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These Cars Get the Worst ‘Real Life’ Miles Per Gallon

» Posted December 28, 2020Resources | Share This Post

Car buyers take a number of factors into account in deciding which vehicle to purchase, from affordability and reliability to driver assist technology and racing stripes (at least for some of us). 

They also often want to know how frequently they are going to have to be refilling the gas in their new cars. Sadly, miles per gallon statistics offered by manufacturers and dealers often seem to paint a rosier picture than what actually happens when a vehicle leaves the lot and hits the road.

Luckily, the folks at Car and Driver recently set out to gauge cars’ “real” miles per gallon. The auto news outlet recently rolled out its list of vehicles that get the worst MPG on highways.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tests many cars’ miles per gallon using average speeds of 48 miles per hour. Car and Driver uses higher speeds and includes larger trucks and sport utility vehicles that are likely to perform poorly when it comes to guzzling gas. 

“We conduct every test on the same 200-mile out-and-back loop of highway, and at as close to a 75-mph cruise as traffic will allow,” Car and Driver’s Annie White writes. “The results are occasionally surprising but always illuminating.”

This year, a sports car and three sport utility vehicles shared the “prize” for worst fuel mileage. The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and 2018 Lexus LX570 all clocked in at a paltry 17 miles per gallon.

Defects, Safety Risks, Legal Rights

Gas mileage is not the only thing that car owners and lessors need to worry about. 

The sad truth is that millions of new vehicles roll off of assembly lines with serious defects every year. Those issues increase the risk of a crash and pose safety hazards for everyone on the road.

That is where California’s lemon law comes in to provide some important rights for car owners and lessors in the Golden State. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires car manufacturers to perform repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty and to buy back or replace cars that the companies refuse or are unable to fix.

Speak with a California Lemon Law Attorney

If you are a car owner or lessor who has been stuck with a lemon, an experienced California lemon law attorney can help. A lawyer can help you weigh your rights and options to ensure that the carmaker is held fully accountable.

At the Bickel Law Firm, we have represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases in Southern California and across the state. We help the people we represent get the compensation they deserve by holding car makers responsible.

Our offices are conveniently located in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.  Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with a California lemon law attorney today.


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