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New Cars Have New Gas Mileage Ratings

David Saide, the new car manager at the Toyota dealership in Amarillo David Saide, the new car manager at the Toyota dealership in Amarillo

Those numbers indicating the number of miles you should get out of your new car are now being lowered.

The Environmental Protection Agency is using new testing measures to give you a more realistic idea how many miles per gallon you should get out of your car.  That leaves dealerships with less of a headache, trying to explain to customers that the "actual results may vary."

"It just gives you a little more of a real grasp on how your mileage is going to be," said David Saide, the new car manager at the Toyota dealership in Amarillo.

The EPA will now test cars at faster speeds, crank up the air conditioner, and take into account frequent stops, and cold weather.

"You know some of these are going to show gas mileage some two to three miles different. Some a little bit more depending on what model it is," said Saide.

The new testing ratings only affect the 2008 models, and should be a little lower than the others.

When NewsChannel 10 compared the 2007 and 2008 Toyota Camry, we saw a difference of an average of 3 miles.  Of course, even those results may still vary depending on a variety of conditions.  

The EPA has set up a website to give you an idea of what you can expect from your new car. Just go to www.fueleconomy.gov

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