Average Fuel Economy Increases in March

Average Fuel Economy Increases in March

Fuel economy is back up slightly after a dip in February.

By using the monthly sales of individual models of light-duty vehicles, which includes cars, SUVs, vans and pickup trucks, along with the combined-mpg ratings published in the EPA Fuel Economy Guide, researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has reported that fuel economy for cars sold in the U.S. is back up to 25.4 mpg. That figure is the same as it was in January 2015, prior to a slight drop to 25.1 mpg in February.

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The researchers believe the change reflects the increased price of gasoline from February to March, although fuel economy is still down 0.4 mpg from the peak reached in August 2014. Since the start of monitoring by Sivak and Schoettle (October 2007), fuel economy has risen 5.3 mpg.

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