US: new vehicles are even more fuel-efficient image

According to a recent study, although American drivers are reviving the full-size pickup segment, they also get new cars that are more fuel efficient, with over 50% topping 23 mpg (10.2 l/100 km) and one in nine reaching 30 mpg (7.84 l/100 km).

Based on industry and government data research, it looks like automakers are winning the fight with fuel consumption, as even some of the models that were back in the day big gas guzzlers are now reaching small car mileage.

“This has been remarkable,” said Mark Cooper, research director for the Consumer Federation of America. “If we hold their feet to the fire they’ll find the technology,” insists CFA’s Cooper. “It’s a cost that has an immediate pocketbook benefit. The cost of efficiency is (offset) by the operating cost savings.”

The new CFA study saw 2014 model year cars reaching or besting a 23 mpg average up to a record 50.5%, while the percentage in 2009 was of only 19%. And as 11.6% best the 30 mpg mark, there’s also no car that fares worst than 13 mpg.

Anyways, the savings look to have been triggered by the industry’s need to achieve a US federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard of 35.5 mpg (6.6 l/100 km) in 2016, with the fuel economy limit set to rise to 54.5 mpg (4.3 l/100 km) by 2025.