New, High Marks for Fuel Efficiency

Cars and small trucks set a new high watermark in 2012 by achieving 23.6 MPG collectively. This was a noticeable jump from the 2011 mark of 22.4 MPG. It’s a 5% increase in a single year.  This has everyone looking towards the 2013 numbers, and the expectation is that the MPG number will be over 24, another record. –

So why are we seeing such good improvements now? After all, from the late 80s, all the way up until about 2004, we saw MPG stagnate and even get worse.

When gas prices spiked in 2004, the impetus was the for automakers to again focus on improved that coveted mile per gallon number as consumers began to look for ways to get more for their money.

To accomplish this feat, more efficient engines, like direct injection, were paired with lighter cars. It used to be, as we created better, more powerful engines, our cars would become heavier, but that’s no longer the case. With car weight relatively unchanged since 2004 to go along with continual performance upgrades, are cars are going further on one gallon of gas.

The feeling is that we can expect to see this recent trend continue in to the future, as administrations have set a goal of 54.5 MPG by 2025 – an impressive goal compared to today’s cars.

New cars may be hitting new highs for fuel efficiency, but we know that not everyone is running out and buying a new car every year. If you haven’t brought your car in for a checkup in a while, there might be things you can do to get back some of the fuel efficiency that is lost with age. Come by Saline Auto in Saline, MI, and we’ll be able to help with fuel efficiency, emissions, and just about any other repair you can think of!