Fuel economy at yearês lowest point in October
Fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. dropped for the third straight month in October and is now at its lowest point of any month this year. The figures are from the University of Michiganês Transportation Research Institute, which tracks fuel economy month by month.
Average fuel economy of light vehicles bought in October was 25.0 mpg, down 0.2 mpg from September. The reason, its safe to say, is the low price of gas and the resulting increased sales of pickups and SUVs.
Overall, fuel economy is down 0.8 mpg from the peak in August 2014, but up 4.9 mpg from October 2007 the first full month of monitoring by the U. Mich. researchers.Download Bulletin PDF