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According to a new report, it seems that automakers are doing their best to meet national fuel efficiency standards.

With low fuel gas prices, you would not expect for fuel economy to matter much in the eyes of the automakers, but a new study shows the opposite. 56 percent of available models in the US are matching or even exceeding today’s fuel efficiency national targets, according to a new analysis the Consumer Federation of America made on 1,094 2016 vehicles. “Fuel efficiency increasingly comes standard with new cars, trucks, and SUVs,” Jack Gillis, Director of Public Affairs for CFA and author of The Car Book, said. “Even if you’re in the market for a large pickup or SUV, you’d have to go out of your way to find a true gas guzzler.”

Furthermore, it seems that the American motorists do care about fuel-efficiency, as another consumer survey shows 81 percent of consumers will take gas mileage into consideration next time they buy a new vehicle and also they support federal fuel economy standards. “It’s no surprise that fuel efficiency is still a top priority as consumers have had a long history with volatile gas prices,” Gillis added.

Consumer Federation said that it was the third consecutive year in which more than half of all new passenger car and truck models offered for sale in the United States meet or beat the national standards. The report found out that 13.4 percent of the latest models manage to achieve more than 30 mpg in on-road tests, up from 11.7 percent last year, considerably way over the 1 percent of all new vehicles in 2008. SUVs and pickups have also improved a lot, as vehicles that get less than 16 mpg declined to just 4 percent of available models, down from 6.1 percent a year ago and from 32.2 percent in 2008.

Consumer Federation of America report