Mon Dieu! $1.9M Bugatti, $30K Toyota Rank as Least, Most Fuel-Efficient – U.S. News & World Report (blog)
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.
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.
THE LEAST EFFICIENT VEHICLES OF 2015:
|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.
THE MOST EFFICIENT:
|Toyota Prius Hybrid||Compact||50|
|Toyota Prius Hybrid||Midsize||50|
|Toyota Prius v||Midsize Station Wagon||42|
|Ford C-MAX Hybrid||Large||40|
|Audi A3 Diesel||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.
THE MOST EFFICIENT ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
|Car||Category||Fuel Economy (MPG-equivalent)|
|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.
THE MOST EFFICIENT TRUCKS AND VANS:
|Lexus NX 300h||Small SUV||33|
|Toyota Highlander Hybrid||Standard SUV||28|
|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.
THE LEAST EFFICIENT TRUCKS AND VANS:
|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|