Why America’s MPG Is A Dumb Unit For Fuel Economy


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Miles Per Gallon (mpg) is a dumb unit we use in the United States.
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In the United States, we measure fuel economy with miles per gallon (mpg), rather than gallons per 100 miles, or liters per 100 kilometers. Using distance per volume of fuel consumed causes a rather weird scenario for comparison purposes however, which is perhaps why the rest of the world does the reverse: volume of fuel consumed per distance driven. Enjoy the video to see how the math causes complications with MPG that don’t exist when using G/100mi or L/100km.

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