Americans are no longer fond of healthy, gas-guzzling motor cars

More and more customers are expecting big, heavy vehicles like SUVs and fuel-efficient pickups.

Consumer Reports said nearly three-quarters of SUV and pickup owners in the US are interested in buying a more fuel-efficient car.

That’s equivalent to 42% of all car owners in the United States, according to a survey this year.

According to another survey of 1,048 Americans, 88% of them agreed that manufacturers should improve fuel economy for all vehicles. Only 34% said that automakers are interested in reducing fuel costs for customers.

Shannon Baker-Branstetter, Consumer Reports’ director of cars and energy policy, said the existing car technology helped manufacturers create SUVs and pickups with better fuel economy.

A study by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released in March showed that fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards are helping many high-undercarriage cars travel longer distances, with cars it reduces about 125 gallons (473 liters of compartments) annually, although the same mileage remains the same as 10 years ago.

EPA says that since 1999, SUVs have increased fuel economy by 43%, and pickup trucks have saved more than 18% in the same period.

A Consumer Reports survey found that 55% of SUV and pickup owners want to increase fuel economy, while only 30% of small or medium-sized vehicle owners choose to save fuel as a criterion for improvement. good.

The results of the survey are expected to help manufacturers and regulators see how important the fuel economy of SUVs and pickups is in terms of their ability to attract customers, and will not diminish the effect of the effort. limiting emissions.

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