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5 Worst Cars for MPG

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It’s no secret that gas prices are on the rise, and with the cost of fuel constantly increasing, it’s more important than ever to find a car that gets good gas mileage. Not all cars are created equal when it comes to fuel efficiency, however, and some models definitely perform better than others. Here are five of the worst cars for MPG, and why they made the list.

Porsche Cayenne

The first car on our list is the Porsche Cayenne. Even though it’s a luxury SUV, the Cayenne gets terrible gas mileage, averaging just 15 MPG in the city and 21 MPG on the highway. Not only is that really bad for an SUV, but it’s also actually one of the worst MPG ratings for any car on the market.

Part of the reason for the Cayenne’s poor fuel efficiency is its large size and heavy weight, but it also has a powerful engine that sucks down gas quickly. If you’re looking for a luxury SUV that’s more fuel-efficient, try the BMW X5 xDrive40e, which gets 25 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway.

Audi Q7

Next up we have the Audi Q7. Like the Porsche Cayenne, the Q7 is a large SUV with poor fuel economy, averaging just 16 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway.

One of the reasons for its low gas mileage is its 7-speed automatic transmission, which is less fuel-efficient than other types of transmissions. The Q7 also has a V6 engine that guzzles gas, so it’s not exactly the most economical choice if you’re looking for an SUV. A better option might be the Audi Q5, which gets 20 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway.4

BMW 740i

The BMW 740i is a large luxury sedan with a V8 engine, and it gets just 16 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway. That makes it one of the least fuel-efficient cars in its class.

The 740i’s poor fuel economy is due in part to its big engine, but it also has a heavy body that doesn’t help matters. If you’re looking for a more fuel-efficient BMW sedan, try the BMW 530i, which gets 24 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway.

Mercedes-Benz S550e

The Mercedes-Benz S550e is a plug-in hybrid luxury sedan that’s actually pretty fuel-efficient… when it’s running on electric power. When the battery runs out, however, the S550e’s gas mileage drops to a measly 21 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway.

That makes it one of the least fuel-efficient cars on the market, and not a great choice if you’re looking for a hybrid. A better option might be the Toyota Camry Hybrid, which gets 51 MPG in the city and 53 MPG on the highway.

Chevrolet Suburban

Last but not least, we have the Chevrolet Suburban. This large SUV gets just 15 MPG in the city and 21 MPG on the highway, making it one of the least fuel-efficient vehicles on the road.

The Suburban’s poor fuel economy is due to its big size and V8 engine. If you’re looking for a more fuel-efficient SUV, try the Chevrolet Equinox, which gets 28 MPG in the city and 39 MPG on the highway.

With gas prices consistently on the rise, it’s important to choose a car that will save you money at the pump. Unfortunately, not all cars are created equal when it comes to fuel efficiency. These five cars have some of the worst MPG ratings on the market, so if you’re looking to save money on gas, you might want to avoid them. Instead, choose one from our list of efficient and affordable vehicles.

Our Favorite Affordable Efficient Cars

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While a car’s gas per mileage is one of those criteria that people look into before they buy their vehicle, it has been an especially important in this era of green thinking, not to mention those who tend to drive for long distances on a regular basis.

While the prices of gas aren’t skyrocketing at present, its price could still rapidly increase due to different factors. With a car that efficiently uses fuel, you are better prepared. Here are the top cars to buy when it comes to mpg.

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The Pros & Cons of Hybrid and Electric Cars

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There was a time when the only type of fuel for vehicles was gasoline. The advancement in technology gave birth to alternative fuel as well. These alternative include hybrid and electric vehicles. The popularity of these cars is increasing day by day as we are moving towards a more energy-saving world.

A hybrid car is one that uses more than one source of power to move. It can have electric motors along with gasoline engines. As you can easily guess by the name an electric car only uses one or more electric motors to move. Both the types of vehicles i.e. hybrid and electric have their pros and cons which we will discuss below.

