12 Cars and Trucks Rated Worst for the Environment
The most fuel-efficient vehicles are generally magnets for press and media attention due to the high level of engineering required to achieve such high scores. However, on the other end of the spectrum, there’s the vehicles with some of the worst mileage, which is not surprisingly made up of SUVs, trucks, and really high performance cars. GreenerCars.org, a website published through the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, recently published a list of the 12 cars rated to be the worst — environmentally speaking. By assigning a “green score” to each vehicle, GreenerCars.org was able to rank them, also.
In order to assign the ratings, the AEEE uses an assortment of factors to calculate the impact that a vehicle has on the environment. From the fuel consumption up front to the emissions coming out of the rear, the amount of fuel and levels of toxicity expelled were taken into consideration when calculating the vehicle’s Green Score. “The Green Scores also consider such factors as emissions estimates for a vehicle’s manufacturing process, disposal impact, and (where applicable) natural gas extraction practices and the sources of energy used to generate power for electric cars,” Forbes reported. The most efficient car ranked this year scored a 59; the lowest, as you’ll see, scored 18.
Notably, a big factor wasn’t discussed in terms of how it would affect the results: regular use of the vehicle, number of miles driven on average, and number of the respective vehicles on the road. We don’t have those answers for you, but keep it in mind when reading through the rankings.
Here are the twelve cars that rank at the bottom from an environmental standpoint, you can check out the list and more at GreenerCars.org website here. Did anything surprise you?