The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the United States dipped to 25.1 mpg in February, falling by 0.2 month-over-month.
Bad weather is blamed for the drop in fuel economy by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle, the researchers responsible for tracking fuel economy at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research department. Market share of trucks and SUVs rose in response to the harsh winter and falling fuel prices, causing average fuel economy to fall.
Since the researchers began tracking fuel economy in October 2007, average fuel economy is up by 5.1 mpg. Average fuel economy peaked in August of 2014 at 25.8 mpg.
With good weather on the horizon and gas prices on the rise, expect the average fuel economy of new light vehicles to begin improving.