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After Hyundai was caught by the EPA with the wrong fuel economy ratings on “select vehicles” (read: most of them) media outlets (including this one) prognosticated that Hyundai would have to abdicate as king of the fuel sippers. Nothing doing, says TrueCar.

According to TrueCar’s sales-weighted rankings, Hyundai continues to put the most automobiles with the lowest fuel consumption on America’s roads – even after Hyundai and Kia had to restate their EPA window stickers, and had to give money back to customers.

Average MPG
Manufacturer 12-Oct 11-Oct YoY
Hyundai/Kia 27.1 26.8 0.3
Volkswagen 26.7 26.1 0.6
Honda 25.4 23.9 1.5
Toyota 24.6 23.7 0.9
Nissan 24.5 23.2 1.3
Industry 23.2 22.2 1.0
Ford 22.1 21.3 0.8
GM 21.0 20.4 0.6
Chrysler 20.0 19.4 0.6

On the total average, demand for low consumption vehicles lifted the average across all new cars by a full mile per gallon. Hyundai/Kia lead before Volkswagen and Honda. Interesting: All Detroit 3 are sitting not so pretty below industry average, but could lift their ratings.

Average Car MPG
Manufacturer 12-Oct 11-Oct  YoY
Toyota 30.3 28.6 1.7
Honda 28.9 27.8 1.1
Hyundai/Kia 28.9 28.3 0.6
Nissan 28.5 26.4 2.1
Ford 28.3 26.2 2.1
Volkswagen 27.9 27.4 0.5
Industry 27.6 25.9 1.7
GM 25.9 24.6 1.3
Chrysler 24.0 22.9 1.1

In just cars, Toyota leads, the Koreans are in number 3 position, Ford edges past Volkswagen. GM and Chrysler remain below average.

Average Truck MPG
Manufacturer 12-Oct 11-Oct YoY
Hyundai/Kia 23.5 23.6 -0.1
Honda 22.4 21.0 1.4
Volkswagen 22.2 21.5 0.7
Nissan 19.8 19.6 0.2
Ford 19.6 19.4 0.2
Industry 19.6 19.3 0.3
Toyota 19.2 19.3 -0.1
GM 18.7 18.7 0.0
Chrysler 18.2 18.0 0.2

In the truck discipline, Hyundai/Kia lead, Ford remains above industry average, Toyota is sent into the below-average penalty box, which it shares with GM and Chrysler.

Average Small Car MPG Average Midsize Car MPG Average Large Truck MPG
Manufacturer 12-Oct 11-Oct YoY 12-Oct 11-Oct YoY 12-Oct 11-Oct YoY
Chrysler 31.2 25.1 6.1 23.9 24 -0.1 15.8 15.6 0.2
Ford 33.3 32.2 1.1 28 26.6 1.4 17.3 17.5 -0.2
GM 30.7 31.2 -0.5 26.2 25.3 0.9 17.1 17 0.1
Honda 31.8 32.4 -0.6 27.7 25.9 1.8 17.2 16.9 0.3
Hyundai/Kia 30.6 31.4 -0.8 28 26.6 1.4  N/A  N/A  N/A
Mazda 30.9 26.3 4.6 24.4 25.1 -0.7  N/A  N/A  N/A
Mitsubishi 25.4 25.8 -0.4 24.3 24.3 0  N/A  N/A  N/A
Nissan 32.2 30.6 1.6 28.4 25.2 3.2 14.3 14.3 0
Subaru 27.4 21.1 6.3 25.4 22.7 2.7  N/A  N/A  N/A
Suzuki  N/A  N/A N/A 25 25.2 -0.2  N/A  N/A  N/A
Toyota 34.8 34.1 0.7 28.4 26.1 2.3 15.5 15.7 -0.2
Volkswagen 31.3 30.7 0.6 29.3 27.9 1.4  N/A  N/A  N/A
Industry 32 31.2 0.8 27.4 25.4 2 16.8 16.3 0.5

For the “yes, but, I’d like this to be broken down according to …” crowd, here are more breakdowns. For specialized requirements, sundry consulting companies will happily oblige after receipt of the customary obscene fee.

TrueMPGTM computes monthly average fuel economy by brand, manufacturer, origin and vehicle segments by using actual sales data or forecasted sales data for the current month. Calculations start at the trim level, taking into account EPA fuel economy data including engine size and drivetrain that affect a vehicle’s MPG ratings; the sales share from each trim level is then calculated to create an average for each model.  Brand level data is calculated by the sales share of each model and the manufacturer data is then based on the share of each brand, providing an accurate and completely data driven picture of actual measured MPGs in the market place. TrueCar utilizes the EPA’s average fuel economy rating using 45 percent highway and 55 percent city driving behavior.

And before I forget it: America’s most fuel-efficient cars still aren’t American. At least not by name.

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