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The Mazda CX-5 is one of the most fuel efficient crossovers in its class.
EPA says average efficiency has increased 22% since 2004

According to the EPA, the fuel efficiency of 2012 model year cars and trucks in the U.S. hit an all-time high. The average for all 2012 model vehicles was 23.6 miles per gallon. The EPA says that overall fuel economy increased by 1.2 mpg compared to fleet wide 2011 economy numbers, making it the second highest gain in fuel efficiency in the last 30 years.
 
The overall fuel efficiency increase was attributed to two factors: an industry-wide move towards “greener” powertrains in vehicles and higher fuel prices which in turn pushed customers towards more efficient vehicles.
 
Mazda was the most fuel-efficient automaker with an average of 27.1 mpg in 2012, up 2.1 mpg compared to the previous year. Honda was second at 26.6mpg, and Toyota was third at 25.6 mpg.
 
Ford was in eighth place with an overall average of 22.8 mpg followed by GM in ninth with 21.7 mpg. Both of those automakers count trucks among their best selling vehicles.
 
Both Kia and Hyundai were left out of the rankings due to investigations over false fuel efficiency claims. Those automakers had to change window stickers to reflect corrected fuel efficiency measurements once the EPA did some snooping following customer complaints of poor fuel economy.
 
Fuel efficiency has increased by 22% since the 2004 model year, and the EPA notes that current trends show that 2013 model year vehicles should boost the average to 24 mpg.

Source: Detroit News



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RE: It's all a game.
By Reclaimer77 on 12/13/2013 5:49:08 PM , Rating: 0
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So long as you end up paying about the same amount I don't mind.


What about farmers and people who need to use heavy duty vehicles?

What about people who choose to drive less efficient vehicles? Oh right, screw them.

Raising the gas tax essentially raises the taxes on ALL Americans. Because everything we buy depends on trucking and shipping.

We have a Government that can't even meet it's Constitutional obligation to pass a working budget. I don't want to hear about any gas tax increases!


RE: It's all a game.
By Jeffk464 on 12/13/2013 6:30:28 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe tax gad and diesel different. Also if you are paying for the diesel as part of your business I'm pretty sure its a tax write off.


RE: It's all a game.
By Jeffk464 on 12/13/2013 6:32:56 PM , Rating: 2
eh, gas


RE: It's all a game.
By FITCamaro on 12/16/2013 8:40:50 AM , Rating: 2
How about the poor then? You know that group liberals love to claim they want to help. The poor often drive vehicles with lower mileage because they're older. A higher tax on gas would hit them the hardest. Same goes with higher electric rates and their homes (typically older or just less energy efficient).

Oh right we're supposed to subsidize getting them brand new cars and give them loans they can't afford to buy homes.


RE: It's all a game.
By syslog2000 on 12/16/2013 9:37:45 AM , Rating: 2
So the liberals manage to increase fuel efficiency substantially (and yes, the credit for this goes to liberals) and you somehow manage to dig at them using pretty much a non sequitur in the context of this article.

Way to pander to your own world view!


RE: It's all a game.
By The Von Matrices on 12/14/2013 3:19:12 AM , Rating: 2
There already is a separate supply of untaxed Diesel for farmers, and the fuel taxes of road Diesel as well as the commercial vehicle registration and licensing fees pay for the roads used by trucking. I see nothing wrong with taxes on trucking and shipping because they eventually get passed onto the consumer. If you buy products that require extensive infrastructure to transport them from far away places, then you should be expect to directly pay for that extra infrastructure usage in the cost of the product, not through indirect taxes that split your costs among everyone.

The fuel tax for non-commercial vehicles is far from perfect, but unfortunately other more fair, more direct methods of taxation like measuring a person's usage of roads through odometer checks and taxing based on distance traveled would be rejected as intrusive by a large number of people.


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