While most hybrid cars deliver above-average fuel efficiency, sometimes these stellar figures are relative to the rest of the vehicle's class. In fact, some 2011 hybrid vehicles have difficulty averaging just 20 mpg combined. Keep reading to review a few hybrid cars for the year that deliver the worst gas mileage ratings.
2011 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
21 MPG Combined
In general, car shoppers will find that luxury hybrid car makers are less willing to compromise performance for fuel efficiency. The Mercedes S400 Hybrid is a great example of this, with an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Still, given the vehicle's 295 horsepower and 284 lb-ft. of torque, these fuel figures are actually pretty good. In comparison, standard engine S-Class models earn an estimated 18 mpg combined.
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2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
21 MPG Combined
Given the sheer size of the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid, it should come as no surprise that the vehicle earns just 20 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. However, if you absolutely need a vehicle that seats up to eight passengers, then the Tahoe Hybrid may make sense for you. At best, the standard Tahoe earns 17 mpg combined. As such, if you can afford the hybrid's high price tag (above $51,000), then the additional passenger space and ability to tow a boat or trailer may make the vehicle a good option.
Note: the mechanically identical 2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid and 2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid deliver identical fuel figures as the Tahoe Hybrid.
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2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7
20 MPG Combined
With a price tag that reaches into the six-figure range, the ActiveHybrid 7 is not a hybrid model built for the masses. The vehicle's turbocharged V-8 engine revs with a healthy 440 horsepower and 475 lb-ft. of torque. Given these thirsty engine specs, it's actually quite impressive that the vehicle manages 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Of course, that doesn't diminish the fact that this is an opulent hybrid vehicle designed specifically for those car shoppers who refuse to compromise sport sedan performance and maximum luxury appeal.
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2011 Lexus LS 600h L
20 MPG Combined
The Lexus LS 600h L is a direct competitor to the super luxury BMW ActiveHybrid L. Like its German competitor, the top-of-the-line Lexus hybrid comes with a six-figure price tag. Fuel efficiency is estimated at 19 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. This mileage comes courtesy of a 5.0-liter V-8 that pairs with two electric motors to deliver 389 horsepower. Standard Lexus LS models come with a less powerful engine and deliver 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
Learn more about the 2011 Lexus LS 600h L.
2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6
18 MPG Combined
In the hybrid class, the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 posts some of the most unimpressive fuel figures for the year. This luxury hybrid SUV makes use of a 480-hp powertrain to deliver an estimated 17 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. While nowhere near the fuel figures of the 2011 Toyota Prius, the hybrid X6 does offer a bit of green eco-cool for luxury car shoppers who feel the need to show their support for Mother Nature. Base price for the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 is around $89,000.
Learn more about the 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6.