One in Three Americans Doubt Fuel Economy Rating Accuracy
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Survey Finds One in Three Americans Doubt Accuracy of Fuel Economy Rating

AAA engineers conducted a comprehensive analysis of 37,000 records submitted to the EPA, representing more than 8,400 vehicle make, model and year combinations, to identify trends in real-world fuel economy.

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A new AAA survey reveals that one-in-three Americans do not believe the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new vehicle window sticker accurately reflects the fuel economy they achieve when driving. To assess the accuracy of this perception, AAA performed an analysis of data collected on the EPA’s FuelEconomy.gov website, along with laboratory and real-world vehicle testing, and found that driver behaviors and environmental conditions, rather than vehicle shortcomings, are likely responsible for most fuel economy variances.

“For years, we’ve heard that drivers question whether the fuel economy rating for their vehicle is accurate,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director, Automotive Engineering and Repair. “In the interest of our members, AAA aimed to address this issue with a multi-phase testing series designed to uncover the real reasons behind fuel economy variations.”

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AAA engineers conducted a comprehensive analysis of 37,000 records submitted to the EPA, representing more than 8,400 vehicle make, model and year combinations, to identify trends in real-world fuel economy. Surprisingly, among the self-reported data, eight out of 10 drivers reported fuel economy that was higher than the combined city and highway EPA mileage rating for their vehicle.

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