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10 big-time gas guzzlers for the 1 percent

Big-time gas guzzlers with big price tags
Big-time gas guzzlers with big price tags

If you think Bankrate's list of 10 big-time gas guzzlers is populated with high-ticket European imports, you would be correct. Only two entries are not.

"Gas guzzler" is the better-known name of the progressive tax paid by manufacturers and assessed to passenger cars that get less than 22.5 combined miles per gallon.

For the most part, there are no big surprises here. All of the usual suspects are represented: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce. That a Lexus and a Cadillac managed to elbow their way into this group of gas guzzlers might raise a few eyebrows.

To earn its place among the fuel-consumption notorious, a car must have a combined city and highway fuel-economy estimate of 14 mpg or less. Nearly 20 models qualify, and three or four brands could have easily dominated this list of gas guzzlers. But Bankrate decided to mix it up a bit by including only one model per brand.

In the car's description is its base price before delivery charges or taxes. The estimated mpg is from the Environmental Protection Agency, the manufacturer's website or Edmunds.com.


 

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