The biggest gas-guzzlers of 2024: ‘The Meanest List’ is the opposite of greenest cars

Posted on

In some circles — especially some automotive circles — bigger is better. This explains the Hummer, for example.

In its so-called “Meanest List” of a dozen models, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) makes no apologies for berating “the worst-performing mass market automobiles” sold in 2024 in the U.S. The most diminutive car on the list is a Chevy Corvette Z06.

At the top of this particular heap is the Mercedes-Benz AMG G63, a gas-powered SUV that the environmental agency says was “the worst-performing vehicle of the more than 1,200 models assessed by Greener Cars and has an annual fuel cost over $4,000.” Not to mention its MSRP of around $184,000.

RankMake & ModelPowertrainGreen
MSRPEstimated Annual
Fuel Cost*
1Mercedes-Benz AMG G63Gas20$184,000$4,242
2Ram 1500 TRX 4×4Gas22$98,335$3,819
3Ford F150 Raptor RGas24$79,975$3,777
4Cadillac Escalade VGas26$152,295$3,388
5Dodge Durango SRTGas26$74,995$3,332
6Jeep Wrangler 4dr 4X4Gas27$35,895$3,260
7Jeep Grand Wagoneer 4×4Gas28$91,945$3,058
8Mercedes-Benz G550Gas28$143,000$3,186
9GMC Hummer EV SUVEV29$98,845$1,746
10GMC SierraGas29$37,700$3,069
11Chevrolet Corvette Z06Gas30$114,395$3,169
12Mercedes-Benz Maybach S680Gas30$234,300$3,031
*ACEEE analysis using EIA data of the annual cost of driving 15,000 miles

In terms of numbers, the dirty dozen of the meanest includes seven SUVs and three trucks. Lonely at the middle of the list is the sole electric, the GMC Hummer EV, which weighs in at 9,000 pounds. The council notes that “though EVs have lower emissions than similarly sized gasoline models, the Hummer demonstrates that size and efficiency, not just fuel source, are important factors in a car’s environmental impact.”

It’s also worth reminding prospective buyers that the average fuel cost of a vehicle on the “Greenest List” eats up only a fifth of the fuel cost of a vehicle on the Meanest List, “showing that greener options can also be more affordable.” The ACEEE also put out a “Greener List” of efficient gasoline and hybrid cars that don’t require plugging in. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *