Are you worried about the environment or do you consider global warming to be the biggest farce this side of the Mississippi? However you feel about going green, there’s no doubt that some vehicles are worse for the environment than others. Even if you aren’t worried about ruining the planet, you may be worried about ruining your budget. If you’re concerned with either, here are five trucks that you’ll want to avoid:
Chevy Suburban K2500
Unless you have a half-dozen children or need to tow your new yacht, avoid this vehicle at all costs. Averaging only 10 mpg in the city, this behemoth will cost you over $100 every time you need to fill up its 39-gallon tank. If you do the math, you’ll quickly see that you’ll be spending over $5,000 a year on gas alone. If you’re independently wealthy, this may not be a cause of great concern. If, on the other hand, you’re like most of America, you may want to opt for something with a smaller gas tank.
Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab
There’s no denying that this is one sexy truck. With its hefty front end, extended cab and gorgeous bed, it’s a truck most people drool over. Looks aside, this truck is an environmental killer. Averaging a measly 13 mpg in the city and only 18 mpg on the highway, you won’t be getting very far if you can’t afford to fill it up every couple of days. Don’t let the sex appeal of the truck sway you; you’ll quickly go broke if you decide to park this beauty in your driveway.
Another sexy vehicle, this truck has stunning good looks and a broad base of appeal. With its well-fitted interior and powerful engine, this Ford is a gorgeous piece of machinery. That, however, is where the appeal ends. This truck has a fuel efficiency rating of 12 mpg in the city and 16 mpg on the highway. If you work on a farm or haul large items frequently, you may not be able to get away from a heavy-duty truck, but if you’re looking for something that you can tool around town in, this one isn’t it.
Ford F-150 Raptor
Be careful if you see this truck on the road; your eyes will be immediately drawn to its superb styling and rugged good looks. An amazing paint job and well-thought out detailing make the Raptor a hard truck to pass up. Perhaps when you become aware that you’ll only be getting 11 mpg in the city and a subpar 14 mpg on the highway will you be able to tear your eyes away. The 6.2L V8 engine make this vehicle both crazy powerful and terrible for the environment at the same time.
Not exactly a truck but not exactly a car, this shoebox on wheels is appealing to those who want a luxury vehicle but need more cargo room. Unlike some newer SUVs that get excellent gas mileage, this baby will only give you 11 mpg in the city. With a ridiculous price point of over $100,000, this vehicle shouldn’t even warrant a second glance. If you want to drive like the rich and famous, opt for a SmartCar; even Hollywood elite is realizing that their gas guzzlers don’t impress anyone.
If you need a truck, you need a truck; there’s not much that you can do about it. What you can do, however, is look for a truck that is more environmentally-friendly than any of these five models. Unless you want to end up spending more for gas over the lifetime of your vehicle than you spent for the vehicle itself, look for greener options the next time you’re browsing the lot. For more information on what it could cost you to own one of these vehicles, visit carinsurance.org.uk.
Author Karen Boyarsky is an avid blogger. You can follow her on Twitter @Boyarsky_kareni.