While a Bugatti Veyron has a top speed in excess of 250 MPH, most of the time it is dawdling at 1/4 of that speed.
Its real trump card is acceleration. With a 0-60 time of well under 3 seconds, it can get up to speed from a stoplight in record time.
But many cars on the market today can take well over three times as long as a Veyron to reach cruising speed.
Motor Trend has put together a list of cars they have tested in the last year and how quickly or slowly they accelerate up to 60 MPH from a standstill.
Most drivers will not be thrashing their cars from a standstill to 60; rolling acceleration from 20-40 or 40-60 is a far more useful, real-world, measurement. However, a car that is slow off the line is likely to be slow when it’s moving too.
Driving in a city is one thing, but merging onto the highway is quite another. Make sure you take that into account if you are going to be walking down to the dealer to pick up any of these cars. In fact, walking might be faster than these cars.
Amazingly, four of the 10 cars on this list belong to one of the biggest and best selling manufacturers in America, and one car has three different versions on the list.
8. The Nissan Versa, which is the cheapest car you can buy in America, accelerates how you'd expect: 9.8 seconds to 60 from a dead stop.
7. At 9.9 seconds, Honda's Civic Hybrid takes nearly four seconds longer than its Si sibling to reach 60.
4. It seems the Lexus CT200h's weight has caught up with it. The little hybrid hatchback takes 10.1 seconds to get to 60.
3. Called the Toyota iQ in Europe, the Scion iQ is at home in a city. And that's a good thing, because 60 comes after keeping the right pedal mashed down for 10.8 seconds.
2. When Fiat cut the roof off the 500 to make the 500C, they added weight and blunted performance. The little scamp takes 11.6 seconds to hit the magical 60 MPH.
1. But the slowest car around today has to be the electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV. If the city dwellers that own this car ever have to undertake some heavy acceleration, expect to wait 13.4 seconds to hit the speed limit. And if you want to go 70, you'll need an additional six seconds.
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