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Top 10 Gas Guzzling Wagons

#10 2013 Toyota Matrix

The standard features of the Toyota Matrix S include 2.4L I-4 158hp engine, 4-speed automatic transmission, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 16" steel wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, and an all-wheel drive.

Station wagons are designed to drive, handle and ride like cars, and that’s why they’re appealing to a lot of families. Not everyone wants the top down perspective provided by sport utility vehicles and crossovers; some people just want a car that happens to be bigger, and station wagons perfectly fit that description. Of course, the rise of high end station wagons, with sport utility inspired styling and features, means that fuel efficiency is going to take a hit. Take a look at the list of the top 10 gas guzzling wagons to see why these family vehicles take such a hit on fuel economy for the sake of providing a more satisfying drive.

It must be said that not all low gas mileage wagons get that way because they have especially powerful engines or other desirable features. Some of them just weren’t designed to be efficient. A vehicle that’s basically a car, except with a whole extra section of cabin hanging off the back, is naturally going to suffer a bit with aerodynamics, weight distribution, and other essential feats of engineering that determine whether a vehicle will be a success or a failure when it comes to efficiency. So, while some of the low MPG wagons on the market are straight up workhorses, capable of achieving high speeds and carrying lots of cargo, others are just what they look like – bigger cars. If you’re in the market for a station wagon, you’ve probably already conceded that unless you find a good hybrid model, you’re probably going to be spending a lot on fuel over the years that you own it. But there’s a difference among the low fuel economy wagons, and that’s whether the tradeoff in gas consumption is worth it. Take your time and do your research on these gas guzzler wagons before signing on the dotted line.