• Sep 1, 2010

EPA Fuel Economy Sample Grades – Click above to view entire list

Twenty years ago, the federal government made it mandatory for most food products to carry nutrition information based on a 2,000 calorie diet in the 1990 Nutrition Labeling and Information Act. In doing so, the feds simultaneously ensured that graphic designers the world over would run into the headache of squeezing the now-familiar Nutrition Facts chart onto food packages and that the public at large would have at least some clue as to what they were shoving down their pie-hole. Now the EPA and the DOT are in the process of pulling a similar maneuver for vehicle fuel economy.

Needless to say, this has made us a little curious as to how the current fleet of vehicles being sold here in the states would fare in the new rating system. Fortunately, the EPA has answered that very question. Buried deep in the 242-page explanation of the label is a table that breaks down a handful of vehicles by grade. At the very top of the list, earning an A+ are EVs, followed quickly by plug-in hybrids. A little bit lower on the list in the A- category are cars like the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Honda Civic Hybrid and the Toyota Prius.

As you might expect, larger vehicles and those with gargantuan engines fall lower down the grading scale. The lowest example on the list? That would be the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti at a lowly D.



[Source: EPA]


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      d1n20
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Bughatti Veyron must get a "See me after class."
        • 4 Years Ago
        @d1n20
        funniest post ever!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The letter grades are stupid, no other way to put it. Just give me the MPG rating and I'll grade it myself, with whichever vehicle gets my money. In other words, no change necessary from the current system. (Though throw the CO2 output on the current Monroney if you'd like).
      • 4 Years Ago
      So now the EPA is getting into the CO2 scam? CO2 isn't pollution.
      The whole AGW hoax is a based upon people not understanding logarithms.
      http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/03/08/the-logarithmic-effect-of-carbon-dioxide/
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't like the RL, or inane Orly.

        So, I take it you didn't take any math classes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Obfuscate any objective measure and allow lots of pet preference ratings. The CARB fools award "Gold points" for their pet preference of fuel cell cars, even though they emit lots of GHG worst gas, H2O.

      This is practically set up for tax abuse. Why the bureaucrats are ready to pass out A+ grades to their EV that emits more pollution well to wheel than an EREV ICE that emits just as little toxic emissions while being driven as that EV. ZERO emissions and may produce less well to wheel emissions as well.

      But you can bet they will cook up penalty Taxes and Fees... " For Your Own Good" . Because they believe they are superior and you are too stupid to know enough to come in out of the rain.

      My prescription: Cut their budgets by two thirds now that zero emissions are achieved. That would concentrate their minds on really important issues, and not this drivel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone have a link to that table? (I'm not seeing a link in the article afaik)
        • 4 Years Ago
        nevermind it wasn't loading earlier for some reason.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If that's combined mileage then my 4 cyl Ranger just missed a middle B.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I submitted a comment to the EPA that I preferred the numerical window stickers to the letter grade. Looks like their decision was already made. Typical punitive bureaucrats.
        • 4 Years Ago
        agreed

        My opinion is, if they have to come out and explain what it all means, then it's not a good idea. Consumers are wise enough to look at mileage figures and expected yearly fuel cost and make their own decisions. They don't need to carry around a pamphlet to describe how to read the sticker.

        Especially when this lettering system doesn't even really give one much of an idea what the economy of a vehicle is(other than a wide range). But instead, it promotes almost any type of hybrid or EV (by giving them A's) while lumping everything else into wide categories in B and below.

        As I've state dbefore, I'm fine with them adding a letter grade if they wish, but I much prefer the numerical option overall. They can find a smal spot to put the letter grade there, it doesn't need to be the largest thing on the sticker.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice. If my recent cars had this, it would read:

      '08 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon - F
      '10 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR - F
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ignore the tree hugger and enjoy you cars :)

        I know I do.. and trust me when I say my car eats more gas and oil then most full size or super sized pickup trucks :)

        Oh.. and my car can beat any of the cars on that guys list.. even the lotus.. although only in a straight line..

        AMG C63 is my choice of rides (even if my wife refuses to drive in it... damn tree huggers :) )
        • 4 Years Ago
        Middle Way,

        Wow, seriously? Why don't you take your lack-of automotive knowledge and go hug a tree on the way back to Autoblog Green.

        You know, I WAS going to lay out all the performance specs of the cars you named but quickly withdrew from it because of the sheer stupidity in the comparison.
        Especially taking drivetrain, occupancy, maintenance, insurance costs, body style, day-to-day drivability, etc, etc.
        And let's make believe you DIDN'T throw in the mention of an MR-S(as in Toyota MR2) in there. Because that would be a clean sign of how little you know about these cars.
        Btw, I recently worked for Porsche for several years as a salesman and drove the cars on a daily basis, so I know their capabilities far better than you do. Also my best friend owns a 2006 Lotus Elise 111R with several mods. We have raced each other several times. Let's just say the Lancer Evolution is VERY capable out of the box with the right driver.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Middle Way,

        As bad as the Jeep is on fuel mileage, and it IS bad, it looks like a Prius in comparison to the Evo in "real world" driving MPGs.

        That being said, they are two different beasts and possible two of the most fun vehicles you can own under $40k and the MPG rating is the last thing I look at when I purchased them.
        You only have one life to live and it's short, don't let MPG ratings prevent you from enjoying it.

        Can I get a Amen!?
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL.. My Ford Focus (SVT) would have a C or D... 19/23 MGP
        • 4 Years Ago
        Intentionally wasting gas cuz the car is cheap = not amen worthy.

        For near that price, I can think of more than a handful of cars that are pretty damn fast and can still return average mpg over 20..

        If i was gonna live fast and die young i'd get a porsche, lotus, maybe a MR-S with a supercharger kit. All 3 being able to return mid 20's mpg average when you're not standing on the pedal, all 3 being fast and handling like a bat out of hell.

        Gas is only going to get more expensive and harder to drill for. It's nice to live in the present but you also have to look at the future.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I don't see how anyone can drive a wrangler with today's gas prices. That MPG is embarassing."

        That comment doesn't make much sense. I drive a Wrangler and spend less in fuel than your average Civic driver.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What you label a "lowly D" rating is considered the pinnacle of automotive selection to some. For those of us that enjoy our vehicles, here are the grades we want to see.
      http://jalopnik.com/5627744/epa-helps-you-identify-awesome-cars
      • 4 Years Ago
      No Honda Insight?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This A and B ratings sound like cup sizes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Your tax dollars at work! Another building full of people with free lifetime pensions and healthcare - on your dime.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey, what's it like being a witless idiot that attacks any government program, no matter how useful?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Satn....how is this useful? I see no benefit to this for anyone....so I have two vehicles that get a C+??? What does it mean...that they will graduate from Car College and have to work a little harder to get a good job? I don't think I know of anyone, no matter how stupid they are that does not understand what the "miles per gallons" mean.

        I have to agree with TonyInMI that this is another waste of our tax dollars.

        • 4 Years Ago
        This new grading scale is idiotic. How many tons of coal has to be burned in order to charge the A+ electric?

        Just tell me what MPGs the car gets and let me decide whether or not it's good. I don't need the Government to tell me this.
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