EPA Ratings Changed to Better Reflect Real-World Fuel Consumption
by KBB.com Editors | April 21, 2009 9:20 AM
If you compare 2007 and 2008 EPA fuel economy estimates you may have noticed that the figures are decreasing - some up to 30 percent. But cars aren't suddenly guzzling more fuel; the government is just getting smarter with its estimates. For the 2008 model year, the EPA has revamped its procedures to take into account higher speeds and air conditioner usage, producing figures more in line with real-world gas mileage. The EPA's tests, however, can't simulate individual driver habits, so your mileage may still vary. For more information on the EPA's new ratings, you can visit its website at www.fueleconomy.org.