Slowest Cars in the World (as of 2012)

Which came first, the slow car or the slow driver? “She’s a slow one” isn’t exactly a selling point when marketing to new car buyers. Slow cars are on the small side with little horsepower (hp) and lacking the prowess growl of a hot rod.  A selling point for cars these days is saying the car is green or uses alternative power such as with electric and hybrid cars. Hybrid and electric cars abound on this list and while good on gas mileage they are short on speed, but hey, they’ll get you to your destination for a lot less money.

The average person should know the difference between a Ferrari and a Toyota Corolla, but I bet you could stump anyone by saying that a Porsche was on a list of the slowest cars in the world. Well technically its power comes from man and it’s not really a Porsche nor is it technically a car, however it is modeled after the Porsche 911. Talking mainstream car brands here is a list of the top 10 slowest cars sold in the world. A car dealer may shed a tear if it sees their model on this list, however they probably sell more than the Bugatti. You do the math.


1) 2012 Mitsubishi i MiEV  (71.1 mph.)

$33,000. Made in Japan. 66 hp.
Zero to 60 mph in13.4 seconds

Talk about creative ways to reclaim energy, this vehicle has regenerative brakes, which means when decelerating you are charging the battery. This car features rear-wheel drive and a rear motor, Increased cabin space. This little car can sport wood… paneling on the sides, if that’s your thing.


2) 2012 Fiat 500C (75.7 mph.)

$25,950. Made in Italy. 101 hp.
Zero to 60 mph in 11.6 seconds.

A semi-convertible that shakes less than the real convertible style while still feeling the wind in your hair. You can pretend like you are driving a sports car, but the only thing you will be sporting in this car are seven airbags surrounding you if you get a little top heavy tipsy.


3) 2012 Scion iQ (77.1 mph)

$16,050. Made in Japan. 94 hp.
Zero to 60 mph in10.8 seconds

It is currently in vogue to own and drive a high-quality car on the small side. 80 percent of this Scion’s size is interior space. A division of Toyota, the Scion is in line to be a top contender of small (albeit slow) cars.


4) 2011 Lexus CT200h (78.1 mph)

$35,670. Made in USA. 98 hp.
Zero to 60 mph in 10.1 seconds.

“Extremely” good looking for a slow car, the Lexus CT200h is more expensive than cars of equal quality and therefore most appealing to brand shoppers. The Lexus is made out of bamboo charcoal resin. Weight is on the mind when designing a hybrid. The Lexus hollowed out their brake pedal. Maybe they got that idea from backpackers who put holes in their toothbrush handles to create lighter packs?


5) 2012 Toyota Prius v Wagon (78.8 mph)

$31,300. 98 hp. Made in Japan.
Zero to 60 mph in 10.1 seconds.

The Prius has many options to choose from and newly added to the family affair is the v Wagon. It weighs about 300 lbs. more than the original Prius so that may have an impact on fuel economy. It is roomier, but also boxy making it less aerodynamic and therefore placing it on the slowest list. With the lower case “v” it looks as if to say Prius versus Wagon. Call Toyota’s lawyer for the low-down.


6) 2012 Fiat 500 Sport (77.5 mph)

$19,700. Made in Italy. 110 hp.
Zero to 60 mph in 10.1 seconds.

Pronounced “cinquecento” The 500 is cute as a button and about as big as one. There should be a sign saying if you are over 5’9” you are not allowed in this ride. As cute as this princepessa is not only did it score low on speed it also missed the mark on steering, a high shifter and does not measure up to low gas mileage for its size.


7) 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid (80.0 mph)

$24,820. Made in Japan. 110 hp.
Zero to 60 mph in 9.9 seconds.

One of the roomier hybrids on this list, but still not reaching the Prius’ fuel economy status, the Honda Civic is getting high marks in design likeability. Honda Civic is also on the top ten list of most stolen cars (1995 model).


8) 2012 Fiat 500 (77.4 mph)

$18,400, Made in Italy. 101 hp.
Zero to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds.

One of the top Super Bowl XLVI car commercials featured a Fiat 500, specifically the 500 Abarth. What isn’t sexy in Italian? Certainly Fiat’s have a great reputation. Think of the three Fiats on this list as taking it nice and slow. (See #6 on the list).


9) 2012 Nissan Versa SL (80.8 mph)

$16,320. Made in Japan. 110 hp.
Zero – 60 mph in 9.8 seconds.

Nissan markets this car as being the cheapest in America with the most leg room. The Versa is similar to the Fiat 500 market, but here, packaging comes into play.  Do you go for looks over performance or vice versa?


10) 2011 Toyota Corolla LE. Top speed: (80 mph)

$20,769. Made in Japan. 98 hp.
Zero – 60 mph in 9.8 seconds.

A top selling vehicle for a years, the Corolla’s brand seams to sell itself, but the Honda Civic is on its tail. This car appeals to parents buying their kid’s first car and they can rest assured the Corolla’s stability control will quelch any steering antics. The Corolla needs to up the ante on fuel economy. With 40 mpg being the target this popular sedan should get with the eco program.


Honorable mention: Porsche Ferdinand GT3 RS. (mph= “Man Power Hour”)

Price: n/a. Made in Austria.

Ultimate green “car”. How many miles can man or woman pedal this World’s Lightest and Slowest car per hour? If you watch the video on this website you will see perhaps even a two-wheeled bicycle is faster than the “Porsche Ferdinand”.



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