May US Average MPG for New Vehicles Sold Inches Up To 25.5

While alternative energy fans think of paradigm-changing 40-60 mpg cars – not to mention electrified vehicles – the reality has been average U.S. window sticker mpg scores have incrementally crept up, and they did so again by 0.3 mpg in May.

Compared to April’s 25.2 mpg, the average window-sticker value of new cars, SUVs, vans and pickups sold in May in the U.S. was 25.5 mpg.

“The improvement likely reflects the increased price of gasoline in May,” said Michael Sivak of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Sivak and fellow reseacher Brandon Schoettle reported May as the 16th month in a row that average window sticker values have been above 25 mpg.

Since UMTRI began tracking fuel economy fdate for new vehicles purchased, the average has risen 5.4 mpg.

Further data can be found at UMTRI’s statement issued Wednesday.