Mon Dieu! $1.9M Bugatti, $30K Toyota Rank as Least, Most Fuel-Efficient – U.S. News & World Report (blog)

Posted: Saturday, November 08, 2014

Bad news, all you U.S. News-reading Bugatti owners.

The $1.9 million, 253 mph-capable, rapper Ace Hood-toting French supercar is a gas glouton,
ranking as the least fuel-efficient vehicle of 2015, according to fuel economy ratings
released Thursday by the Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency.

The two-seat Bugatti Veyron, the front grill of which resembles Munch’s “The Scream,” is made from ultralight aluminum and
carbon fiber. But with an engine that can blast from 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds, this wheeled rocket gets an average of only 10 mpg – about the same as the U.S. Army’s M35 cargo

Bugatti did not respond to a request for comment.

But its wasn’t the only elite automobile to be swept low. Aston
Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati and Rolls-Royce models all ranked at the bottom of
the list, with mileages ranging from 13 to 15 mpg.

[READ: Hyundai, Kia Face $300 Million Penalty for Systematically Overstating Vehicle Mileage]

And even if the
news won’t send multimillionaires and billionaires rifling through their cars’ hand-sewn seats for loose change, fuel economy regularly ranks as shoppers’
top concern when buying a new car. This week, the EPA and Justice Department
announced record fines and penalties against Hyundai and Kia for overestimating
vehicles’ gas mileage


Car Category Fuel Economy Car
Infiniti QX50 Small Station Wagon 20 Infiniti QX50
Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Midsize Station Wagon 18 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
Bentley Continental GT Convertible Subcompact 15 Bentley Continental GT Convertible
Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Subcompact 15 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible
Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Subcompact 15 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
Chevrolet Camaro Compact 14 Chevrolet Camaro
Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Compact 14 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe
Rolls-Royce Phantom Large 14 Rolls-Royce Phantom
Bentley Mulsanne Midsize 13 Bentley Mulsanne
Ferrari FF Midsize 13 Ferrari FF
Bugatti Veyron Two-Seater 10 Bugatti Veyron

At the other end of the list, old standbys took the top
spots. They were led by the Toyota Prius hybrid, which gets a whopping 50 mpg.


Car Category Fuel Economy
Toyota Prius Hybrid Compact 50
Toyota Prius Hybrid Midsize 50
Toyota Prius v Midsize Station Wagon 42
Ford C-MAX Hybrid Large 40
Honda CR-Z Two-Seater 37
Scion iQ Minicompact 37
Audi A3 Diesel Subcompact 36
Ford Fiesta Subcompact 36
Honda Fit Small Station Wagon 36

The Chevrolet Spark, Volkswagen e-Golf, Fiat 500e, Nissan
Leaf, Smart Fortwo and Kia Soul Electric were the most efficient electric
vehicles, getting from 105 to 119 mpg-equivalent.


Car Category Fuel Economy (MPG-equivalent)
Chevrolet Spark Subcompact 119
VW e-Golf Compact 116
Fiat 500e Minicompact 116
Nissan Leaf Midsize 114
Smart Fortwo Two-Seater 107
Kia Soul Electric Small Station Wagon 105

In the truck and van category, the Lexus NX 300h, a hybrid, ranked as the most
efficient SUV, getting a combined average 33 mpg. The Dodge Ram 1500 ranked
as the most efficient standard pickup at 23 mpg, followed by small pickups the Toyota Tacoma, GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado. All the
pickups on the list were two-wheel drive models. 

The Mazda 5 was the most efficient van, at 24 mpg.


Car Category Fuel Economy
Lexus NX 300h Small SUV 33
Toyota Highlander Hybrid Standard SUV 28
Mazda 5 Minivan 24
Dodge Ram 1500 Standard Pickup Truck 23
Chevrolet Colorado Small Pickup Truck 22
GMC Canyon Small Pickup Truck 22
Toyota Tacoma Small Pickup Truck 22
Ford Transit Passenger Van 16
Chevrolet Express Cargo Van 12
GMC Savana Cargo Van 12

At the rear of the truck pack were the four-wheel drive versions of the Ram and Tacoma, as well as the Toyota Tundra, Nissan Xterra and Mercedes-Benz G63.


Car Category Fuel Economy
Toyota Sienna Minivan 19
Nissan Xterra Small SUV 17
Nissan Frontier 4WD Small Pickup Truck 17
Toyota Tacoma 4WD Small Pickup Truck 17
Dodge Ram 1500 4WD Standard Pickup Truck 15
Toyota Tundra 2WD Standard Pickup Truck 15
Toyota Tundra 4WD Standard Pickup Truck 15
Mercedes Benz G550 Standard SUV 13
Mercedes Benz G63 AMG Standard SUV 13


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