Fact #969: March 20, 2017 New Vehicle Fuel Economy Has Improved 33% From 1980 to 2016

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Despite a 120% increase in horsepower and 47% improvement in acceleration (measured by time to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph) from model year (MY) 1980 to 2016, the fuel economy of vehicles improved 33%. The data are based on sales-weighted averages. In the 1990s and early 2000s, fuel economy decreased while vehicle weight increased, and fuel economy has improved nearly every year since 2004.

Characteristics of New Light Vehicles Sold, MY 1980-2016

Graph showing characteristics (horsepower, weight, fuel economy, 0-60) of new light vehicles sold for model years 1980-2016.

Note: Data are sales-weighted.

Fact #969 Dataset

Supporting Information

Characteristics of New Light Vehicles Sold, MY 1980-2016
Model YearOriginal Values Indexed Values (Graph)
Fuel EconomyWeightHorse-power0-60 Time Fuel EconomyWeightHorse-power0-60 Time
Miles per GallonPoundsSeconds Miles per GallonPoundsSeconds
198019.23,22810415.6 100100100100
198120.53,20210215.6 1079998100
198221.13,20210316.6 1109999106
198321.03,25710714.9 10910110396
198421.03,26210914.7 10910110594
198521.33,27111414.1 11110111090
198621.83,23811413.4 11410011086
198722.03,22111813.4 11510011386
198821.93,28312313.3 11410211885
198921.43,35112912.5 11110412480
199021.23,42613511.5 11010613074
199121.33,41013811.4 11110613373
199220.83,51214511.0 10810913971
199320.93,51914710.3 10910914166
199420.43,60315210.1 10611214665
199520.53,61315810.1 10711215265
199620.43,65916410.4 10611315867
199720.23,72716910.2 10511516365
199820.13,74417110.4 10511616467
199919.73,83517910.3 10311917266
200019.83,8211819.8 10311817463
200119.63,8791879.5 10212018061
200219.53,9511959.4 10212218860
200319.63,9991999.3 10212419160
200419.34,1112119.1 10112720358
200519.94,0592099.0 10412620158
200620.14,0672138.9 10512620557
200720.64,0932178.9 10712720957
200821.04,0852198.9 10912721157
200922.43,9142088.8 11712120056
201022.64,0012148.8 11812420656
201122.44,1262308.5 11712822154
201223.73,9792228.5 12312321354
201324.34,0032268.4 12712421754
201424.34,0602308.3 12712622153
201524.84,0352298.3 12912522053
201625.63,9852298.2 13312322053

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 through 2016, EPA-420-R-16-010, November 2016.

 

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