EPA Offering Fuel Economy Window Stickers For Used Cars

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

Those of you buying or selling a used car now have another weapon at your disposal during your hunt for the perfect clunker. The EPA is offering window stickers for a all kinds of used cars that give estimates of a vehicle’s fuel economy, so buyers and sellers can advertise (or obfuscate) how much gasoline their car consumes.

The figures are based on revised EPA ratings, which came into effect in 2008. The window stickers also come with a QR code (that strange looking bit of black and white squares) so you can scan it with a smartphone and get details digitally. The new figures are supposed to accurately reflect a vehicle’s true fuel economy, and we experimented with a 1997 Mazda Miata, which was at one point rated at 18/25mpg for city and highway driving. The new figures show 20/26 mpg, a slight bump in both areas, but still relatively poor for such a small 4-cylinder vehicle. For comparison, a 2011 model gets 21/28 mpg on the highway. You can satiate your own curiosity here, and find out what kind of rating your own vehicle will get. Be sure to let us known in the comments.

[Source: Fueleconomy.gov]

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