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Michael Karesh

Actually, I think the 2-3 MPG change will make a difference, and not necessarily a good one in the short term. I know I was shocked when I drove a Dodge Avenger R/T recently and it was rated 16/26. Then I remembered the change...

Most consumers won't be aware of the change. They'll just think the new numbers look really bad.

In the long run, though, I suppose they'll be an improvement if only because they're more realistic.

For those interested in the impact of driving style, my site's real-world fuel economy survey is here:


It includes questions about driving conditions and driving style.



Perhaps you're right that 2-3 mpg will make a difference to some people in the short term, but they will become desensitized to it in a few years. Even so, how many people monitor their fuel economy? TrueDelta contributors who do this are a rare breed. Most people just consider how often they fill up and how much they pay to fill up. I looked through some GM market resarch that supports this phenomena.

As you mention, driving style is the key, the government and people like us need to educate the public more about this. What an easy way to reduce fossil fuel usage and emissions. Proper maintenance is also low hanging fruit.

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