Fuel Economy

The current wave of increases in gas prices served as a wake-up call for car buyers and manufacturers alike. According to a 2012 report by Edmunds.com. (a leading online resource for automotive information) the Audi A3 has made bigger strides in fuel economy since 2008 than any other vehicle on the U.S. market. It has increased its fuel economy 38.5 percent, from 21.0 mpg in its 2008 model year, to 29.1 mpg in its 2012 model year. The Chevy Equinox, placed second with a 32 percent growth in fuel economy in the last four years.

Top Ten Vehicles with Biggest Jumps in Fuel Economy — 2008 to 2012


Rank

Make

Model
2012
MPG
2008
MPG
MPG
Improvement
1 Audi A3 29.1 21.0 38.5%
2 Chevrolet Equinox 25.1 19.0 32.0%
3 Kia Sorento 22.2 17.0 30.4%
4 Dodge Challenger 19.5 15.0 30.3%
5 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 23.0 17.9 28.3%
6 Ford Explorer 19.5 15.4 27.0%
7 Hyundai Sonata 27.7 22.0 25.8%
8 Porsche Cayenne 18.3 14.7 24.8%
9 Buick LaCrosse 26.0 20.9 24.1%
10 Volkswagen Passat 27.0 21.8 23.7%
INDUSTRY 24.5 21.0 16.4%

 

According to new car registration data, the public trend of choosing four-cylinder engines and the fuel savings that they bring are apparent. In December 2008 — when gas prices were $1.69 per gallon — four-cylinder engines were found in 36.7 percent of all new cars registered in the U.S. By December 2011 — when gas prices stood at $3.27 — the share of four-cylinders had increased to 44.4 percent.

In this time of soaring gas prices, improved fuel economy is a welcome relief for the average consumer’s gas budget. Based on gas prices calculated at $3.79/gallon, the owner of a 2012 model year vehicle is saving about $400 per year, on average, compared to the owner of a 2008 model year vehicle.

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