The government’s 2010 Fuel Economy guide is out, and here are some not-entirely-random observations:
- Surprisingly, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is not the worst, although at 8 mpg city/14 highway it’s not exactly thrifty. Various stick-shift Lamborghini Murciélagos check in with 8/13, though with the automated manuals they zoom all the way up to 9/14. The 8-mpg buggies are rewarded with the highest gas-guzzler tax: $4200.
- Honda’s Civic GX, designed for compressed natural gas, is rated 24/36, about the same as its gasoline-powered siblings, but the projected annual cost of fuel is around 40 percent less. (The CNG station built by Chesapeake near 49th and Western sells the stuff for $1.23/gge, which is a little on the high side.)
- Several flex-fuel vehicles are rated, and invariably they do worse on E85. (Typical: Chrysler Sebring convertible, 18/26 on gas, 13/19 on E85.) Some of the bigger pickups turn in numbers like 9/12 on E85. Which proves my point: the best place for ethanol is in a glass.
- Worst mileage on an actual hybrid: 17/19, on BMW’s ActiveHybrid X6. (The non-hybrid X6 xDrive35i whoever it was who invented this labeling needs to be put down, and fast manages 15/21.)
- Four-cylinder Jeeps are fairly miserly: the 2WD Compass/Patriot with a stick turns in a respectable 23/29, a hair better than a reputed fuel-sipper like Scion’s current xB. (With 4WD: 23/28.)
- Apparently there’s only one 4WD minivan left: the Toyota Sienna. (16/21, versus 17/23 for the FWD version.)