Motor Vehicle Fuel Efficiency

At-Risk MPG Standards Could Cost Future Labor Day Travelers

Travelers Benefitting Today From Strong Fuel Economy Standards Will Spend More In The Future If Trump Rolls Them Back

Washington, D.C. – Today’s fuel efficiency standards are saving more than 35 million[1] Americans money at the pump this Labor Day as they hit the roads for the holiday. Consumer Federation of America’s latest research shows that – using today’s gas prices, which are up 13 percent this year – consumers are already saving an average of over $200 a year compared to 2011, the year before the current fuel efficiency standards were put in place.[2]

Unfortunately, the government is currently trying to roll back money saving miles-per-gallon standards, which will only increase costs for holiday travelers in the future.

“This Labor Day, American families are enjoying the safest, most advanced and most fuel efficient new vehicles they’ve ever known, thanks to the current miles-per-gallon standards. It’s insane to backtrack on these immensely popular standards that are saving people money right now,” said Jack Gillis, Executive Director for the Consumer Federation of America and author of The Car Book. “Everyone gets how gas prices work, they go up and they go down, like a roller coaster. People want off the ride. Our nation’s fuel efficiency standards save people money every time they fill up. If the Trump Administration rolls back these standards, and gas prices do what they do best – go up, families will simply end up needlessly paying more at the pump.”

If the nation’s fuel efficiency standards, which car companies, consumer advocates, environmentalists, and unions agreed to, stay in place, consumers buying a new vehicle in 2025 will save an additional $295 a year in gas costs compared to the proposed Trump rollback. With consumers typically keeping their vehicles for 6 years, an American who buys a new vehicle in 2025 will save over $1,750 in gas costs during those first 6 years, compared to buyers of a Trump standard vehicle. As gas prices will inevitably rise, these savings will grow even larger.

“Americans are voting with their pocketbooks by buying today’s fuel efficient vehicles in record numbers,” said Gillis. “We want to see families continue to benefit from standards that are designed to save them money no matter what car they drive, whether it’s a beefy pick-up, a family-sized SUV, or a sporty compact.”

A national survey commissioned by CFA found that increasing federal fuel economy standards for cars and light duty trucks to 42 MPG by 2025 is supported by 79 percent of Americans and opposed by only 18 percent.

Contact: Jack Gillis, 202-939-1018


[1] According to AAA.

[2] Based on driving 14,000 miles a year and gas prices at $2.83 per gallon according to AAA.