2006 Average fuel economy unchanged states EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA) released its 2006 annual report this week and, to no one's surprise, it shows that the average fuel economy of vehicles hasn't changed since last year. Currently 2006 models are averaging 21 miles per gallon.

Reasons include consumer demand for SUV and pickups. Interestingly, passenger vehicles show a drop in average miles per gallon from 25 mpg in 2005 to 24.6 mpg this year. SUVs and trucks, on the other hand, rose slightly with SUV increasing 0.2 mpg while trucks rose 0.1 mpg.

The all-time mpg high was 22.1 mpg back in 1987-1988.

[Source: Associated Press via Washington Post]

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