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Top 10 Gas Guzzling Hybrid Cars

2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

The standard features of the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Base include 3.0L I-6 335hp hybrid gas engine intercooled turbo, 8-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), integrated navigation system, side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control.

2015 Audi Q5 hybrid
2015 Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid
2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
2015 Lexus RX 450h
2015 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid
2016 Volvo XC90 Hybrid
2015 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
2015 Lexus LS 600h
2017 Acura NSX

We don’t tend to think of hybrids as being particularly thirsty cars, precisely because they were designed to be the exact opposite. The term “hybrid” is synonymous in the public perception with thrift and, especially, environmental friendliness, and it’s true that most hybrids exemplify this ideal. So you might be surprised that a list of the top 10 gas guzzling hybrid cars even exists.  But of all the hybrid cars on the market, these are simply the ones that least meet the hybrid objective. These relatively low gas mileage hybrid cars won’t help you win any hypermiling awards, but will probably still shame the EPA ratings of most standard gasoline engines. Check out these low MPG hybrid cars to see which models made the list, and perhaps you can even figure out why.

The way to understand how low fuel economy hybrid cars actually exist is by thinking about the development of hybrid vehicles over the last decade or so.  The technology first hit the streets in compact cars designed to appeal to a certain type of consumer – one who was proud, and perhaps even a little smug, about driving an awkward looking, highly noticeable car that was good for the environment. Over time, as the technology proved itself and improved, hybrid engines ended up in all kinds of other vehicles. First, it was more conventional looking small cars and sedans, then eventually larger vehicles such as sport utility vehicles and trucks. Now, hybrid engines just seem normal. So normal, in fact, that we even have hybrid sports cars and luxury vehicles. So in that sense, it’s no wonder that there are actually some gas guzzler hybrid cars available. The important part is, if you’re interested in buying one of the lowest gas mileage hybrid cars, it’s still better for the environment than it would be if it had a traditional gasoline engine.