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Preliminary data for EPA’s 2020 Automotive Trends Report shows average fuel economy for model year 2020 light-duty vehicles increased to 25.7 miles per gallon (MPG). If this preliminary data holds, that will be a new record high for average new light-duty vehicle fuel economy. The period from 1975–1987 was marked by a rapid increase in average fuel economy, followed by a gradual decrease in fuel economy from 1988–2004. From 2005–2020 average fuel economy rose by 29%.

New light-duty vehicle average fuel economy from 1975 to 2020

* Data for 2020 are preliminary.

Note: Includes cars, pickups, and cargo vans less than 8,500 lbs. gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and SUVs and passenger vans up to 10,000 lbs. GVWR. The average fuel economy for each model year is production weighted and includes light-duty vehicles of all fuel types and vehicle types that are certified and labeled for fuel economy by the EPA.

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2020 EPA Automotive Trends Report.

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