The EPA has released its fuel economy numbers for 2005 vehicles (although it appears that the release was delayed until after the energy bill passed, proving that Washington can make a political issue out of simple math). Industry-wide, fuel economy increased 0.2 MPG from last year to 21 MPG. Go team! Oh, but that's still 1.4 MPG less than the peak reached in 1987, a year in which carburetors were still standard equipment on some vehicles and vehicle styling was still inspired more by rectangular masonry objects than small candy confections. Honda topped the rankings with an average of 25.1 MPG, while Toyota came in a distant second 23.5 MPG. Ford had the worst average of any company in the report at 19.5 MPG.



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