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20 Worst Cars By Gas Mileage

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Everyone wants a vehicle that gets them around in style and comfort. They preferably would want that vehicle to be a luxury ride if they can afford it. They also want to have a car, SUV or truck that gets great gas mileage. After all, no one wants to spend up all of their money trying to drive from point A to point B. Thankfully, most auto engineers understand this point and now make cars that get great gas mileage. However, there are plenty of vehicles on the road that are lousy gas guzzlers. You might be surprised to know that most gas wasting vehicles are luxury or high-priced vehicles. That’s right, the more expensive a car is, the less fuel-efficient it tends to be. This fact will be clearly illustrated in the following list that describes the 20 worst cars by gas mileage. Keep in mind that this list is not in any particular order.

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2017 Nissan Murano FWD (21/28 MPG)

This vehicle is a mid-sized crossover that has 5-doors. It has been in production since 2003 and is a fairly popular automobile that appears on the road. This is the first Nissan crossover vehicle that has been designed for the U.S. However, the engineers did not make this vehicle to go very fast.The unit has a combined MPG rating of 24. It can get 21 miles in the city and 28 miles on the highway. Murano owners can expect to spend $750 more annually on fuel cost when compared to other 2017 vehicle brands. Annual fuel cost is $1,500, the average cost to fill up the 19-gallon tank is between $45 and $60. These costs are estimates and will vary by current gas prices that are available to Murano owners within their area.

The Murano is priced at about $30,000 brand new. This isn’t cheap by any standard but it is not a luxury vehicle either. The Murano is just a stylish crossover that allows people to look good while they travel around town. Owners can expect to payout more money on gas while they show off this semi-luxury vehicle. By the way, this vehicle has also received high safety standards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and NHSTA. Apparently, the Murano is an extremely collision-proof vehicle. Especially, if someone gets hit from the side.

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Ford Mustang (13/27 MPG)

Many people are familiar with the Ford Mustang. This vehicle is another semi-luxury vehicle that has a price tag of about $25,000. Mustangs are designed more for style and machismo. This is definitely a dude’s car but some women love driving it too.

The Mustang has a MPG rating of 19. It is able to get 13 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. While this is really not an impressive fuel usage rating for a vehicle, the Ford Mustang is a fairly dependable ride. Mustang engines have been redesigned in 2017. They are no longer the V6 type. Instead they have been upgraded to a V8 format so that owners can have more power and better fuel economy.

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Chevrolet SS (12/22 MPG)

The Chevrolet SS is also known as the VF Commodore. This is a $47,000 vehicle that is capable of getting 12 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway. It has a combined MPG rating of 17. This is a 4-door sports sedan that is considered a semi-luxury vehicle.

The Chevrolet SS is the type of car that a person drives just to show they can afford a late-model car. It is not a highly sought after or popular vehicle within the market. However, it does have enough style, lots of space, sophistication and class to be adored by the upper-middle class crowd. This vehicle is a great auto for a Sunday drive or attend upscale social events or the mall. Just as a side note, the Chevrolet SS is scheduled to be taken out of production sometime before 2020.

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class (12/28 MPG)

All Mercedes are finely built and highly stylized vehicles. The name Mercedes is associated with wealth and prestige. If a person is driving a Benz, then they have arrived. The Mercedes is truly one of the best rated luxury vehicles of all time. Even though this is the case, a Benz has a lousy fuel rating.
Mercedes owners will get an average 18 combined miles for their MPG rating. This vehicle will get 12 miles in the city and 28 on the highway. That really sucks. However, this is typically how most luxury vehicles are built.

Keep in mind that the Mercedes-Benz was made for luxury, style and as a status symbol. Saving on fuel cost is not the goal of driving this vehicle. Besides, if a person can afford to drive a Mercedes they should be able to afford the fuel they need to get around. That’s how Mercedes manufacturers see this vehicle in terms of fuel cost. The price for C-class vehicles is between $34,000 and $60,000.

