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Top 10 Gas Guzzling Hybrid Cars

#10 2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

The standard features of the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid Base include 3.0L V-6 333HP engine intercooled supercharger, 8-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), navigation system, side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, Climatronic automatic air conditioning, 19" aluminum wheels, cruise control, and an ABS and driveline traction control.

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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.