Mazda Vehicles Averaged Highest Fuel Economy in 2013 Model Year, Report Says | Edmunds

Mazda Vehicles Averaged Highest Fuel Economy in 2013 Model Year, Report Says


Just the Facts:
  • Mazda vehicles averaged the highest fuel economy and lowest greenhouse gas emissions in the 2013 model year, according to the EPA's annual Fuel Economy Trends report.
  • Nissan's 2013 models posted the biggest improvement in average fuel economy and tailpipe emissions improvements, the report said.
  • The average fuel economy of cars and light trucks increased to a record 24.1 mpg in the 2013 model year.

WASHINGTON Mazda vehicles averaged the highest fuel economy and lowest greenhouse gas emissions in the 2013 model year, according to the EPA's annual Fuel Economy Trends report released on Wednesday.

Mazda's 28.1 mpg average was followed by Honda at 27.4 mpg, Subaru at 26.7 mpg and Nissan at 26.2 mpg.

Nissan's 2013 models posted the biggest improvement in average fuel economy and tailpipe emissions improvements, the report said.

Chrysler had the lowest fuel economy at 20.9 mpg, followed by GM at 22 mpg.

SUVs "achieved the greatest improvement in all classes of new personal vehicles," the report said.

The average fuel economy of cars and light trucks increased to a record 24.1 mpg in the 2013 model year. This represents a 0.5 mpg increase over the previous year and an increase of nearly 5 mpg since 2004.

"Consumers have many more choices when shopping for vehicles with higher fuel economy and lower tailpipe CO2 emissions compared to just five years ago," the EPA said. "These choices reflect both a more diverse range of technology packages on conventional gasoline vehicles as well as more advanced technology and alternative fueled vehicles."

For example, the number of car models that "deliver 40 mpg or more have increased from three to 26," the report noted.

Several of those cars are hybrid, electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

"We are thrilled to see that manufacturers continue to innovate and are bringing technologies to improve fuel economy online even faster than anticipated," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, in a statement.

The EPA says the most fuel-efficient 2014 models include the Chevrolet Spark EV, Honda Fit EV and Fiat 500e.

Critics said automakers turned in a "flat-line performance" in the latest EPA fuel-economy report.

"It is 2014," said Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Campaign, in a statement. "Automakers should be embarrassed to put in such an appalling, flat-line performance, especially on the president's signature environmental achievement."

Edmunds says: The EPA predicts that most automakers will improve in 2014, which is good news for car shoppers who have better fuel economy at the top of their wish lists.

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