Share This Article

UP 3 MPG IN 3 YEARS
Average MPG has climbed 3 in 3 years

This article is from our archives and has not been updated and integrated with our "new" site yet... Even so, it's still awesome - so keep reading!

Published on Sat, Feb 11, 2012

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

2013 VWBeetleTDI

Volkswagen’s new Beetle TDI will keep the MPG average spiraling upward

UP 3 MPG ALREADY ... AND CLIMBING Would you be surprised to hear that the fuel economy of new cars sold in the last three years has jumped by three miles per gallon—a 14 percent increase? While we are impressed, it is not surprising given that we have known for years that auto companies have been capable of hitting higher fuel economy targets with exiting off-the-shelf technology. A new study from the University of Michigan Transport Research Institute shows that the average fuel economy of all 2012 model year light vehicles available on the U.S. market is 21.5 miles per gallon, up from 2008 model year's average of 18.9 miles per gallon.

Toyota Avalon full line

Can the five-feet longer Avalon get better MPG than the Fiat 500?Hybrid Owners of America

You Might Also Like These Articles:

a black BMW parked on the side of the road

Towing (Mis)Adventures

photo of the legendary Ayrton Senna’s 1990 F1 World Championship Mclaren racecar on a race track with a field of yellow flowers.

2022 Velocity Invitational Returns to Laguna Seca

a white 2022 Audi A3, seen from an angle from the front.

2022 Audi A3 Quattro

the podium at the championship

GALLERY: IndyCar Monterey Sunday Sep 11, 2022

Race driver Will Power celebrating on his race car

IndyCar Monterey Sunday Sep 11, 2022