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The VW Touareg Hybrid is among several models that may ... The VW Touareg Hybrid is among several models that may take two swipes of the credit card to fill up (VW).
Even at a national average of $3.59 per gallon, the price of gasoline, believe it or not, is still relatively low by world standards. After all, Americans pay more than that for a large latte or even some designer water brands. In the U.K., drivers are paying approximately $8.60 per gallon of regular petrol; more for premium and diesel.

If prices get that high in the U.S., the shock and awe would be enough to get voters of both parties to throw everyone out of the U.S. Congress and White House in the next election.

But there is another kind of shock to many drivers of SUVs--though if the owners were driving the same vehicles back in 2008 when gas prices topped $4.00 per gallon in most parts of the country, they will roll their eyes, and simply say, "Here we go again."

Visa and Mastercard still have a limit of $75 per transaction at many gas stations. That means owners of many gas guzzlers will have to swipe twice in order to fill their tank of their gas gauge is near "E."

The "Cash for Clunkers" government program that gave consumers extra cash incentives to trade older gas thirsty vehicles in for new thriftier cars took a lot of old guzzlers, mostly SUVs, off the road in late 2008. And automakers have noticed a brisk exodus by baby boomers out of Ford Explorers, Chevy Trailblazers and Toyota Sequoias into smaller crossover SUVs, sedans and hatchbacks. Gas guzzlers got such a bad name in the last gas-price hike that General Motors actually closed its Hummer brand, which became the "official car of global warming," in the words of now-retired GM vice chairman Bob Lutz.

Make no mistake, though, there are still some gas thirsty vehicles on dealer lots these days that will still bring a BP or Exxon gas pump to a slamming stop long before the tank is full, forcing the beleaguered driver to run their credit or debit card twice to top off the tank.

You've heard of the double-dip recession? We've found five vehicles that are double-dip (as in two dips of the Visa) rides today. One of them could be the replacement for the Hummer H2, which has gone out of production and served as the environmental lobby's favorite whipping boy.



Model: Chevrolet Avalanche
Price: $36,110
MPG: 15 City/21 Highway
Cost to fill: 31 gallon tank X $3.59= $111.29

You're probably not surprised by the fact that the Chevrolet Avalanche can lead to massive bills at the pump. After all, this big truck features over 300 horsepower, manages only 21 miles per gallon on the highway and features a 31 gallon fuel tank. But people who buy the Avalanche do so because they can tow, haul and tug with the Avalance as well as most vehicles on the market.



Model: Ford Expedition
Price: $36,000
MPG: 14 City/20 Highway
Cost to fill: 28 gallon tank X $3.59 = $100.52

Like the Avalanche, the Expedition is an easy choice for the two fill-up club. This big rig can carry up to eight people, it can tow most any boat and its available four-wheel drive makes this a great choice for those who live in areas that experience inclement weather. Fill up the Expedition's 28 gallon tank and you're looking at one receipt for $75 and another for an extra $25.



Model: Lexus LS 460
Price: $66,230
MPG: 16 City/24 Highway
Cost to fill: 22 gallon tank X $3.79 (premium) = $83.38

Here's the first big surprise. When we think of Lexus, we think of high-class luxury sleds that get better fuel economy than the competition. Customers who purchase the LS tend to strive for a bullet-proof luxury experience with impeccable quality and a coddling ride. But those buyers will likely want to feed their baby with the premium stuff, which can cost $3.79 or more per gallon. It's already way North of that in markets like California. Add the 22 gallon tank to the mix and you're stuck with a second swipe to fill up.



Model: Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
Price: $60,565
MPG: 20 City/24 Highway
Cost to fill: 26.4 gallon tank X $3.59 = $94.78

A hybrid that costs more than $75 to fill up? You better believe it. The Touareg Hybrid boasts a commodious interior and room for all your things, but this massive "ute" also sports a hybrid powertrain that is capable of 20 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. But since the Touareg Hybrid uses the same 26.4 gallon tank as the non-hybrid model, you're still looking at a $94.78 bill when filling up.



Model: Lamborghini Murcielago
Price: $354,000
MPG: 8 City/13 Highway
Cost to fill: 26.8 gallon tank X $3.79 (premium) = $101.57

Now we're talking. If we're going to pay over $100 to fill up, we want to do it while behind the wheel of the Lamborghini Murcielago. This big Italian bull is among the fastest production vehicles on the planet, with a 212 mile per hour top speed and a 0-60 time of three seconds flat. But 631 horsepower can be mighty thirsty, and this baby can manage only hit 13 mpg on the highway. Add a 26.8 gallon tank and the need for premium petrol and you're looking at a pair of lightning-fast swipes to fill up with your credit card. But hey, if you purchased a $354,000 Lamborghini, we're betting that you won't be all that upset with doubling your efforts at the pump.


