UMTRI: US New-Car Fuel Economy Averaged 25.3 MPG In 2014

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
umtri us new car fuel economy averaged 25 3 mpg in 2014

The final numbers are in for new-car fuel economy in the United States for 2014, and they are better than they were in 2008.

According to Autoblog, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that the average U.S. fuel economy for a 2014 model landed at 25.3 mpg, 22 percent higher than six years ago.

The same percentage of improvement holds up when it comes to vehicles rated at 16 mpg or less, where only one in 30 new cars held that distinction. On the other end of the spectrum, one in six new cars garnered a rating of 32 mpg or above in 2014; only 1 percent could say the same in 2008.

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  • Zackman Zackman on Feb 24, 2015

    My 2012 Impala gets mpgs as advertised, sometimes better. The worst mpg I have gotten was 19 strictly around town - dead on. 30 on the highway - I have recently gotten 33 on a road trip. So I'd say the current EPA efforts at evaluating real-world fuel economy numbers are pretty accurate.

  • Richard Richard on Feb 24, 2015

    It is interesting this was achieved without the sky falling down. I am sorry the lovely V8s and even lusty V6s have been phased out but manufacturers seem to still provide fast and ever safer cars. It reminds me of the ease with which sulphur dioxide was removed from factory emissions such that pollution permits were soon worthless. Both energy and some US car firms whined about the regs but found out how to deal with them. Business is clever when it applies its intelligence. Presumably other problems that seem so intractable can be sorted out with similar ease if people work on it instead of looking for excuses.

  • Namesakeone Actually, per the IIHS ratings, "Acceptable" is second best, not second worst. The ratings are "Good," "Acceptable," "Marginal" and "Poor."
  • Inside Looking Out "And safety was enhanced generally via new reversing lamps and turn signals fitted as standard equipment."Did not get it, turn signals were optional in 1954?
  • Lorenzo As long as Grenadier is just a name, and it doesn't actually grenade like Chrysler UltraDrive transmissions. Still, how big is the market for grossly overpriced vehicles? A name like INEOS doesn't have the snobbobile cachet yet. The bulk of the auto market is people who need a reliable, economical car to get to work, and they're not going to pay these prices.
  • Lorenzo They may as well put a conventional key ignition in a steel box with a padlock. Anything electronic is more likely to lock out the owner than someone trying to steal the car.
  • Lorenzo Another misleading article. If they're giving away Chargers, people can drive that when they need longer range, and leave the EV for grocery runs and zipping around town. But they're not giving away Chargers, thy're giving away chargers. What a letdown. What good are chargers in California or Nashville when the power goes out?