A study by TrueCar confirms something most of us know in our hearts; when gas prices go down, sales of less efficient vehicles rebound.
“We continue to see increases in fuel economy among the major manufacturers compared to the previous years but as we’ve started to see a decline in gas prices in recent weeks, consumer preferences showed a slight shift toward larger, less-fuel-efficient vehicles,”
Compared to May, 2011, average fuel economy was up for both cars and trucks, but the dip in gas prices, according to TrueCar, means that the pendulum has swung, albeit slightly, towards larger, thirstier vehicles. The full breakdown can be found at the above link – we’ll be keeping an eye on June sales to see how falling gas prices have shifted to nameplate order. Not that we expect everyone to abandon the F-150 Ecoboost for the SVT Raptor.