Least Fuel Efficient 2012 Models

EPA list does not include pickup trucks or SUVs.

While many of us want to drive cars that get at least 30 mpg, there is a segment of the populace that gives little thought to what they pay at the service station pump. The EPA has released its list of the least fuel efficient cars of 2012, models that across the board are owned by high-wealth or at least prosperous individuals.

If there is a case to be made to hammer the 1%, then the EPA list does just that.

Seriously, the EPA “least fuel efficient” list is probably one of the worst examples of making something out of nothing. Except for a pair of station wagons from Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz, each of the vehicles featured are low-production models with at least 12 cylinders, typically not your everyday conveyance.

Topping — or bottoming the list depending on how you look at it — is the Bugatti Veyron, a $2 million model powered by an 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine. Paired with a seven-speed shiftable automatic this model gets a combined 10 mpg. We did say that the this quad-turbo sports car bangs out 1,200 horsepower, didn’t we?

The Maybach line is up next, a Daimler brand that is being discontinued for 2013 reports Newsday. Maybach is led by the top-of-the-line Landalet, a $1.4 million convertible powered by a 5.5-liter, 12 cylinder engine. That same engine is available across the Maybach line, enabling the “57 and “62” to match the Landaulet’s 12 mpg. Notably, that same engine found in the Mercedes-Benz CL600 an CL65 AMG puts up a combined 14 mpg.

Ferrari, Rolls-Royce and Bentley are also chart toppers, achieving 13, 14 and 14 mpg respectively. Of note, the Ferrari FF with start-stop can’t beat its nonstart-stop FF version in fuel economy. These models offer some relief on the highway, getting 17 mpg assuming that you’re keeping your speed down, an unlikely prospect for driver’s of this Italian masterpiece.

The two station wagons to make the list include the Cadillac CTS wagon, powered by a Corvette 6.2-liter eight cylinder engine. Paired with a shiftable 6-speed automatic transmission, this model gets 14 mpg combined. With a sticker price of under $50,000, it is also the “cheapest” fuel pig on the market.

The model that gets the best fuel economy of the lot is the M-B E63 AMG wagon. This vehicle gets 15 mpg city, 23 mpg highway for a combined 18 mpg. Yes, there are many other vehicles including pickup trucks and SUVs that do get worse gas mileage, but then again this list is for cars only.

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Source: Environmental Protection Agency