For SUV MPG-ratings, how many passengers are in the car?

I'm just curious as I see all of these commercials for "great mileage" on SUV's at around 25 mpg on the highway. How may passengers are we talking? If this is just the driver then I don't see all the hype.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Starting with the 2008 models, the EPA changed the way it calculated the MPG of all cars and trucks. They now have two people in each vehicle and do actual road tests in real driving conditions. That's why all 08 models took a hit on their ratings.

    But, don't go by the highway MPG. That's only under the most ideal situations ... dry, open highway and c/c set at 65. If you can't use the c/c, it drops from 2 to 5 MPG, depending on traffic. And any time you drive on the street, it drops further.

    Even though the EPA ratings are more realistic, the best way to decipher what your overall MPG will be (both city and highway driving) is to take the City MPG and add 3 if you live in a small or medium size town. Or add 1 if you live in a large town or big city. Stop and go traffic kills your mileage. Do that and you'll get the most accurate MPG for the car you're considering.

    Source(s): Me. New car sales manager for over 30 years.
  • 1 decade ago

    Just the driver if that. I believe the EPA estimates are based on dyno readings with some magic formula based on the cars weight and drag coefficient to come up with the final figure.

    Yes, 25 mpg is not that great compared to a sedan. It is still a marked improvement over other SUVs getting in the teens though.

  • 4 years ago

    Look for the smaller crossover type. They will give you moderate passenger and cargo space and decent pickup. The big advantage of the smaller kind with gas prices high is they give good mileage. Pick the brand that you like.

  • 1 decade ago


    Fuel mileage tests are done in a laboratory under controlled conditions. There are no drivers or passengers in any vehicle tested.

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