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Final fuel economy estimates for model year (MY) 2022 show the largest improvement in the last nine years reaching an average of 26.0 miles per gallon (mpg) and up from 25.4 MPG in 2021. This is nearly double the 1975 fuel economy average of 13.1 mpg. Preliminary estimates for MY 2023 indicate even greater improvement.

Average Fuel Economy for New Light-Duty Vehicles, 1975-2023

* Data for 2023 are based on manufacturer plans or projections and are preliminary.

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The 2023 EPA Automotive Trends Report, EPA-42-R-23-033, December 2023.