2014 predict that most of these manufacturers will continue to improve next year as well.

Going forward, the EPA says 34 percent of all 2014 model-year vehicles already meets 2016 requirements for CO2 emissions targets. Four percent of 2014 vehicles, all of which are hybrids and plug-in hybrids, even meet stringent CO2 requirements for 2025.

Source: EPA

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