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Economy Cars to Avoid that are Actually Gas Guzzlers

Looking to buy a smaller economy car or truck to save money on fuel? Before buying one, check out this list of economy cars you should avoid because it turns out that they are actually gas guzzlers according to this automotive expert.


Small Cars, Trucks and SUVs to Avoid

One of the promises of buying a smaller economy model of a car or truck is the expectation that it will get better gas mileage and save you money. However, according to a recent Car Wizard YouTube channel episode, in reality this is not always the case. Even…even with some hybrids---believe it or not.

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Here is his latest “Buy This, Not That” series covering cars and the gas milage you can expect, with some models that you may have thought would be true economy cars in every sense of the word but turn out to be hidden gas guzzlers.

Cars, Trucks and SUV Gas Guzzlers to Avoid

For a quick look at models to avoid, here is a summary of economy vehicles found to be gas guzzlers listed in the video. For more details on what makes each vehicle so undesirable and some recommended better options, you can find additional information in the video posted at the end of the article.

2004-20012 Mazda RX-8: 16 City / 23 Highway

2004-2005 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor: 17 City / 23 Highway

1999-2012 Ford Ranger: 18 City / 23 Highway

2007-2011 Jeep Wrangler: 15 City / 19 Highway

1998-2011 Volkswagen Beetle: 20 City / 29 Highway

2008-2013 Tahoe, Yukon, and Escalade Hybrids: 20 City / 22 Highway

The CAR WIZARD shares which 'So Called Economic' cars that are hidden gas guzzlers to NEVER buy

And finally…

For additional articles about vehicles and fuel economy, here are three selected articles for your consideration:

New Vehicles That Cost the Most to Fuel and Used Vehicles That are the Most Fuel Efficient

10 Best SUVs and Minivans for Long Road Trip Fuel Economy

Consumer Reports Analysts Find That Bicycles Can Significantly Affect Your Car’s Gas Mileage

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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.

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