Fact #813: January 20, 2014 New Light Vehicle Fuel Economy Continues to Rise

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The sales-weighted fuel economy average of all light vehicles sold in model year (MY) 2013 was 1.6 miles per gallon (mpg) higher than MY 2011. This increase brings the new light vehicle fuel economy average to 24 mpg for the first time since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began recording new vehicle fuel economy data in 1975. According to the EPA, fuel economy has moved through four phases over the years:

New Light Vehicle Fuel Economy, 1975-2013
Graph showing the new light vehicle fuel economy from 1975 to 2013. See table below for more detailed information.

Supporting Information

New Light Vehicle Fuel Economy, 1975-2013
Model Year Miles per Gallon
1975 13.1
1976 14.2
1977 15.1
1978 15.8
1979 15.9
1980 19.2
1981 20.5
1982 21.1
1983 21.0
1984 21.0
1985 21.3
1986 21.8
1987 22.0
1988 21.9
1989 21.4
1990 21.2
1991 21.2
1992 20.8
1993 20.9
1994 20.4
1995 20.5
1996 20.4
1997 20.1
1998 20.1
1999 19.7
2000 19.8
2001 19.6
2002 19.4
2003 19.6
2004 19.3
2005 19.9
2006 20.1
2007 20.6
2008 21.0
2009 22.4
2010 22.6
2011 22.4
2012 23.6
2013 24.0
Note: Fuel economy data are sales-weighted EPA adjusted values.
Source: U.S. EPA, Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2013.

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