Jan 15 2016

These Cars Guzzle Gas

gas pumpIt was only a few years ago that surging gas prices put a hot spotlight on the cars with awful gas mileage. Consumers eagerly traded monster SUVs for sedans with better fuel efficiency, and electric cars quickly became a popular trend. But here at the start of 2016, gas prices have tumbled lower than anything in recent memory, and many car manufacturers are happily designing cars that, while elegant in style and impressive in technology, offer abhorrent gas mileage. If you’re in the market for a new car, keep in mind that these contenders will place a much larger strain on your gasoline budget. To put things into perspective, the average car sold in the U.S can drive about 25 miles on one gallon gasoline. Small sedans usually boast better rates, like 35 mpg, while luxury sedans, vans, and SUVS may struggle to reach 20 mpg. But the Mercedes-Benz G550 and AMG G65 offer only 13.4 and 11.6 miles per gallon respectively, yet they both cost well over $100,000 new! That’s more money than most people see in a year’s time. The G65 was actually designed in 1979 as an off-road vehicle for the military and eventually gained enough mainstream appeal to enter the consumer market, so perhaps that explains its awful fuel efficiency. The G550, on the other hand, is Mercedes’ prized SUV and even received an engine upgrade to reach that 13.4 mark. If you’re in the business of hauling cargo, the GMC Savana and Chevrolet Express are mechanically identical and thus both offer an unappealing 11.9 miles per gallon. They can both haul cargo very efficiently with 270 cubic feet of cargo space and an 8,600 pound limit, but it’s at the expense of your wallet. Unsurprisingly, the luxury car Bugatti Veyron, which holds the title as one of the fastest cars in the world and boasts a 16-cylinder, quad-turbocharged engine with 1,200 horsepower, also lays claim to the worst gas mileage of 10.4 mpg. But for anyone who can afford to pay $2.25 million for this beauty, a few extra dollars at the gas pump probably won’t be noticed!