When it comes to EPA figures, one would think that the majority of people would obtain numbers that are close to the EPA numbers on the window sticker. However, we recently had the debacle with the Ford C-Max and Fusion hybrids. And then there was Hyundai going so far as to have to negate the validity of their Monroney.
Perhaps the testing method should move away from the EPA and into the hands of one single independent test lab. A few expensive Horiba analyzers and a treadmill would seem like a good place to start.
Lauren Fix penned a terrific piece on the subject. Big hat tip to The Car Coach www.thecarcoach.com
EPA + MPG = SOL OEMs EDITION
First it was Hyundai with overstated MPG figures on several of its models, then it was Ford with the Fusion Hybrid. Now, the EPA is investigating even more MPG claims: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130213/OEM11/130219920/epa-looks-to-audit-more-mpg-claims#axzz2KyeV8ZSf