The Low Down On Green Living
February 21st, 2008
The ACEEE (the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy) has released their annual Green Book for 2008 which scores cars on their environmental friendliness. They give a green score for every model and select both the “greenest” and the “meanest” vehicles. It’s a very useful consumer guide to lowering your contribution to global warming via smart auto choices.
The Greenest Cars for 2008
Think the Prius wins? Think again. For the fifth year in a row, the Honda Civic GX is the overall winner with a green score of 57. This is a natural gas vehicle and gets 24 MPG in the city and 36 on the freeway. It’s MPG may be lower than its hybrid counterparts, but because it is a natural gas vehicle, it has super low emissions.
The Toyota Prius wins 2nd place with a green score of 53, and 48 MPG in the city and 45 on the freeway. Honda garners two out of the top three, with its Honda Civic Hybrid coming in 3rd place. The Civic is strong but doesn’t quite match the Prius on the mileage front: it gets 40 MPG in the city and 45 on the highway.
Number four is the zippy convertible Smart Car. The Smart Fortwo gets 33 MPG in the city and 41 on the freeway. You’ll look swanky in it and it starts at under $14,000! 5th place goes to the Toyota Yaris, which is also reasonably priced at less than $13,000. It gets 29 MPG in the city and 36 on the freeway.
To see more of the greenest cars, click here.
The Meanest Cars for 2008
Now the fun part— naming the worst offenders! The worst of the eco-worst is the Volkswagen Touareg, with a green score of 14. It gets 15 MPG in the city and 20 on the highway. Yes, it is actually worse than a Hummer– in fact the Hummer is the 10th worst with a score of 18 (but don’t think that means it’s okay to buy one!!).
Several Mercedes models are in the bottom ten: the GL320 is number 3, the ML320 is number 8 and the G55 AMG is number 9. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the 4th worst, with 17 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the freeway. The GMC Yukon is the 11th worst and gets 12 MPG in the city and 16 on the freeway.
In case you were thinking of putting down the clams for a Bentley, let us assure you that you’ll be an eco-foe. The Bentley Azure and the Arnage both get 9 (NINE!!!) MPG in the city and 15 on the freeway. You may look cool, but you’ll really be a fool.
To see the rest of the worst, click here.
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