- According to the new EPA Trends Report, vehicles from model year 2012 set a new fuel economy record of 23.6 mpg.
- The EPA says the new average outpaced the prior year by 1.2 mpg, the second-highest single-year jump in the last 30 years.
- The report notes that Mazda had the best fuel economy of any manufacturer at 27.1 mpg, followed by Honda (26.6) and Volkswagen (25.8).
WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency says vehicles from model year 2012 set a new fuel economy record of 23.6 mpg.
That's the word from the 2013 EPA Trends Report that notes that the 2012 average outpaced the prior year by 1.2 mpg, the second-highest single-year jump in the last 30 years. According to the report, fuel economy has now increased in seven of the last eight years.
"Today's new vehicles are cleaner and more fuel efficient than ever, saving American families money at the gas pump and helping to keep the air that we breathe cleaner," said Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, in a statement. "Each year new technologies are coming on line to keep driving these positive trends toward greater and greater efficiency."
The Trends Report, based on data supplied to the EPA by manufacturers, is an annual publication that provides detailed information on emissions, fuel economy and powertrain technology trends in the U.S. It covers passenger cars, SUVs, minivans, pickups and other light-duty vehicles.
According to the 2013 Trends Report, Mazda had the top fuel efficiency of any manufacturer, with an average of 27.1 mpg.
Rounding out the top-ten list were Honda at 26.6 mpg, Volkswagen (25.8), Toyota (25.6), Subaru (25.2), Nissan (24.1), BMW (23.7), Ford (22.8), GM (21.7) and Daimler (21.1). Chrysler/Fiat ended up in 11th place at 20.1 mpg.
Of those 11 manufacturers, ten had better fuel-efficiency ratings than the prior year (Volkswagen's rating dropped by 0.2 mpg). And the EPA's preliminary projections suggest that nine of the 11 will improve further in model-year 2013, although final data will not be available until late next year.
According to the Trends Report, the 2012 average carbon dioxide emissions of 376 grams per mile in model year 2012 — down from 398 in the previous year — also represents an all-time record.
And the EPA says both fuel economy and emissions will continue to improve under the National Clean Car Program, which doubles standards to 54.5 mpg by 2025 and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent. The program is expected to save $1.7 trillion in fuel costs and 12 billion barrels of oil by 2025.
Edmunds says: With fuel economy increasing steadily, consumers shopping for an efficient vehicle have more choices than ever.