ABC chose non-military matters for its lead. The Environmental Protection Agency is about to make its mileage test for automobiles more realistic. The old EPA test envisaged "the driving habits of a 90-year-old librarian," as Dean Reynolds (subscription required) put it, with no air conditioning use, sluggish acceleration and stately cruising speeds. CBS' Sandra Hughes concentrated on the resulting reduction in mileage ratings for hybrids, which use fuel efficiency as their key sales pitch. The new test, however, applies to all models and among non-hybrid cars, contemporary mileage is "quite similar" to that of 20 years ago, Reynolds observed. "That should be the sticker shock."
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