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Greenest and meanest cars in 2008

Does a shortage of green in your wallet have you considering greener choices at the dealership?

With gas prices more than $4 per gallon, many drivers have suddenly seen the (green) light, seeking regular fuel and hybrid models that squeeze every last mile out of a gallon.

So what does "green" really mean when it comes to buying a car?

Each year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, or ACEEE, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group, analyzes how cars rate when it comes to the environment. The group looks at greenhouse gas emissions, fuel economy and criteria pollutants. As well as ranking the best and worst in various vehicle categories, the council also ranks the greenest (best) and meanest (worst) overall.

The green score rates an auto's environmental impact on a scale of 0 (worst) to 100 (best), based on a vehicle's output of greenhouse gases and criteria pollutants, both during the manufacturing process and on the road. View the meanest and greenest cars on the following page.

Greenest cars for 2008

RankingMake/ModelMpg (City)Mpg (Hwy)Green scoreEst. fuel cost 1 yr
1Honda Civic GX243657$884
2Toyota Prius484553$1,338
3Honda Civic Hybrid404551$1,467
4SmartForTwo334149$1,810
5 (tie)Toyota Yaris293646$1,930
 Nissan Altima Hybrid353346$1,813
7Toyota Corolla283745$1,991
8 (tie)Mini Cooper Clubman283744$2,201
 Ford Focus243544$2,201
 Toyota Camry Hybrid333444$1,813
 Honda Civic263444$2,127
 Honda Fit283444$1,991


Meanest cars for 2008

RankingMake/ModelMpg (City)Mpg (Hwy)Green scoreEst. fuel cost 1 yr
1Volkswagen Touareg152014$4,198
2 (tie)Bugatti Veyron81317$6,510
 MB GL320 CDI or R320 CDI182417$3,570
 Jeep Grand Cherokee172217$3,756
5 (tie)Lamborghini Murcielago81318$6,510
 Mercedes-Benz ML320 CDI182418$3,399
 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG111318$5,423
 Hummer H2121618N/A
 GMC Yukon 2500121618N/A
 Bentley Azure or Arnage91518$5,918

* Annual fuel costs calculated by Fueleconomy.gov based on a price of $4.11 per gallon, and 15,000 total miles per year (55 percent city driving, 45 percent highway).

Sources: Rankings and green rating from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, 2008; estimated annual fuel costs by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy via FuelEconomy.gov.

 

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