• Feb 8th 2007 at 11:50AM
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While I was walking around the Chicago Auto Show today, it occurred to me just how many large trucks, SUVs and gigantic vehicles were in attendance. So, I decided to take pictures of them, and if a fuel mileage estimate were there, I took a shot of that as well. I'm finding it kinda hard to choose which one is really the least green. There were the three International trucks, which make much more sense as semi trucks than daily-drivers. Of course, no non-green list would be complete without mentioning the Hummers. There was the SRT8 Grand Cherokee, which took the "Worst Listed Fuel Economy" award. But, I really think that the six-door Ford Super Duty truck that was lifted to the moon wins the award. I just can't see any real purpose for the vehicle to exist. Large trucks, such as the Super Duty trucks, are necessary in today's society, but not this one. I didn't ignore the cars either, as I shot a four-door Maserati and the new four-door Bentley with it's twelve cylinder engine. Enjoy our gallery, and let us know what you think.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      No one is forcing you to drive a compact, and I didn't start the "death race 3000" discussion, you did. So you are seriously suggesting intentionally endangering the lives of us SUV owners. You have some major maturity issues and you probably need some anger management classes as well.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Doug R- Your argument makes sense when people are using these giants for what they were designed. Unfortunately, the only thing the vast majority of people carry around in these things is their huge ego and little...

      Anyway, I agree that people should be free to choose as long as that choice doesn’t harm anyone else. I am just amazed and a little depressed at the lack of intelligence, education, common sense and self control demonstrated by much of humanity. Yes, we are free to choose until there is no other choice.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The spikes comment was rhetorical Superfly and meant to demonstrate the absurdity of Don M.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thanks for the honest and thoughtful response Tim. Most companies are very conscious of the bottom dollar and wouldn't use a vehicle that wasn't required.

      Some people can make do with a compact and that's fine. Although there is the safety if a larger vehicle to consider. I can't speak for others but I do need the SUV I drive. I try very hard to make one trip, make it a planned circle when possible in order to save fuel and I don't make special excursions unless absolutely necessary. If it weren't for the 4WD capability, we would have been stranded during the last ice storm.

      Some folks don't make the best decisions. I certainly have been known to have a brain fart or 2 myself. The day we reach the point where some one else is put in the position to make the decisions for us, we're in deep doo doo.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am involved with a new "hugely green company" called CitizenRE that will provide FREE solar panels on your homes roof or yard. I have over 35 years of engineering experience and have evaluated this buisiness model and I feel this company will make a huge impact on the enviroment!
      Come to this website and evaluate it for yourself:
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I know it's a tank, but I did say 'vehicles'".

      No, it's not a tank, it's an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). Besides the crew, It carries an infantry squad into combat, then supports them when they dismount. Tanks don't carry passengers, except for the Israeli Merkava, which is a combination IFV and Main Battle Tank.

      As far as its lack of "greenness", at least it's a Diesel!
      • 8 Years Ago
      That 6 door pickup looked like a bad limo suffering from an identity crisis.

      It's not just how unlikely it is to carry that many people plus a pickup-load of stuff, the real major league foolishness is how they jacked it way up, guaranteeing horrible handling and rollovers galore.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Doug R, nobody gave me the right to decide what other people can buy. Truth be told, trucks are a complete necessity for some people. In fact, I own a small truck with a 6 cylinder engine for hauling heavy objects for my job and home on-going home-improvement, and it's a 4x4. That does not change the fact that it is not a green vehicle. I plan to rectify that situation if possible when it comes time to replace the truck. I am hoping that when the Pheonix SUT is available, I'll be ready to purchase it.

      This is all that anyone can ask. If you, or anyone, has a need for a specific vehicle, buy it. But, before you do, consider all your options and weigh the impact on the environment along with all the other criteria.

      I stand by this list. There is not a single "green" vehicle on this list.

      If there were a market for six door, jacked-up to the moon 4x4 vehicles such as the one in the gallery, Detroit would be making them. There is not a market for it. It was created to show off, and that is all. I honestly hate it, and I'm a truck owner. I also strongly question the need for the International line of consumer vehicles. I have no problem with them creating vehicles for the consumer market, but why these vehicles?
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's interesting to contrast the claim of the necessity of SUV ownership with what Europeans do. Do they all drive SUV's? Yet they're still able to make it through snow storms, haul their children around and avoid getting crushed by, uh, an "innocent" Hummer. How DO they do it?

      Furthermore, I've noticed that many Europeans own trailers for their small cars that serve well for the occasional home improvement haul.

      It's crazy really. It's like when I was shopping for a small (24") oven for my small kitchen. The incredulous question from salespeople was, "But how will you cook a turkey?" Really? So I'm going to waste a bunch of energy 364 days a year just so that I can cook a turkey, ONCE?!

      And people drive ridiculously large gas guzzlers (which impact us all, thus the valid interest in other people's driving choices) just so they can pack it up once or twice a year?

      Oh, but they're independent and "prepared for anything." Ok, Johnny Survivalist, insecure much? An attitude adjustment is due, for all our sakes.

      Go rent a truck like I do when I really have to or you can borrow my 4dr Golf diesel that gets 55 mpg and, with the seats down, can haul an amazing amount of stuff including whole sheets of durock that I handled for my bathroom improvement project.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The only way to get these SUVs off the road is to make something that makes them less safe then a normal car. That would mean a car as low as a ferrari with robust structure shaped like a ramp on four sides. There should be a crush zone on the front and back. 5000 of these on the road and no "soccer mom" would be driving an SUV.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Easy Don,
      Something like that would fly or flip away like a smart car when it was hit by a large SUV. Too much impact force. Although it would be very safe for pedestrians.
      Something like that would definitely be a criminal offense. A kid running in a parking lot could lose a leg.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Henry, your logic (or lack of) is laughable. More dangerous than machine guns, ok. I'm sure CNG is being used where it's practical to do so. Business should waste valuable time modifying what they have rather than buy what they need, what do they work with in the meantime? What about small business owners with one vehicle? You don't have a clue about what it takes to run a business do you Henry?

      Keep on living in your own wonderland dude.
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