EPA mileage ratings

Average fuel economy of new U.S. vehicles rises to 25.4 mpg

2:24 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
The average fuel economy of new light vehicles sold in the United States in March rose to 25.4 mpg, according to University of Michigan researchers, the highest since the researchers began collecting data in October 2007.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

The mad truck dash to 30 mpg on highway and pickup gold

4:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2014
If you thought the pickup wars -- manufacturers' ongoing offensive to top each other with towing and payload increases and an ever-expanding array of luxury features -- couldn't get any more intense, you are dead wrong.... Read More »

 

Ram diesel tops pickup mpg ratings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
While the Ford F-150 is shedding pounds to improve fuel economy, the 2014 Ram 1500 used a new diesel engine to achieve a highway rating of 28 mpg, the highest for any pickup on sale in the United States.... Read More »

 

New car fuel economy in U.S. rose 0.1 mpg in January

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2014
The average fuel economy of new trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in January in the United States rose 0.1 mpg from December, to 24.9 mpg, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.... Read More »

 

Ram EcoDiesel receives 28 mpg highway rating

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2014
The 2014 diesel-powered Ram 1500 pickup gets 28 mpg on the highway, the top rating for any pickup in the United States.... Read More »

 

EPA chief cheers mpg efforts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is convinced carmakers are trying about as hard as they can to improve fuel economy.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

EPA chief gives automakers 'A' for fuel economy effort

4:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Car companies are fiercely competing for better fuel economy. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is convinced they're trying about as hard as they can.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Ford, Ram trucks square off in fuel economy, tech race

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 27, 2013
Watch for a pickup truck fuel economy war between Ford's F-150 EcoBoost and Chrysler's new Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.... Read More »

 

EPA says fuel economy of 2012 models sold in U.S. hit record 23.6 mpg

4:06 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2013
Higher sales of vehicles with smaller engines, gasoline-electric hybrids and diesel powertrains helped boost the average fuel economy of 2012 new vehicles sold in the United States 1.2 mpg to 23.6 mpg, an all-time high, according to the EPA’s Trends Report issued today.... Read More »

 

Average new-vehicle mileage rises to 24.8 mpg

11:24 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2013
The average fuel economy of new trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in the United States during November rose 0.1 mpg from October, to 24.8 mpg, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.... Read More »

 

Average new-vehicle mileage up to 24.8 mpg

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2013
The average fuel economy of new U.S. trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in November rose in 0.1 mpg from October, to 24.8 mpg, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.... Read More »

 

EXTRA CREDIT

Daimler asks EPA to let tech features bolster its mileage ratings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
For all their performance prowess, Mercedes-Benz vehicles spend 23.9 percent of their time on the road idling, according to Daimler. The company did that obscure bit of math in order to support a recent regulatory petition in which it's seeking to get better treatment under new U.S. fuel economy standards for its start-stop technology and other fuel-saving features.... Read More »

 

Ford Fiesta SE gets 45 mpg EPA highway rating, highest of any gasoline non-hybrid

11:39 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2013
The EPA has certified the 2014 Ford Fiesta, equipped with Ford's 1-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, at 45 mpg highway, the highest mpg for a non-hybrid gasoline or diesel car.... Read More »

 

New-vehicle fuel economy slips 0.3 mpg in September from August, study says

11:48 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2013
The average fuel economy of new trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in September fell 0.3 mpg from August, to 24.6 mpg, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.... Read More »

 

Q&A

EPA exec: Industry ahead of schedule on mpg goals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2013
Christopher Grundler, director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality at the EPA, was promoted last year at a pivotal time. Fuel economy has become a fiercely competitive battleground as consumers demand more efficient cars and the Obama administration's new standards start to ramp up to a nominal average of 54.5 mpg by 2025.... Read More »

 

EPA says automakers' test drivers can be too good

11:37 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2013
Car companies warn car buyers that their fuel economy will vary in the real world. The numbers vary in the laboratory, too, says the top auto regulator at the EPA -- and he's warning automakers to mind the gap.... Read More »

 

EPA to go public with results of vehicle mpg audits

1:21 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2013
After cracking down on Hyundai, Kia and Ford, the EPA is preparing to shine a more public spotlight on automakers' fuel economy claims. This fall, the agency plans to release the results of industrywide audits that included tests on more than 20 car and light-truck models this year, said Christopher Grundler, head of the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality, in an interview last week.... Read More »

 

Mercedes E250 rated at 28/45 mpg

2:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2013
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 Bluetec has received an estimated EPA rating of 28 mpg city/45 highway.... Read More »

 

Average new-vehicle fuel economy rises to 24.9 mpg, study says

3:52 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
The average fuel economy of new trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in August reached 24.9 mpg, up 0.1 mpg from July, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. The average is the highest since researchers began collecting data in October 2007.... Read More »

 

'14 Honda Accord rated at 50 mpg city

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
Honda ditched its long-running Integrated Motor Assist hybrid drive system and took a page from the Toyota and Ford engineering playbooks with the 2014 Accord Hybrid.... Read More »

 

'14 Honda Accord Hybrid rated at 50 mpg in city, 47 combined

6:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2013
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will carry an EPA rating of 50 mpg in the city, 45 on the highway and 47 combined -- putting the Accord back in the battle among mid-sized sedans over fuel economy.... Read More »

 

GM boosts Malibu's mpg in bid to revive sales

9:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2013
The re-engineered 2014 Chevrolet Malibu will get a bump in its fuel economy rating for city driving -- to 25 miles per gallon, from 22 -- in a bid to revive the mid-sized sedan's sluggish sales.... Read More »

 

EPA says its mpg test holds up for hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
Don't blame the test. That's the EPA's message in the wake of Ford Motor Co.'s decision to restate fuel economy estimates on its C-Max Hybrid.... Read More »

 

'Your mileage may vary'; here's why

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
New-car buyers place a lot of faith in the EPA's fuel economy numbers on the window sticker -- only to find out later that the vehicle doesn't meet them. That's the conflict behind the standard industry disclaimer, "Your mileage may vary."... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

C-Max deception: A gross violation of customers' trust

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
The EPA estimates on window stickers have long been a sort of gentleman's agreement among manufacturers, regulators and consumers. They are estimates, after all, a comparative tool, and not intended as absolute numbers. But Ford's approach to the C-Max Hybrid's ratings was a gross violation of that covenant and an insult to consumers.... Read More »

 

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