The EPA wants all carmakers to step up and put their stated MPG claims to the test…in other words more accurate real-world testings that must be verified before they could be printed on auto window stickers and used in various advertising media. The EPA calls it “in-use auditing.”
The EPA announcement came weeks after Ford, Kia and Hyundai had their MPG ratings on several cars and trucks “restated”. Hence, a new broader EPA initiative to place increasing scrutiny on published MPG figures by the big carmakers.
“Some automakers already do this, but we are establishing a regulatory requirement for all automakers,” said Chris Grundler, director of the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality to the Wall Street Journal.
Another major impetus for the move…is the growing frequency of consumer complaints and questions posed to the EPA focusing on what consumers actually observe in their daily MPG experience…versus what a vehicle is rated and displays on its window sticker. Oddly enough…until now, most gas mileage tests are performed directly by the automakers. Only afterwards, the data is given to the EPA so it can be reviewed. The new requirements would make it difficult for MPG lab results to be manipulated by automakers before they are delivered to the EPA.
The good news…that the same data is also publicly published on the EPA’s web site: FuelEconomy.gov .
But the reality is…YOUR mileage will likely still vary because many factors like these can easily impact your actual MGP:
- How & Where You Drive
- Vehicle Condition & Maintenance