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15 Cars That Should Go On A Diet

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/22/2015 Erick Ayapana

It's one of the most repeated (and broken) resolutions when the New Year arrives: losing weight. It's an admirable goal that has many benefits, though few people admittedly stick to a plan throughout the year. And while it's tough for humans to shed pounds, it's even harder for automakers to cut weight in vehicles thanks to the growing need to share platforms and add advanced safety technology and creature comforts. Most of the cars listed here are actually quite good. But losing a few hundred pounds would make them better, especially where efficiency and handling are concerned.

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(Listed curb weights are rounded to the nearest hundred)

Chevrolet Sonic

2015 Chevrolet Sonic RS Sedan Parked© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Sonic RS Sedan Parked This list starts off with one of the heaviest offerings in the subcompact segment. The Chevrolet Sonic is often praised for its quiet ride, but apparently all that sound-deadening material comes at a cost. Tipping the scales at 2,700 pounds, the Sonic's curb weight contributes to its EPA rating of 26/35 mpg city/highway (1.8L and five-speed manual sedan), which is among the lowest in the segment.

Should aspire to weigh like: Toyota Yaris – 2,300 pounds

Chrysler 200

2015 Chrysler 200C© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chrysler 200C The Chrysler 200 is a huge improvement over its predecessor, with sharp styling and competitive powertrains. But with a curb weight of 3,500 pounds, it's lugging a bit more weight than midsize best-sellers such as the Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima.

Should aspire to weigh like: Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, Volkswagen Passat – 3,200 pounds

Hyundai Genesis Sedan

2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan Motion View© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan Motion View The 2015 Hyundai Genesis received a dose of refinement. It's now wrapped in solid sheetmetal and rivals German standouts such as the Audi A6 and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. At 4,100 pounds, though, it's much heavier than those cars, and it shows when driven on a track.

Should aspire to weigh like: Cadillac CTS, Acura TLX – 3,600 pounds

Dodge Dart

2015 Dodge Dart Limited© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Dodge Dart Limited The Dodge Dart Aero with the six-speed automatic gets an EPA-rated 28/40 mpg city/highway. It's a respectable number that's right up there with other fuel misers in the compact segment, though we wonder if those numbers could be improved by trimming its 3,200-pound curb weight.

Should aspire to weigh like: Kia Forte – 2,700 pounds

Ford Edge

2015 Ford Edge© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ford Edge The recently refreshed Ford Edge is relatively handsome, which is important when your competitors include the Toyota Venza and Nissan Murano. What's questionable, however, is its 3,900-pound curb weight, making the Edge one of the heftiest in the midsize-crossover group.

Should aspire to weigh like: Hyundai Santa Fe Sport – 3,500 pounds

Lexus LX 570

2015 Lexus LX 570© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Lexus LX 570 Essentially a fancy version of the Toyota Land Cruiser, the Lexus LX 570 is both luxurious and quite capable on the trails thanks to standard four-wheel drive. Its leather and advanced suspension system, however, contribute to a curb weight of 6,000 pounds, making it more than 1,000 pounds porkier than the aluminum-bodied Land Rover Range Rover.

Should aspire to weigh like: Land Rover Range Rover – 4,900 pounds

Bentley Mulsanne

2014 bentley mulsanne© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 bentley mulsanne The Bentley Mulsanne weighs in at a tank-like 5,900 pounds, which isn't surprising. This big-boned luxury sedan is packed with leather, wood, plush carpet, and stout twin-turbo V-12 churning out 505 hp and 752 lb-ft of torque.

Should aspire to weigh like: A yacht

Buick Enclave

The three-row Buick Enclave is one of the most comfortable family haulers out there and is a good choice for the minivan-averse. That said, the Enclave is fairly heavy at 4,700 pounds, which means its 288-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 will be huffing and puffing when all eight seats are occupied.

Should aspire to weigh like: Kia Sorento – 3,600 pounds

2015 Buick Enclave© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Buick Enclave

Ford Taurus

2015 Ford Taurus© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ford Taurus The Ford Taurus is a pretty tough sedan that also moonlights as a police car for many law enforcement departments throughout the United States. In civilian form, however, its curb weight of 4,100 pounds doesn't translate into a very engaging experience behind the wheel, especially when paired with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4.

Should aspire to weigh like: Toyota Avalon – 3,500 pounds

Ram 1500

2015 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 Ecodiesel© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 Ecodiesel With a curb weight of 5,100 pounds, the Ram 1500 wasn't much heavier than its half-ton counterparts -- that is until the 2015 Ford F-150 showed up with its aluminum body and completely altered the curve. The Ram, however, can take solace in its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine that returns impressive fuel economy.

Should aspire to weigh like: Ford F-150 – 4,400 pounds

GMC Terrain

2015 GMC Terrain Denali© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 GMC Terrain Denali The boxy GMC Terrain might be the toughest-looking compact SUV, but it's also the heaviest. With a curb weight of 3,900 pounds, it's carrying much more weight than the athletic and fun-to-drive Mazda CX-5. Opting for the loaded and V-6-powered Terrain Denali will easily put the crossover in 4,000-pound territory.

Should aspire to weigh like: Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson – 3,200 pounds

Dodge Challenger

2015 Dodge Challenger RT© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Dodge Challenger RT Those who have driven a Challenger know it'll do one thing very well: Cruise in a straight line. Anything other than that becomes somewhat of a chore due to its long wheelbase and minimum curb weight of 3,800 pounds. Opt for any of the V-8s, and the Challenger easily moves into 4,000-pound territory.

Should aspire to weigh like: Ford Mustang – 3,500 pounds

Mercedes-Benz S550

2015 Mercedes Benz S550 Plug In Hybrid Parked© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Mercedes Benz S550 Plug In Hybrid Parked The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has once again raised the bar when it comes to flagship sedans. Just a few of its many features include an adaptive air suspension, all-LED lighting, and huge digital displays for the instrument panel and infotainment system. That said, all those goodies add up to help give the S550 a curb weight of 4,700 pounds.

Should aspire to weigh like: Jaguar XJ L – 3,900 pounds

Lexus RC F

2015 Lexus RC F© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Lexus RC F With the Lexus LFA long gone, the RC F is the brand's most exciting car in its lineup. The RC F comes packed with a 467-hp, naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 and an available torque-vectoring differential that helps the coupe run with the BMW M4. But if it wants to outperform the BMW, it'll need to shed a bit of its 4,000-pound curb weight.

Should aspire to weigh like: BMW M4 – 3,600 pounds

Bentley Continental GT Convertible

2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S Opulent and ostentatious, the Bentley Continental GTC is a staple in Beverly Hills and is rarely seen with the top up. Engine choices include turbocharged eight and 12 cylinders, which is necessary considering the GT convertible's curb weight of 5,400 pounds.

Should aspire to weigh like: A private jet

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