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Nissan Armada (10/20 MPG)

Nissan’s SUV the Armada, is a popular full-sized vehicle. It is frequently seen out on the road in 2017. This particular SUV model has lots of interior space and a snazzy look. It is priced around $45,000 and is capable of towing 4.5 tons of machinery.The Armada is strong and looks decent on the outside. However, this vehicle is not something a person would buy if they are trying to save money on fuel. This vehicle gets a meager 10 miles in the city and 20 on the highway. It has a combined MPG rating of 14. While this SUV has its perks, a person must make enough money to constantly add fuel to the tank. Otherwise they are going to be driving this vehicle once a week and only for short trips around the block.

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Toyota Land Cruiser (13/18 MPG)

Toyota’s flagship SUV is their Land Cruiser. This particular vehicle has a hefty price tag of $84,775. While it is expensive, this vehicle doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to saving on fuel. The Land Cruiser is capable of getting 13 miles in the city and 18 on the highway. It has a combined MPG rating of 14. This is not the type of vehicle you take on extended family trips unless you have money to burn for gas. Even though the Land Cruiser is not the best vehicle for fuel savings, it can tow slightly over 4 tons. This SUV is also suited for off-road driving which is a plus for people who like doing things in the rugged country side.

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Dodge Caravan (11/27 MPG)

The Dodge Caravan is not a sporty vehicle, it is not a speed machine and it is definitely not a luxurious model by any standards. A caravan is designed for one thing only and that is transport a fairly large family around. This vehicle also works well as a hauler since it can be loaded with lots of large items such as mattresses, dressers and even cabinets.
This vehicle only gets 11 miles in the city and 27 on the highway. It has a combined MPG rating of 17. While soccer parents will enjoy the extra space that this vehicle provides; they probably will not like paying out the extra money in gas. Thankfully, a new 2017 Caravan is priced at about $25,000. This will help them to save some money so it can be used for purchasing fuel.

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Ford Expedition (10/19 MPG)

The Expedition is a full-sized SUV that is manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. This vehicle can get 19 miles on the highway, 10 miles in the city and has a combined MPG of 14. I hate to say it, but an Expedition sucks at fuel economy.

Yes, the Ford Expedition is a very big vehicle that will protect drivers in collisions. It can even tow large-sized such as boats. However, this SUV is just not very fuel friendly. The Expedition is the type of vehicle that has a lot of power, space and strength but it constantly needs to be refueled to work properly. People who are interested in this model can expect to pat at least $47,000 to get it.

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GMC Savanna (11/17 MPG)

The GMC Savanna is not a well-known car in the market. If you ask most people what does a GMC Savanna look like, they probably could not tell you. The Savanna is a $32,000 cargo van. Supposedly a high-end van – if there really is such a thing.

The main purpose of a Savanna is to haul and transport things. It is designed for work related projects. So, this type of vehicle is best suited for companies where people have to transport equipment around to complete jobs.
The Savanna gets 11 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. It has a combined fuel rating of 19. This is not the type of vehicle that you just travel around in for fun. With a fuel rating like this, the best thing that a person can do with the Savanna is to keep working so they can keep the tank filled.

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Chevrolet Express (11/17 MPG)

The Chevrolet Express is another cargo van that is designed for work purposes. This type of vehicle has an identical design to the GMC Savanna. It also has the same terrible fuel economy rating. It is priced at about $30,000 and it can get 11 mpg in the city and 17 on the highway. Its 19-mpg combined fuel rating is also rather bleak. Once again, a person only gets this type of vehicle for work related purposes.

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Mercedes-Benz AMG (11/13 MPG)

The AMG by Mercedes is a superior driving machine. This vehicle is a race car for the average person. However, you just won’t see too many people riding around in one because they are priced at $218,000. Some AMG’s go as high as $1 million.

This type of car was designed for speed and luxury. Most people who own an AMG drive it on special track that they can afford. The vehicle is truly an automotive masterpiece but it does have its low points.The fuel rating for the AMG is beyond dismal. This car only gets 11 mpg in the city and 13 on the highway. It has a combined rating of 14. This car seriously sacrifices fuel economy for luxury. Once again, if a person can afford to spend $200,000 on a vehicle they should be able to keep its inefficient fuel tank full.

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Bugatti Veyron (10/15 MPG)

The Bugatti Veyron is the most talked about vehicle in modern times. It is constantly referenced by many rappers in their songs and it is driven by elite members of society. The Bugatti is a racing car for the street. It can reach speeds of nearly 260 mph.