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7 Cars with the Lowest Maintenance Costs 2016

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As an auto mechanic, people ask me all the time what they can do to lower maintenance costs on their car. While simple tips like not idling, using the right motor oil, and keeping your tires inflated can make a big difference over time, one of the biggest factors is actually the type of car you buy, to begin with. Choosing the right make and model for your next car could save you thousands of dollars over the next ten years.

For everyone out there who wants to save money on car maintenance, I’ve compiled Terry’s (Me!) list of 7 cars with the Lowest Maintenance Cost in 2016 as this is one of the as compared to others:

1. Toyota Prius

Over the course of 10 years, most cars are going to cost somewhere in the ballpark of $10,000 to maintain. The Toyota Prius cuts that in half, and then some. With 10-year maintenance costs averaging about $4,300, the Toyota Prius is the cheapest car to maintain that I’ve been able to find on the market. And because it’s a hybrid, it’s cheaper to drive, too!

2. Kia Soul

While most of the top 7 low-maintenance cars are Toyota’s, the number 2 comes from Kia. Coming in at $4,700 over 10 years, the Kia Soul is the second cheapest car to maintain. Additionally, the Soul has some of the best safety features on the market. With its distinctive exterior design, the Soul offers lets you drive in style while saving money over time.

3. Toyota Camry

It’s no surprise that the Toyota Camry has been so popular for so long––it’s comfortable and affordable, coming in at about $5,200 in maintenance costs over 10 years. The new 2016 model even has a refined transmission so that its powerful engine drives smoother than ever before. The updated dashboard of the newest model gives you all the modern conveniences you could want, including the touchscreen, virtual buttons, and smooth voice recognition.

4. Honda Fit

Out of all Honda’s models, the Honda Fit is the best if you want to save money on maintenance costs. Over a 10-year period, you’ll probably spend about $5,500. In fact, the Fit is a great choice for saving money overall. While the average car costs over $30,000, Honda’s Fit begins at the low price of $15,425. The Fit also gets great gas mileage and has excellent safety features!

5. Toyota Tacoma

It’s no secret that Toyota’s vehicles are some of the easiest to maintain on the market. Nothing shows that better than the fact that the Tacoma, a truck, makes the list of the 7 least expensive cars to maintain. Over 10 years, you can expect to maintain your Tacoma to cost you about $5,800. Furthermore, the Tacoma is cheaper, to begin with than most trucks, providing excellent value for your money over time as far as it is concerned.

6. Toyota Corolla

Like their Camry, Toyota’s Corolla model is one of the best-selling cars of all time. Its maintenance costs tend to be just a bit more than the Camry, matching the Tacoma’s $5,800 over 10 years to maintain. Even better, the Carolla has some of the best gas mileage on the market. The least efficient Carolla models run about 36 miles per gallon on the highway, and the most efficient run as high as 42 miles per gallon!

7. Nissan Versa

Nissan’s Versa is the seventh least expensive car to maintain. Over 10 years, you can expect to spend about $7,600. Like the Honda Fit, the Versa is a great choice for overall value. Starting $14,230, it’s hard to find a new model that’s less expensive and provides as much value over time. In addition to the low price, the Versa offers comfortable seating and more storage space than most cars as they’re well known.

As an auto-mechanic, I love helping people learn how to save money on repairs by treating their vehicles right. But never forget that the most important piece of cutting maintenance costs is buying the right car, to begin with. Lots of popular brands, like Dodge, Chrysler, Pontiac, and Cadillac, run an average of $10,000-$12,000 in maintenance costs over a 10-year period, no matter how well you treat them––that’s over twice as much as the Toyota Prius!

In fact, the average price of maintenance for many car brands over a 10-year period is almost as expensive as buying some of the cars on this list, to begin with! You’ll be saving yourself money, time, and frustration by thinking about maintenance costs ahead of time.

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