U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Weatherization & Intergovernmental Program
EPA: No Change in U.S. Fuel Economy in 2004
May 5, 2004
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on April 28th that the average gas mileage of new cars, pickups, and sport utility
vehicles (SUVs) sold in the United States is 20.8 miles per gallon
(MPG) for 2004, essentially equal to last year's value of 20.7 MPG.
According to EPA's annual fuel economy trends report, U.S. fuel
economy has held roughly steady since 1997, varying only between
20.6 and 20.9 MPG. U.S. fuel economy peaked at 22.1 MPG in the late
1980s, but since then the fuel efficiency of cars, pickups, and SUVs
has remain unchanged, while sales of the less-fuel-efficient pickups
and SUVs have increased. In 2004, the EPA estimates that 48 percent of
new light-duty vehicles sold in the United States will be either
pickups or SUVs. See the EPA press release and the full report on the
EPA Web site.