Ram 2500 Pickup (18 points)
Now in it’s fourth generation, the full-size Ram 2500 pickup truck is manufactured by Chrysler Group LLC though since 2010 it’s been sold under the Ram Trucks brand instead of Dodge. The ACEEE singles out the 2014 Ram 2500‘s 383 horsepower 5.7-liter (345 cu in) Hemi V8 and not the optional 410hp 6.4-liter (392 cu in) Hemi V8 when assigning its miserly 18-point rating, noting that with AWD and automatic transmission the vehicle returns just 13mpg in city driving and 18mpg on the highway.
Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 (19 points)
Do the one-percenters who fork over $1.7 million (and that’s for the base model) for the Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 really care how good – or bad, in this case – their gas mileage is? Be assured the Veyron’s rip-snortin’ 8.0-liter, 16-cylinder, 987 horsepower, quad-turbocharged gasoline engine is built for go, not for showing how environmentally-minded its owners are. Just for ships & giggles, the 2014 Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4’s mileage figures according to the ACEEE are 8mpg city and 15mpg highway. Mileage is unlimited, however, if it’s put on display indoors like Cameron’s dad’s ’61 Ferrari California.
Ford E150 Wagon FFV (21 points)
The 2014 Ford E150 Wagon FFV, “America’s favorite full-size van 34 years running,” is equipped with a 5.4-liter V8 engine working through an automatic transmission. It’s not equipped to return brag-able gas mileage figures, however, scoring just 12mpg city and 18mpg highway according to the ACEEE.
Bentley Mulsanne (21 points)
Someday class-leading fuel economy will rank with price, power and luxury as status points for high-end car owners. That day hasn’t come yet if the 2014 Bentley Mulsanne is any indication. The “sporty” member of the Rolls-Royce stable exudes an ebullient 505 horsepower from its immaculately detailed 6.75-liter (412 cubic inch) V8 twin turbo engine but returns a mere 11mpg (city) and 18mpg (highway) according to the ACEEE. On the face of it that’s a pretty poor return on investment but in actuality, Bentley Mulsanne owners usually invest elsewhere.