Study shows fuel efficiency in cars will double over next 10 years

Study shows fuel efficiency in cars will double over next 10 years

TYLER (KYTX) - The older your car is, the less fuel-efficient it is. that may not come as a surprise, but a new study by the Consumer Confederation of America shows new cars out-save older cars by 20 percent.

CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey explains what car manufacturers are doing to make gas mileage even better on the cars of the future.

Each year the average family spends about $2700 on gas. Since getting from point A to point B as quickly as possible is a necessity for so many, it's a cost that can't be avoided.

"Typically I try to ride my bike as much as I can. I ride to work and to school," said Jason Gray. He's one of the few people who has options.

"It's easier and I save a lot of gas."

New Numbers from the CFA says, if biking isn't an option, having a new 2014 model car can save you $300 a year in fuel compared to a 2008 model car.

Due to improvements in vehicle manufacturing, the newer the car, the more savings you can expect to see.

"There's tremendous good news out there, from both the fact that consumers are demanding more fuel-efficient vehicles and buying them, but more importantly, car makers are offering them," said Jack Gillis with CFA.

From 2008-2014, car manufacturing improvements boosted mile per gallon average from 21 to nearly 26 miles per gallon. As manufacturing overhauls continue, by 2025, cars will be expected to get 54 mpg.

"What is interesting about this is that the support for these standards cuts across party lines - 76 percent of the republicans, 83 percent of the independents, and 89 percent of the democrats favor the new fuel-efficiency standards," Gillis said.

Gray says, all that sounds good, but if you can't afford a new car you're left out.

"Its' better to keep driving what you have as long as you can."

Some people have voiced concerns, saying new standards could make it hard on manufacturers, but with consumers demanding more efficient cars making those improvements is unavoidable.


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