For the first time ever, over 50 percent of the current year’s US vehicles get more than 23 miles per gallon, according to the Consumer Federation of America (CFA).
After categorizing 1,099 2014 passenger vehicle models into 10 different mpg rating categories, CFA concludes that 2014 is a historic year for automakers. Just five years ago only 19 percent of models got 23 mpg.
Additionally, 11.6 percent of get over 30 mpg compared to the 1.3 percent that got over 30 mpg five years go, says CFA’s Jack Gillis, author of The Car Book. For the first time, there are no 2014 models getting below 13 mpg, he says.
CFA selected 23 mpg as a benchmark for this analysis because it is the EPA fuel economy label equivalent to the 30.6 mpg overall corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) requirement for 2014.
Mercedes-Benz’s Smart ForTwo Electric Drive convertible coupe is the greenest vehicle of 2014 while the Ram 2500 truck is the “meanest,” or least environmentally friendly, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) annual vehicle environmental ratings published earlier this year.