Five least-green vehiclesWed, 29 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800
We are a generation seemingly obsessed with the environment, eager to cover our carbon footprints in any way possible--or at least give off a green vibe visible to our neighbors). And though many car buyers are jumping on the hybrid and electric bandwagons, the majority of us still crave brute-power cars and trucks.
While being environmentally friendly is nice, there comes a time when you just have to be mean -- eco-mean, in this case. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy recently released the numbers for the least environmentally friendly cars and trucks on the market for the 2014 model year.
The cars are rated by the EPA-estimated miles per gallon as well as the ACEEE's own “Green Score.” The green score falls on a scale from 0 to 100, 100 being the best; the lower the green score, the meaner the car. The green scores are determined by a few factors, including the vehicle's fuel economy and tailpipe emissions.
Let's take a look at how things panned out:
Fifth place: Mercedes G63 AMG
Fuel economy: 12/14 mpg Green Score: 21
Taking the fifth spot is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG, tying the Mulsanne with a green score of 21. The AMG sports Mercedes' 5.5-liter V8 engine achieves only 12 mpg in the city and 14 mpg on the highway.
Fourth place: Bentley Mulsanne
Fuel economy: 11/18 mpg Green Score: 21
Bentley takes the fourth spot with its Mulsanne. This nearly $300,000 luxury rocket earns a green score of 21, getting only 11 mpg city and 18 mpg highway. Power comes from a 6.8-liter V8 engine.
Third place: Ford E-150
Fuel economy: 12/16 mpg Green Score: 21
Ford takes the bronze with its 2014 E-150 Wagon FFV, which has a green score of 21. The E-150 gets a 5.4-liter V8 engine that achieves only 12 mpg in city driving and 16 mpg on the highway in this application.
Second place: Bugatti Veyron
Fuel economy: 8/15 mpg Green Score: 19
Coming in second is the Bugatti Veyron with a total green score of 19. Odds are that the person who bought the $2.3 million Bugatti Veyron uses $100 bills as toilet paper and isn't at all concerned with gas mileage. But the numbers are still remarkable: The Veyron manages to take gas mileage down to the single digits, getting only 8 mpg. 15 on the highway is only slightly better.
First place: Ram 2500
Fuel economy: 13/18 Green Score: 18
The 2014 Ram 2500 takes the top spot on the eco-mean list with a whopping green score of 18. This gas-guzzling truck sports a 5.7-liter V8 engine under the hood, yielding only 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg cruising on the highway.
Honorable mentions go to:
Fuel economy: 12/15 mpg Green Score: 22
2014 Mercedes-Benz G550 12/15 mpg, Green Score: 22
2014 F-150 Ford Raptor 11/16 mpg, Green Score: 22
2014 Ford Expedition FFV/Lincoln Navigator 13/18 mpg, Green Score: 22
2014 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coup
By Natalie Sejnost