Sure, those green vehicles and frightening gas prices get all the headlines. But, when it comes to driving, you know, real driving: the kind that curls toes, the kind that starts with a drop of a foxy woman’s scarf, the kind that road trip movies are made about, you don’t want no green vehicle. You want a throwback to the bygone era of muscle cars. You want a V-8.
Thankfully, for the non-smug among us there are still some cars out there being made not to soothe our collective consciousness, but rather to kick start our hearts. The lads and lasses down at, ironically, greencarreports, did a little dancing with the devil to compile a list of the greenest of the V-8s. These vehicles combine fuel-sipping technology with eight-banger low-end torque. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG with its 22 MPG combined and 28 MPG highway made the list as being “actually the V-8 with the best fuel consumption on sale.” The 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid 2WD meanwhile has the top MPG city, 20, of all the V-8’s on the market. General Motors’ 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid 2WD is the top pickup to make the list. The greenest of the V-8 luxury sedans is the 2012 Audi A8 which has the relatively fuel-efficient numbers of 28 MPG on the highway, 18 MPG city and 21 MPG combined. The oldie, but goodie 2012 Ford Mustang also made a surprising appearance on the list. Its 20 MPG combined, is for both its auto and manual versions. So if you’ve been pre-approved for an auto loan in Houston, and you want a V-8 that won’t suck your wallet dry at the pumps, keep this list handy!