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Fuel economy of vehicles sold in 2012 at a record 23.8 mpg, up 1.3 mpg from 2011

GasBuddy Blog -- According to the University of Michigan, it was a bumper year for new car fuel efficiency this year.

The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in December was 23.9 mpg, up 3.8 mpg (or 19%) from the value in October 2007 (the first month that the University of Michigan began monitoring). However, the fuel economy in December was down 0.2 mpg from November, likely reflecting the recent reduction in the price of gasoline. The average fuel economy of all vehicles sold in 2012 was 23.8 mpg, up 1.3 mpg from 2011 and up 2.9 mpg from 2008.

The University of Michigan Eco-Driving Index (EDI)-- an index that estimates the average monthly emissions of greenhouse gases generated by an individual...


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stevewaxy
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:47:06 PM

That's not that grwat
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mcbrownie220
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 10:22:39 PM

should be even better
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If Obama would allow us diesels this would shoot up...
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 4:05:19 AM

ah yea.. the false mpg world... but at least the relative numbers are improving.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 10:49:49 PM

I am not impressed.
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lesndave
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 8:36:22 PM

Not very impressive. The first car I bought in '95, got about 35 mpg on the highway when I bought it. Fourteen years and 200,000 miles later, it was still getting 30-31 mpg.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 3:07:52 PM

up up and away!
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 2:17:29 PM

Old news - unimpressive numbers - and who believes them anyway?
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Vette1967
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:15:34 PM

I am not impressed with 23.9 avg MPG. I can remember decades ago many cars were able to get that kind of mileage out of a gallon of fuel. True, we have different emission standards, fuel mixtures, etc. that cut into that but, somehow I would think we would be able to at least exceed that two fold.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:00:30 PM

OK.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:58:34 AM

Old news.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:57:23 AM

what is special here?
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Keep climbing.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:53:49 AM

my old '62 Valiant used to get 30 mpg hwy back in the early 70's
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:50:01 AM

Both my vehicles are much higher...
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:47:12 AM

Good
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:42:12 AM

On the right track, have to do better.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:38:09 AM

Sounds good but it needs to go higher
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:37:53 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:33:00 AM

Surprised it's not higher.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:30:04 AM

not as good as my 2006 VW TDI Jetta
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:27:25 AM

Wow! My cars average 24.6 and hit 40 straight highway driving. Oh, the newest is a 2000 bifuel Contour. Time to catch up to the past.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:24:45 AM

How nice. Now, is that 23.8 mpg on pure gasoline or on the EPA's mandated 10% (and soon to be 15%) ethanol-laced gasoline? Do you trust the Federal government's "Ethanol Promotion Agency" to give you the straight skinny on this question?
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:24:26 AM

I like seeing the increased fuel economy, but at what additional cost (new car sales price)is this being accomplished? In the end, we're either paying more for the car or more for the gas.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:22:59 AM

Smaller cars always help the increase
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:20:12 AM

With people cramped in like sardines and no baggage, yep, great mileage! That is if a person can stand up when they get to their destination.
If they managed to get off the sidewalk without getting crushed first!
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:18:25 AM

Repeat.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:17:13 AM

always need to go higher
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:16:40 AM

Way to go
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:16:20 AM

will continue in the future
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:15:53 AM

yesterday
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:15:16 AM

YEP
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:13:53 AM

It all depends on how you calculate it...
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:13:20 AM

Except for people that need a certain type of vehicle for work, with the price of gas as high as it is and probably going to go higher, it makes sense that the mpg avergae should go up
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:13:00 AM

yea old
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Old news
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Old news
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:08:03 AM

Makes sense.
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My '98 gets better and is paid for.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:04:25 AM

Great, but we have a ways to go
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Not easy to do and headed in the right direction!
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:00:16 AM

Both of my diesels beat that ..... and they use bio fuels on top of that.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 10:58:46 AM

Good work!
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 10:58:10 AM

Excellent, keep those MPG going up.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 10:58:06 AM

Good... Wonder at what cost with inflation, etc..
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No, vjs3, I'm happy to see all the phony advertising, promotionalism and lies gone. Now someone is forcing some to start telling the truth!
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Consumers buy what they are confident with, better gas mileage is a plus for the car mfg.
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 10:53:57 AM

Surprised mpg is not in the 30's...
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 10:53:09 AM

should be even better
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Old news
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