Fact #764: January 28, 2013
Model Year 2013 Brings More Fuel Efficient Choices for Consumers
Over the last six years, manufacturers have made more fuel efficient choices available to consumers in several size classes. For a consumer purchasing a new large car in 2008, the highest combined city/highway fuel economy available was 25 miles per gallon (mpg); for 2013, the top fuel economy of the large car class is 47 mpg. The top fuel economy for midsize station wagons and compact cars also rose by more than 5 mpg in the six-year time period. Standard pickups were the only light truck class to improve top fuel economy. All the other light truck classes had the same top fuel economy in both years, except for sport utility vehicles.
Notes: EPA combined city and highway fuel economy estimates are used. Compressed natural gas vehicles, electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrids are not included in these data.
|Size of Class||Model Year 2008||Model Year 2013||Difference in mpg between
2008 and 2013
|Midsize Station Wagons||24||42||18|
|Standard Pickup Trucks||18||21||3|
|Small Station Wagons||31||34||3|
|Small Pickup Trucks||23||23||0|
|Sport Utility Vehicles||32||30||-2|
|Sources: U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Model Year 2008 Fuel Economy Guide.
U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Model Year 2013 Fuel Economy Guide.