The 5 Hybrids That Make No Sense Whatsoever

We like hybrids: they save gas, they’re safe, they come with reasonable car insurance rates, they help cars last longer, and they’re an all-around good idea. But some are better than others, largely because hybrids are designed less for heavy-duty work and more for stop-start traffic. That fact won’t stop carmakers from shoving the new technology into vehicles that can’t really use it and probably should instead just get cleaner engines. Here are the five worst offenders, some of which are even worse than their gas-slurping cousins, according to the data on Edmunds.com.

Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
Cost: $73,850
Mileage: 20 city/23 highway
Cost of the Gas Equivalent: $63,170
Mileage of the Gas Equivalent: 14 city/18 highway

Of the five worst on this list, the Escalade is not so bad. OK, it’s not great: you’re only getting six more miles per gallon, and five more on the highway. And you’ll be paying $10,000 more for the privilege.

Believe it or not, that’s the lowest premium you’ll pay on this list for a hybrid … and you’ll get the most miles out of your car.

>Chevy Tahoe Hybrid
Cost: $51,665
Mileage: 20 city/23 highway
Cost of the Gas Equivalent: $38,450
Mileage of the Gas Equivalent: 15 city/21 highway

As bad as it may sound to shell out nearly $15,000 more for two extra miles per gallon on the highway, believe it or not, the Tahoe is not so bad. On the other hand, that’s a bit like saying a punch in the face is better than a kick to the groin: sure, technically it’s better, but you’re still paying a fortune for … uh … no savings.

Chevy Silverado Hybrid
Cost: $39,265
Mileage: 20 city/23 highway
Cost of the Gas Equivalent: $21,495
Mileage: 15/city/21 highway

Well, we do have to give Chevy some credit: at least they’re consistent with the gas savings. Unfortunately, they’re also consistent in the premium you’ll pay to say your car runs on batteries: it’ll run you nearly $20,000 extra this time for a pickup that seems environmentally conscious.

GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid 
Cost: $39,635
Mileage: 20 city/23 highway
Cost of the Gas Equivalent: $21,945
Mileage of the Gas Equivalent: 15 city/22 highway

We’ll give GMC this: at least they’re trying. They’re obviously not trying too hard, although the five mile uptick in city driving is a decent improvement. Then again, we really hope nobody is buying a pickup truck if they’re just driving to an office job during rush hour … especially at nearly twice the price!

BMW ActiveHybrid X6
Cost: $88,900
Mileage: 17 city/19 highway
Cost of the Gas Equivalent: $59,300
Mileage of the gas equivalent: 16 city…and 23 highway.

Then there’s this disaster. The X6 is not exactly popular among car reviewers, but the most jolting thing about this crossover SUV is the fact that it has lousy mileage for its class, let alone for a hybrid. In fact, as you might have noticed, you get more bang for your buck by simply using a gas engine and staying away from stop-start traffic. Not to mention that it costs almost $30,000 more. For that, you might as well buy the gas engine and just pick up another gas-powered car for a spare.

Here’s what we’re wondering: nobody over in Germany looked at those numbers and thought releasing this car was a bad idea?

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