Study: Rapid Increase in Average New Vehicle’s Fuel Economy

23 mpg

Detroit Bureau - February 6, 2012

A recent study by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michigan’s Trans­porta­tion Research Insti­tute found that new vehi­cles are get­ting an aver­age 14% bet­ter mileage than four years ago. The aver­age mpg for all 2012 light-duty vehi­cles is 21.5 com­pared to 18.9 mpg for mod­el year 2008. The typ­i­cal car sold in 2011 got 22.5 mpg, up from 20.8 mpg as recent­ly as 2008. The study found a drop of 3 mpg for hybrids.