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U-Mich study: fuel economy of newly purchased vehicles dropping

GasBuddy Blog -- With gasoline prices declining since peaking in April, Americans are making fuel economy less of a priority, according to a University of Michigan study recently released.

Since the fuel economy of newly purchased vehicles peaked in March, it has slowly been declining. In the U-Michigan report, June's numbers showed another drop from May, declining to 23.6MPG. Even with the drop the numbers remain well above last year's figures, likely as manufacturers make existing engines more fuel efficient. Last year also saw a decline in the index from March through September before jumping to an average of 23.1 MPG in October.

So far in 2012, average fuel economy of newly purchased vehicles has remained between 23.6 MPG and 24.1 MPG...


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2012 7:40:28 AM

fuel mileage still too low. We can do better.
ACES11HIGH
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Gas prices are still ridiculous...
gravityhurts
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:14:47 AM

Again, and again...
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 4:40:23 AM

again?
Ebaz
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 8:40:35 PM

Yep
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 5:35:44 PM

K
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 4:04:35 PM

So.
Cheepo
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 3:05:24 PM

That fuel economy is the same as my old clunker!!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 3:01:56 PM

it's amazing how stupid humans are
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 2:48:26 PM

Old News
GGAlbo
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 2:04:13 PM

Go Blue!
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 1:54:39 PM

Just more evidence that the average person is too selfish to do anything for the good of the country.

Then we wonder why our politicians are such schmucks.
tes283
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 1:26:30 PM

For me it is safety then fuel. I prefer 30+ mpg like 36 mpg
GreenLegend
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 1:06:41 PM

People will buy what THEY want!
Fuel cost is just ONE of the considerations.
If you can afford $100 per week on a Hummer, God bless you.
It is individual CHOICE, not some fat ass bureaucrat's in DC!
19sheldon43
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 1:00:43 PM

Just another worthless study paid for by the government via our taxes
toneOH
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:56:14 PM

ok
Duallyman
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:53:46 PM

Surprise to me that the prices were dropping. Hummm. I wonder where they live.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:52:56 PM

ok
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ok
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:50:15 PM

I buy what I need... then scrimp to cover the gas!
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:49:33 PM

priorities change
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:49:00 PM

sometimes safety trumps gas mileage, if you can afford it go for it .
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Traffic limits gas mileage here.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:47:42 PM

I was just in Europe where I rented a compact diesel vehicle that got an average of 43 mpg (my actual numbers). Why don't we have more of those here?
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:47:01 PM

Customers are buying bigger less fuel efficient vehicles because they think they can afford to.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:45:20 PM

I buy for fuel economy.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:42:58 PM

get the big USA cars back on the road
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:42:51 PM

Not interesting
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all games
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:41:44 PM

Americans short term memory is worthless.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:40:08 PM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:39:04 PM

I'd be willing to be it's not based on the vehicle but the driver itself.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:38:28 PM

I will not change my vehicle decision based on 1 or 2 mpg which it seems is enough for this data to be skewed. give me an extra 10 or 20 mpg and i'll listen.
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They'll be ba-aaack...
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TO PRICEY
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ok
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Old Story
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:33:43 PM

My 2000 Impala gets better millage than my 2012 Impala.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:33:42 PM

With horsepower ranges well over 250 and many over 300 I can see why. I'm a horsepower guy but a Hyundai Sonata over 300hp, I think, is unnecessary today.
Aliphatic
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EPA estimates are exagerated anyway. Measure mpg in the real world of city driving and they are much lower still.
bodu
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:29:31 PM

Still is and always will be consumer driven desires.
As long as the companies can follow it, they won't need !@# bailouts.
RichFWA
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:28:15 PM

think i saw this yesterday...
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Hmmm.
Discovery02
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:26:12 PM

So perhaps, if we turn once again to foreign-made cars, Detroit might start listening again??
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:25:42 PM

Very few if any get the mileage that is posted anyway. It is very little help since it is a controlled test.
pulpwood
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:24:30 PM

people never learn.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:23:32 PM

Not a surprise.
mikesr100
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:23:19 PM

So gas must go up to get mileage up? Sounds like Obummer policy!
fallbaby
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:23:16 PM

okay
bluebird1
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:20:27 PM

Mickealo's got a point - our perspectives are being managed. When will US public learn, usually cars are a long term purchase (4-15 yrs), so you can expect gas to go back up somewhere in that time .... so buy what you need rather than what you want or see yourself driving. I said US public because I believe Cdns have learned their lesson the hard way & with almost $6/gal Cdn gas here recently don't see 'cheap gas' anymore.
Also, some posters missed the point of the article...like mackconsult blaming emissions, mfging short-cuts etc for this. It's not the cars getting less mpg(they're making big strides right now) but rather the cars people are choosing to buy are the gas guzzlers again.
Also some posters need to revise their realities, as 40 mpg hwy cars are quite common (many are in 50 range)...so saying never buy such a car is like saying won't buy anything but a V8 car, as many mid to smaller V6's reach 40 & my 5 yr old SUV rated about that on the hwy. I understand their meaning (will buy mid-efficiency cars) but their targets are 'old school'.
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