U.S. vehicle fleet fuel efficiency fell in 2019 to 24.9 mpg, EPA says

WASHINGTON — The U.S. vehicle fleet’s fuel efficiency in the 2019 model year fell to 24.9 mpg as more Americans bought larger SUVs and crossovers instead of cars.

The EPA said Wednesday that the fuel economy of the U.S. fleet fell by 0.2 mpg and most manufacturers are using banked credits to meet current compliance requirements. The EPA said since the 2004 model year, when the vehicle fleet averaged 19.3 mpg, fuel economy and emissions have improved in 12 out of 15 years.

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