The top selling cars under the microscope - fuel economy

This Olympic season we were all introduced to something new. This year’s Olympic medal table got looked at through many new lenses, including medals per head of population, medals per funding dollar and so on. This got us thinking; perhaps we should take a deeper look at the usual top selling vehicles with a little more depth? With this in mind we decided to take the top 30 selling vehicles and make a list of the 10 least fuel efficient of the bunch.

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The list rules

Using combined litres per 100km (LP 100km), petrol only, figures from https://www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au/ we created the list of the least fuel efficient cars in the top 30 selling vehicles for August of 2012. In the case of a tie (which there was for 10th place) the “urban” fuel consumption is taken into account. Additionally, only the worst offending of each model will be shown. In the table below we also have a column which tells you how many other model variants are above the 10.6 litres per 100km it takes to get into the top ten. Simply put this means, in the case of the Ford Falcon for example, that there are 24 other types of Falcon which have a fuel economy of 10.6 litres per 100km or more.

No.
Vehicle
Pos. in top 30
Worst Offending Model
LP 100km
No. of other models
in the range over
10.6lp 100km
1.
Ford Falcon
19
FG GS, 5.0L 8cyl (S), Auto 6 speed, Utility, 2 seats, 2WD
14.2
24
2.
Nissan Navara
8
D40 Dual Cab 4x4 4.0L 6cyl, Auto 5 speed Utility, 5 seats, 4WD
14
3
3.
Mitsubishi Triton
15
MN GL, 2.4L 4cyl Man 5 speed, Cab-chassis 3 seats, 2WD
13.9
No other petrol models
4.
Holden Colorado
11
RC LX, 3.6L 6cyl Auto 4 speed, Cab-chassis 2 seats, 2WD
13.7
7
5.
Toyota Hilux
1
1 4X4 Single Cab 4.0L 6cyl, Man 5 speed Cab-chassis, 3 seats
13.3
13
6.
Toyota Prado
22
6cyl, Man 6 speed Wagon, 7 seats, 4WD 22 4.0L
13
1
7.
Holden Commodore
5
5 VE SSV Redline 6.0L 8cyl, Auto 6 speed Sedan, 5 seats, 2WD
12.3
5
8.
Holden Captiva
13
CG 7 SX, 3.2L 6cyl Auto 5 speed, Wagon 7 seats, 4WD
11.7
5
9.
Toyota Kluger
23
3.5L 6cyl, Auto 5 speed Wagon, 7 seats, 4WD
11.6
3
10.
Ford Territory
19
10. Ford Territory 19 SZ TX, 4.0L 6cyl Auto 6 speed,Wagon 7 seats, 2WD
10.6
2
No.
1.
Vehicle
Ford Falcon
Pos. in top 30
19
Worst Offending Model
FG GS, 5.0L 8cyl (S), Auto 6 speed, Utility, 2 seats, 2WD
LP 100km
14.2
No. of other models in the range over 10.6lp 100km
24

 

No.
2.
Vehicle
Nissan Navara
Pos. in top 30
8
Worst Offending Model
D40 Dual Cab 4x4 4.0L 6cyl, Auto 5 speed Utility, 5 seats, 4WD
LP 100km
14
No. of other models in the range over 10.6lp 100km
3

 

No.
3.
Vehicle
Mitsubishi Triton
Pos. in top 30
15
Worst Offending Model
MN GL, 2.4L 4cyl Man 5 speed, Cab-chassis 3 seats, 2WD
LP 100km
13.9
No. of other models in the range over 10.6lp 100km
No other petrol models

 

No.
4.
Vehicle
Holden Colorado
Pos. in top 30
11
Worst Offending Model
RC LX, 3.6L 6cyl Auto 4 speed, Cab-chassis 2 seats, 2WD
LP 100km
13.7
No. of other models in the range over 10.6lp 100km
7

 

No.
5.
Vehicle
Toyota Hilux
Pos. in top 30
1
Worst Offending Model
1 4X4 Single Cab 4.0L 6cyl, Man 5 speed Cab-chassis, 3 seats
LP 100km
13.3
No. of other models in the range over 10.6lp 100km
13

 

No.
6.
Vehicle
Toyota Prado
Pos. in top 30
22
Worst Offending Model
6cyl, Man 6 speed Wagon, 7 seats, 4WD 22 4.0L
LP 100km
13
No. of other models in the range over 10.6lp 100km
1

 

No.
7.
Vehicle
Holden Commodore
Pos. in top 30
5
Worst Offending Model
5 VE SSV Redline 6.0L 8cyl, Auto 6 speed Sedan, 5 seats, 2WD
LP 100km
12.3
No. of other models in the range over 10.6lp 100km
5

 

No.
8.
Vehicle
Holden Captiva
Pos. in top 30
13
Worst Offending Model
CG 7 SX, 3.2L 6cyl Auto 5 speed, Wagon 7 seats, 4WD
LP 100km
11.7
No. of other models in the range over 10.6lp 100km
5

 

No.
9.
Vehicle
Toyota Kluger
Pos. in top 30
23
Worst Offending Model
3.5L 6cyl, Auto 5 speed Wagon, 7 seats, 4WD
LP 100km
11.6
No. of other models in the range over 10.6lp 100km
3

 

No.
10.
Vehicle
Ford Territory
Pos. in top 30
19
Worst Offending Model
10. Ford Territory 19 SZ TX, 4.0L 6cyl Auto 6 speed,Wagon 7 seats, 2WD 
LP 100km
10.6
No. of other models in the range over 10.6lp 100km
2

Final thoughts

Ok, so not everyone who buys a Nissan Navara or a Toyota Hilux is buying the least fuel efficient vehicle in the model range. In this respect the research is not perfect. Indeed there are many very fuel efficient versions of the models above, I would even go further and say that massive strides have been made in the past few years. Be this as it may the fact still remains that there are almost 70 model variants with a fuel economy of 10.6 litres per 100km in the top 30 vehicles alone. This figure is likely to change in the coming months and years ahead as demand for the petrol hungry vehicles continues its decline.

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