Improved fuel efficiency for vehicles on U.S. roads appears to be a consistent trend, with March being no exception, but there is a long way to go.
Find out how 2013 fuel economy compares to 2007 figures.
If you’re used to driving around in a Prius then average miles per gallon of 24.6 will sound a little poor in comparison.
But that’s the average economy of all cars, light trucks, minivans and SUVs purchased in the U.S. in March–and it’s an all-time high.
24.6 mpg is 0.2 mpg higher than January and February’s revised figures, both the previous record holders. Rising average fuel economy is a consistent trend at the moment, with several months last year also setting records.
The most recent figures are 4.5 mpg higher than those of October 2007, the first month that University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) started recording data.
That year’s average was just 20.8 mpg, which rose to 23.5 mpg overall in 2012.