By on November 5, 2010

With the release of the EPA’s 2011 fuel economy guide comes this list of the EPA’s most fuel-sipping-est vehicles on the US market (EVs and plug-in hybrids excluded). For a list of the ten least-efficient vehicles on the market today, just hit the jump…

Lowest Fuel Economy Models: 2011 Model Year*

Rank Manufacturer/Model MPG


1 Bugatti Veyron 8/15
2 Ford E350 Wagon 10/13
3 Ford E350 Van 10/14
4 Chevrolet K2500 Suburban 4WD

GMC K2500 Yukon XL 4WD

5 Chevrolet C2500 Suburban 2WD

Chevrolet G2500/G3500 Express 2WD Vans

GMC C2500 Yukon XL 2WD

GMC G2500/G3500 Savana 2WD Vans

6 Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG 11/13
7 Ford E350 FFV **

Mercedes-Benz G 550

Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG

8 Chevrolet G3500 Express 2WD Passenger Van

GMC G3500 Savana 2WD Passenger Van

Chevrolet G2500 Express 2WD Passenger Van (6.0 L)

GMC G2500 Savana 2WD Passenger Van (6.0 L)

9 Chevrolet G2500 Express 2WD Passenger Van (6.0 L)

GMC G2500 Savana 2WD Passenger Van (6.0 L)

10 Bentley Continental GTC

Bentley Continental Flying Spur

Rolls-Royce Phantom

Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe


* Starting this model year, the Fuel Economy Guide includes sport-utility vehicles and passenger vans from 8,500 to 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. Pickup trucks and cargo vans above 8,500 pounds gross vehicle weight continue to be excluded from the Fuel Economy Guide.

** The fuel economy of FFVs is determined with the vehicle operating on gasoline.

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22 Comments on “The EPA’s Ten Most (And Least) Efficient 2011 Models...”

  • avatar

    While pedantically accurate, I feel it misrepresents a wee bit…there are a lot of cars that might be better suited for many drivers, such as the new Sonata or Jetta Diesel or Ford Fiesta. Doubly so when purchase price is taken into account.
    Maybe the real coup with hybrids is the similarity between city and hwy mpg. You may not excel all the time, but you’ll be damned consistent! That’s DERP-worthy math.

    • 0 avatar

      It’s not clear that the list is EPA city mpg, but I don’t see how it’s “pedantically accurate”. It doesn’t claim to be a list of “lowest TCO” or “lowest fuel usage in certain situations”, it’s simply a list of the ten vehicles that score highest and lowest on the EPA city fuel economy test (not combined as I first thought .. guess there’s your misrepresentation).

      The Sonata tested at 22 city/35 hwy/26 combined, the Jetta and Golf TDI tested at 30/42/34, same combined mpg as the manual 31/37/34 CR-Z. I’d rather have 30/42 than 31/37, but that’s the way the list is made.

    • 0 avatar

      First, it never said “city” (at least this morning when it was posted).
      Second, I said “pedantically” because I can’t imagine anyone buying a vehicle solely on city MPG, even though that’s an objective measure. I suppose some people do, but reality is far more blended than that. In other words, some of the vehicles we’re talking about that didn’t make the list would probably be better choices (for most) than the vehicles that did make the list.

    • 0 avatar

      It still doesn’t say city, as far as I can tell – though city economy must be its ranking metric, as the 41/36 ford fusion hybrid is ranked more highly than the 40/43 honda civic hybrid.
      I can’t imagine anyone buying a vehicle solely based on fuel economy, period. I don’t see any reason to call out a fuel economy list for being pedantic .. it is what it is, and nothing more.

      Edit: the categories are hilarious. I know they’re based on interior space, but seriously: DB9 / DBS are minicompacts (eg MINI)? Continential GTC is a subcompact? Phantom Coupe is a compact?

    • 0 avatar

      I can’t imagine anyone buying a car solely on fuel economy either, but it is something that a lot of us consider pretty important, especially if you were around in the 1970s for those gas crunches.

  • avatar

    I guess they haven’t tested the Camry Hybrid yet?  Or a VW TDI?

    The mileage on the HS250h and CR-Z is dreadful for a small/very small hybrid.

  • avatar

    Where are the VW diesels?

    Ooops just notices it is a 2011 list. Isn’t it a bit early since most models aren’t tested yet?

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    I dunno; the list is organized by city mpg, and something like 3/4s of the US population lives in urbanized areas.

