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Updated Automatically on November 21st, 2008
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s most recent annual report on gas mileage trends doesn’t look good. Instead of getting higher gas mileage, the numbers have been declining slowly for years!

According to the report, the gas mileage of “light duty” vehicles (cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks) is actually going down! The EPA report shows that average gas mileage for these vehicles peaked at 22.1 miles per gallon in 1987. In 2005 it’s down to 21.0 miles per gallon. This is in spite of the recent introduction of high gas mileage vehicles like hybrids. Evidently Americans have been choosing to buy and drive cars that are larger, heavier, faster, and more powerful, despite their poor gas mileage.

The EPA report points out that our trend toward lower gas mileage vehicles directly affects U.S. national energy security, air quality, and harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

If you’re looking for a new vehicle, remember to take gas mileage into consideration in your choice. Remember that you probably will get lower real world mileage than the EPA rating though. It’s much easier to plan for good gas mileage up front by selecting a fuel efficient vehicle than it is to try to adapt an inefficient vehicle to try to get good gas mileage.

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Updated Automatically on November 21st, 2008
better gas mileage

5 Responses to “U.S. Gas Mileage Is Getting Worse!”

    I like your blog. It looks like you have the same idea that I do. Perhaps we should work together. Are you doing any other blogs?

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    […] Want a shock? Compare the U.S. average gas mileage today with the mileage of a 1908 Ford Model T! […]

    An item to note is the formula of gasoline…look up the history of ‘white gas’ and then look into the fact that mandated ‘reformulated’ gasoline kills gas mileage by around 15t o 20%…so much for helping the environment…you end up consuming more fuel and killing the ’savings’ the supposed formula provides…oh yeah, and then there is the little problem of cancer…

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