"WASHINGTON — Automakers achieved an average of 24.7 miles per gallon for vehicles made during the 2016 model year, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The figure, which is the most recent finalized data available, is 0.1 mpg higher than the 2015 model year and a record high, the EPA said. Preliminary fuel economy for the 2017 model year, which will not be finalized until 2019, is projected to be 25.2 mpg.
The findings come as President Donald Trump’s administration is nearing a decision on whether to ease stringent gas mileage rules that could affect models made after 2021; the government’s review is set to conclude by April.
Automakers facing deadlines to produce fleets averaging over 50 miles per gallon by 2025 are hoping for relief from the mandate from a business-friendly administration."