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No Surprises: Bugatti Veyron Is EPA's Worst Car

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On: Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 4:28PM | By: Chris Weiss

No Surprises: Bugatti Veyron Is EPA's Worst Car

The Environmental Protection Agency has put together its lists of the most and least efficient cars of 2011, a list that has few, if any, surprises. While the top and bottom vehicles aren't that surprising,  there's been at least one shake-up in the numbers.

It should be no surprise that the 2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is the least efficient car in America with an abysmal 8 mpg city and 15 mpg highway. That designation comes even though the Veyron actually added one mpg worth of efficiency on the highway for the 2011 model year. What's more surprising is that the 1,000-hp, 16-cylinder Veyron is a new list-topper. One might have thought it was there all along, but it actually took the retirement of the previous champion to put the Veyron into first. The Lamborghini Murcielago was previously at the bottom of the rung with its 8/13 mpg rating. Lamborghini may be out this year, but the 700-hp Jota promises to put it back on the map in the years to come.

Other vehicles that joined the Veyron at the bottom of the efficiency scale included the Mercedes G55 AMG (11/13 mpg) and Aston models like the DBS and DB9 (11/17). Ultra premiums like the Bentley Continental GTC, Bentley Continental Flying Spur and Rolls Royce Phantom tied with a 11/18 mpg rating.

I'd have loved to see how the 1,200-hp, 267-mph Veyron Super Sport faired, but the EPA's testing was based on the slightly more modest Veyron 16.4.

There were few surprises on the other end of the spectrum, either. The annual favorite Toyota Prius topped the list again, scoring 51 mpg in the city and 48 on the highway. The 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid, 2011 Mercury Milan and the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid each scored a 41/36 mpg, and other top vehicles included the Honda Civic Hybrid and Insight (40/43 mpg), the Honda CR-Z (35/39) and the Ford Fiesta SFE (29/40).

To see more winners and losers by class, take a look at the EPA's best/worst breakdown. Or, find your car on the full 2011 list or at fueleconomy.gov.

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