Hyundai is the leader in fleet average mpg thank to vehicle like the Sonata

Marginal new car efficiency improvement saving MILLION$

Of the 12.778 million light vehicles sold in the U.S. last year, a modest fleet-wide efficiency improvement of one half mile per gallon totaled a savings of $722 million at the gas pump. It also reduced the U.S. millions of barrels a day consumption habit by 214 million gallons of petrol, according to analysts at TrueCar.com. Divided among those cars and light trucks that’s roughly $60 each.

That’s with a national average mileage of 22.7 mpg. If the average car sold gets 37 mpg by 2025, as required by CAFE proposals, the difference becomes significant.

Predictably Hyundai is ahead of pack simply because they sell no low-mileage trucks or SUVs. Even the Santa Fe crossover vehicle gets a better than national average 28 mpg, making the average mileage of all Hyundai vehicles sold in America 26.6 mpg.

Honda, who also eschews large trucks and SUVs, came in second with a fleet average of 24.2 mpg. Toyota, the world leader in the sales of hybrid vehicles, also builds full size trucks and SUVs, which lessens their overall average to 23.6 mpg.

Of Detroit’s Big Three, Ford is the one showing marked progress, improving their overall average by one mile per gallon over last year to 21.4 mpg. They have scooted up close to Hyundai in the midsize segment trailing the Korean manufacturer by a scant .3 mpg.

"It may seem insignificant, but an increase of a half a mile per gallon in fuel economy translates to a reduction in fuel consumption of 214 million gallons," said Jesse Toprak, vice president of industry trends and insights at the Santa Monica-based consumer information company TrueCar.com.

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