The average person really can’t handle that type of speed on public streets or the highway. However, that does not matter because if you are driving around in a car like this you can just cruise in it without going over 60.
While the Veyron is the reigning king of the road, its fuel economy is for chumps. This vehicle makes such a big sacrifice in fuel economy for luxury and speed that it is almost insane to drive it. It only gets 10 mpg in the city and 15 on the highway. It has a 24.6-gallon tank and a combine fuel rating of 14. At a price tag of 2.5 million dollars this car doesn’t have to worry about little things such as fuel economy.

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2017 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster LP740-4 (10/16 MPG)

Lamborghinis are another type of luxury vehicle that has terrible fuel economy. Lamborghinis are extremely fast and agile but their fuel economy rating is sub par. The Aventador Roadster is a 2017 Lamborghini model that only gets 10 in the city and 16 on the highway. It has paltry combined MPG rating of 12. This million-dollar machine is a motorist’s dream come true. Whoever owns one will definitely have to payout thousands and thousands of dollars in gas each year just to ride it around.

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2017 Ferrari F12 (11/15 MPG)

Any person that is able to drive around in a 2017 Ferrari F12 should not be worried about fuel economy. I hate to say it, but this is a rare car that very few people get to sit in at all. People who can afford it can definitely sacrifice the vehicle’s messed up fuel economy for luxury and style.

The 2017 Ferrari F12 costs about $300,000. It has a fuel economy of 11 city miles, 15 highway miles and a combined MPG of 12. This car is not the type of vehicle you drive around on a daily basis. So, fuel economy is not an issue for owners. Still, this car will set a person back by at least $12,000 in gasoline prices if they did decide to ride around in it every day.

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2017 Bentley Continental GT Convertible (12/20 MPG)

A Bentley is a sophisticated automobile for the older, settled and more distinguished crowd. This is prime luxurious vehicle with a hefty price tag between $200,000 and $300,000. This car is very classy and sophisticated. Too bad the fuel economy on this vehicle does not match its outer appearance and style.It has a 24-gallon tank that cost about $70 to fill up. It only gets 12 mpg in the city and 20 on the highway. The combined MPG rating is 15. This vehicle can travel up to 360 miles on a tank of gas.

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Lamborghini Veneno Roadster (13/20 MPG)

This is another Lamborghini model that is a poor performer in the fuel economy department. This multi-million-dollar vehicle only gets 13 mpg in the city and about 22 on the highway. Its combined MPG is 20. Extremely nice car but bad fuel saver.

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Pagani Huayra Coupe (13/17 MPG)

Very few people have heard of a Pagani Huayra Coupe. This is a luxury vehicle that is priced in the million-dollar range. This car sacrifices its fuel economy for the necessary luxury of speed. It can get 13 mpg in the city and 17 on the highway. Combined MPG rating is 15.

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Mitsubishi Lancer ES (17/34 MPG)

Mitsubishi Lancer ES is a pretty low functioning vehicle in terms of fuel rating. It gets 17 mpg in the city, 34 on the highway and 25 combined MPG. This small compact car guzzles a lot gas when compared to other compacts in its class.

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Infiniti QX50 (17/24 MPG)

The Infiniti QX50 is a small station-wagon type of vehicle. It is a stylish car that cost about $37,000. However, it only gets 20 miles per gallon. This unit gets 17 in the city and 24 on the highway. This is not a good fuel saving vehicle even though it is very fashionable to drive. This is a transport vehicle that is used by upper class women who have to shop and run errands.

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Kia Sedona SXL (17/22 MPG)

Big, roomy, great appearance and a messed-up fuel rating are the adjectives that can be used to describe the Kia Sedona SXL. This minivan has the worst fuel economy for the minivan category. It can only get 19 miles per gallon. It gets 17 in the city and 22 on the highway. The Sedona is priced at about $40,000. This minivan’s poor fuel economy will ultimately cost owners more money in the long run.

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Written by Camille Moore

Camille has a master's degree from Saint Joseph University's Writing Studies program. Her writing has been published on several websites, and she enjoys writing articles and short stories in her spare time. You can follow Camille on Twitter @CamealAshley.