- The national average fuel economy for light vehicles took a slight dip in April to 25.2 mpg, according to a new study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
- That's down slightly below the 25.4 mpg reported in March, but still better than the 20.1 mpg recorded in October 2007, when researchers began collecting data.
- According to the AAA Monthly Gas Price Report, the national average price for regular gas in April reached $3.70 per gallon, the highest cost since March 20, 2013.
ANN ARBOR, Michigan — The national average fuel economy for new cars took a slight dip in April, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, while AAA reports that gas prices rose steadily.
The latest Eco-Driving Index from UMTRI shows that the average sales-weighted fuel economy for cars and light trucks sold in April was 25.2 mpg. That's down just a bit from the 25.4 mpg reported in March, but still more than 25 percent better than the 20.1 mpg recorded in October 2007, when researchers began collecting data.
Average sales-weighted fuel economy was calculated from April sales of individual models of light-duty vehicles (cars, SUVs, vans and pickup trucks) and the combined city/highway fuel economy ratings published by the EPA and displayed on window stickers. UMTRI says that fuel economy information was available for 99.8 percent of vehicles purchased last month.
Meanwhile, according to the AAA Monthly Gas Price Report, the national average price for regular gas in April reached a high of $3.70 per gallon, the most expensive since March 20, 2013. The report also notes that fuel prices have increased an average of 42 cents per gallon (13 percent) since early February.
"Drivers can't seem to catch a break with gas prices rising nearly every day since February," said AAA spokesman Avery Ash in a statement. "Spring is generally the worst time of year to fill up the car, and high gas prices are hard on people hoping to take advantage of the warmer weather."
A tiny bit of relief is being reported so far in May. The latest AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report shows that the national average price of regular gas has been recorded at $3.67 per gallon.
Edmunds says: The dip in average fuel economy is fairly minor, but the higher cost of fuel reported for April is certainly not good news for consumers.