Is the 54.5 mpg Standard Worth Pursuing?

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USA Today - September 11, 2012

A recent arti­cle by Justin Sul­li­van, USA Today, sup­port­ed the notion of reach­ing the 54.5 mpg goal. Now Jere­my Anwyl, Edmunds.com, gives the oppos­ing view.

Read the entire opin­ion piece by Jere­my Anwyl here.

Out of 333 2012 mod­el year vehi­cles sold in the U.S., 50 of them — includ­ing 18 hybrids, five diesels and four advanced elec­tric-dri­ve cars — can deliv­er an EPA-com­bined 30 miles per gal­lon or bet­ter.

There are plen­ty of effi­cient vehi­cles to choose from, but mil­lions of Amer­i­cans aren’t choos­ing them. Why? Because fuel econ­o­my is direct­ly at odds with oth­er vehi­cle attrib­ut­es such as space, com­fort, per­for­mance and safe­ty. Fuel effi­cien­cy is a great bonus, but not if it means giv­ing up these oth­er fea­tures.

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