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      ewaynee
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its your falt that you didnt learn the last time when gas shot up. It baffles me that people continue to buy SUV's and other gas guzzlers. You deserve pain at the pump. I love my Prius. I dont care what gas goes up to, I will be ok! All you jerks that blame Oboma for you stupitidy, I hope gas goes to $5.00 a gallon for all you Oboma haters! Obaoma tried to help you with cash for clunkers, but did Obama haters learn? Not! You better trade your gas guzzler in now before dealers decide the want give you anything for it like they did in the past.
      • 4 Years Ago
      many more will be in the welfare line,because of gas prices. more will die,because people can't buy meds and gas.when is obama going to help the american people,instead of the illegals.. here is a big fact for you americans that support the illegals. we,the taxpayers,spend $338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR FOR ********* A FACT,IF YOU TAKE THE TIME TO FIND OUT
      inarajan71
      • 4 Years Ago
      In the 90's we would rent LeSabre's for vacations. WI to FL, Va to CA. We always got 30 mpg on the trips which were mostly Interstate roads. We own a 2000 LeSabre now and ever since ethanol all of our mileage has dropped 10%. Kill etanol and see your MPG increase. Ethanol, after everything is said and done, like transport in circles and the enormous amount spent in the production, is not cost effective. Plus, it'll be easier to feed the starving people in the world. I keep wondering why the prices quoted by media outlets doesn't give us the real cost per gallon. $3.59? Is it $3.589 rounded up to $3.590, or is it $3.599 rounded down to $3.59? The prices they quote should reflect the actual 3 decimal cost for accuracy, since they are using decimals in the story.
      tommy
      • 4 Years Ago
      hey i have 2004 GMC DIESEL,, IT HAS 232 THOUSAND ON IT AN DTHE COMPUTER IS TELLING ME I AM AVERAGING 17.9,,,NOT GOOD BUT THE WORST IS THE TRUCKER TAX OR OVER THE ROAD TAX WHAT EVER CRAP THEY CALL IT,,,AND IT IS MY PERSONAL CAR,,PLEASE SOME ONE TELL ME WHY I PAY 40 PLUS CENTS MORE THAN REGULAR GAS PLEASE PLEASE I THOUGHT I WAS DOING GOOD BUYING A DIESEL...WELL THINK AGAIN THAK YOU LOBBIEST AND YOU ASS WIPE POLITICIANS TOMMY
      • 7 Months Ago
      I had a 2003 Chevy Avalanche.....never saw 20+ miles a gallon, until a certain trip I took. had to follow my wife from Michigan, to Georgia. She was driving a U-Haul for a friend. Top speed, on that trip, was 65 mph. I averaged 24.5 mpg on the highway. Slowing down does save gas.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree about comments to UK. They may pay more for gas but have them come to the states and pay what college students pay to study here. UK was rioting about i spike from 5,000pounds or whatever to a 4k plus increase. The college i live 10 minutes from... 41,000$ a year for instate students, thats a public school and the one i live 5 minutes from, Yale, i can only imagine...
      nothanksok
      • 4 Years Ago
      Im so sorry I purchased my new 2010 Ford Explorer in July when gass was only $275 GL It now sits in my driveway and I been driving my moms 1998 kia......
      • 4 Years Ago
      I get tired of hearing that the Brits pay more for gas than we do. THEY GET THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE IS INCLUDED IN THE GAS PRICE. Please be honest in your reporting; there is no equal comparison in simply comparing price to price.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Soon we will wish we could buy gas at $3.59
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is just one more AOL silly news item Since new Huffington Post news connection at Aol the news reported is not as good anymore .
      Carl A. Johnson
      • 4 Years Ago
      People that spent $70K or $80K on a Lexus or Mercedes could care less if gas costs $4 a gallon. Hell...... $10 a gallon probably wouldn't phase them the least bit either.
      d0802
      • 4 Years Ago
      what a stupid article (as usual)...telling me that it is going to cost me alot to fill up a Toureg because it has a large gas tank? that's the dumbest thing I've ever heard...fill it halfway, whatever...useless
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