EPA Mileage Ratings: Results May Vary

Detroit Free Press - July 22, 2012

With EPA rat­ings post­ed on win­dow stick­ers and automak­er web­sites, it is inter­est­ing to note that only about 15 per­cent are ver­i­fied by reg­u­la­tors.

Even then, actu­al results vary from vehi­cle to vehi­cle, mod­el to mod­el and dri­ver to dri­ver. Automak­ers do their own test­ing first.

Up to a 3 per­cent vari­a­tion between man­u­fac­tur­er and the EPA is per­mis­si­ble. After that, penal­ties kick in.

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