That MPG figure on your vehicle sticker might not be as accurate as you think.
According to a recent study, thousands of vehicles found real-world MPG values significantly vary from the estimates given by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). AAA conducted the study and found that more than 8 in 10 drivers got better fuel economy than what’s estimated by the EPA. In fact, U.S. drivers are reporting that they get 12 percent better fuel economy than window-sticker estimates, which might be surprising to some considering numerous automakers have had to revise their figures in the past few years for being too high.
The study found that diesel owners are reporting 20-percent higher fuel economy while those with manual transmissions got 17-percent better MPG. Unfortunately owners of vehicles with turbocharged engines aren’t as lucky. Although the technology helps maintain performance while improving fuel efficiency, V6 turbo owners are reporting nine-percent lower fuel economy than estimates while turbo-four owners are seeing four percent less.
Of course driving habits play a major role in just how many MPG you get, and it’s likely that turbocharged vehicle owners have a bit heavier of a foot. In contrast, diesel owners benefit from plenty of torque, which means their gas pedal probably sees a bit less usage.
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