    I was amused to see a VW TDI ad pop up, even though they’re not on the list. I suppose their porkiness outweighs the diesel frugality and torque?

    Notice also the one non-hybrid to make the list.

  • avatar

    You have to hand it to Toyota — the Prius beats everybody else by a lot, even with the exhilarator stuck at full throttle!

  • avatar

    If you look at the full guide, placeholder listings for the Volt and Leaf are there. Apparently the electric consumption is going to be rated in kwh/100 miles. The gas rating is separate for the Volt. They have NA for the numbers until they are available.  The VW Diesels are there as well. Still missing is the Sonata Hybrid which should be showing up any day now.

  • avatar

    Kind of interesting that places 2 and 3 on the “least efficient vehicles” chart are held by Ford’s “Econoline” products.  Whats so economic about being the 2nd/3rd least fuel efficient vehicle for sale in the US for 2011?

  • avatar

    My old Jeep Comanche got the same fuel economy as a Bugatti Veyron. That means I had a vehicle with similar performance numbers as a Bugatti Veyron. How’s that for bragging rights?

  • avatar

    This is interesting, but does anyone know if there’s another testing agency doing a list like this (without making you pay for it)? EPA tests are all well and good for people who only drive automatic, naturally aspirated vehicles (a majority I concede), but for the rest of us this list is just inaccurate.

  • avatar

    I’m never going to drive a Prius – I mean come on – which makes this list all the more frustrating for NYC commuters in light of the following on the PANYNJ website:
    Vehicles that qualify for Green Pass are certified to the California Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) standard and achieve a United State Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) highway fuel economy rating of 45 miles per gallon or more, or are pre-model year 2005 hybrid vehicles which are certified to the California Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) standard and achieve a USEPA highway fuel economy rating of 45 miles per gallon or more.

    Toyota Prius Hybrid, model year 2004 – 2010
    Honda Civic Hybrid, model year 2006 – 2010
    Honda FCX Clarity, model year 2008 – 2010
    Tesla Roadster, model year 2008 – 2010
    Mini Cooper Mini E, model year 2008
    Honda Insight Hybrid (automatic transmission only), model year 2005 – 2006
    Honda Insight Hybrid, model year 2000 – 2004
    Toyota RAV4 EV, model year 2000 – 2003
    Chevrolet S10 Electric, model year 1997 – 1998

    *Please note: 2007-2009 Honda Insights do not meet the eligibility criteria because they are not compliant with the SULEV emission requirements and no other alternate fuel or hybrid vehicles are eligible for the program at this time.
    (Green Pass-eligible vehicle list updated 4/23/2010.)

  • avatar

    51 mpg in a Prius?  The worst I have got in a 2010 Prius is between 55 and 56 mpg (measured per fillup) in normal suburban commuting and running errands last winter with the heater on.

  • avatar

    WTF? Who cares? People who can afford a Veyron are not usually worried about fuel efficiency.

    In fact, looking at the bottom ten on the list, with the exception of the Chevrolet Express/GMC Savanna twins, there’s not a vehicle on it that lists for under $75K. People who can afford to spend $75K on what amounts to a part time vehicle are not going to worry about fuel economy.

  • avatar

    So you can have a sleek-looking Fusion, or the pantyhose egg on wheels Prius. I know which one I’d take if I had to.

  • avatar

    How inconvenient that the Volt isn’t listed.  However it is finally listed, it will be wrong, which bodes poorly for customer satisfaction.

  • avatar

    Why is the EPA still picking on the Bugatti Veyron? It really bothers me that they’re singling out low-volume supercars for stuff like this.

    • 0 avatar

      Please do tell how the EPA is “picking on” the Veyron. They list the top 10 performers in fuel economy, and then list the bottom 10 to provide a contrast. Does the Veyron have the worst economy of any certificated, federalized vehicle sold in the USA? Yes. Voila. It’s just one more of that car’s many singular distinctions.
      The truly sad thing about this list is the belated inclusion of the 8500+ GVWR passenger vehicles. It’s great to know, and long overdue that the EPA acknowledges that people drive Suburbans, and yes, some families own Sprinters and other 2500/3500 (or 250/350, as Ford would have it) vehicles. The sad part is that it’s too late to include the deceased Hummer H2. We will never know just how badly that monster would have scored. I suspect it would have given the Veyron a run for its money.

  • avatar

    I like it. It looks good. A change of any kind was bound to disappoint some people. So long as they get rid of the plasticky insides. But we know that they will never do that.

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