When it comes to polluting the environment, vehicles are definitely the worst offenders. As you go through this list, you might be surprised to learn that size doesn't really matter. All it takes is a powerful engine to do more than your fair share of environmental dirty work.
Sports cars and luxury cars are certainly tempting, but some of the worst polluters on this list include a couple of Ferrari beasts and several Aston Martin models, which proves that "expensive" doesn’t always equate to "good." Of course, a few pickup trucks, vans and other traditional favorites also made the list. Take a look to ensure you avoid the worst culprits.
Lamborghini Aventador SV
Owning and cruising in a Lambo is a long-time dream for plenty of car fanatics, and it's easy to see why. Not only does the car look stunning, but the impressive features of this luxury model are practically unbeatable. Unfortunately, Lamborghini is actually one of the least eco-friendly brands on the market.
Aston Martin Vanquish
Aston Martin Vanquish is a sleek sports car beauty that is full of unique mystique. It was chosen as James Bond’s car for a reason. Unfortunately, every luxury sports car comes with an environmental consequence, and the Vanquish hasn’t been branded as eco-friendly.
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Chevy is an absolute classic among car fanatics. Timeless design, impressive speed and a sleek look — what more could you possibly want? Unfortunately, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is also one of the worst offenders when it comes to polluting the environment.
Dodge Viper ACR
The Dodge Viper ACR is an absolute beauty among sports vehicles. One of the most powerful beasts in the world, it features an impressive six-speed manual transmission. Of course, with great car power comes great environmental responsibility, and that is definitely something the Dodge Viper ACR lacks.
Subaru WRX STI
When it comes to terrain races, the Subaru WRX STI can handle just about any type of driving surface. Its performance is absolutely sublime, thanks to an impressive 300-horsepower engine. Of course, winning first place at a race with this beast might cause a ton of other long-term environmental issues.
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Yet another Chevy icon on the list of the worst cars for the environment, the good old Corvette is an absolute classic of American pop culture. Unfortunately, it’s time to consider how this nostalgic car model affects the environment.
Lexus GX 460
Without a doubt, the Lexus GX 460 is one of the most luxurious vehicles ever made, which seems ideal for those who love to travel in style. The 300-horsepower V8 engine and the six-speed automatic transmission guarantee premium functionality on almost any terrain. But is the vehicle eco-friendly?
Range Rover Sport
The Range Rover is another classic brand frequently mentioned in U.S. pop culture. This beloved SUV is definitely one of the most coveted vehicles. Frequently used for racing as well as car eye candy for those who like to show off their lavish lifestyles, it’s definitely a beast, not only when it comes to horsepower, but also when it comes to the environment.
The Toyota Tundra moves into "normal" vehicle territory as a popular choice for its crowd-pleasing specs and impressive look. It’s definitely one of the best pickup trucks on the market, but it does negatively affect the environment with its powerhouse of an engine.
Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is one of the many muscle cars on this list. Its impressive specs and 700-horsepower supercharged V8 engine are two of the many reasons people tend to forget just how this beast affects the environment.
The magnificent Lamborghini Huracan is quite a beast and an incredibly alluring choice for those who can afford luxury cars, whether it’s for racing or just for racy living. Its most impressive feature is a more stable response to high speed, making it an ideal race car.
Aston Martin Rapide S
The Aston Martin brand may be highly desired among car enthusiasts, but its eco-friendliness is practically non-existent. (Seriously, this isn’t the last Aston Martin car on our list.) The Aston Martin Rapide S is a refreshed version of its predecessor, with sleek design and an even better engine.
Lamborghini Huracan Spyder
The Lamborghini Huracan Spyder is praised for the impressively high speeds reached in just a few seconds. This luxury player successfully rivals some of its toughest competitors due to its incredible specs, including a naturally aspirated V10 engine.
Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang
The newer editions of the Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang are all about sharp response time. It’s an absolute dream of a race car and definitely turns heads when spotted anywhere in the city. But — surprise, surprise! — this champion is responsible for releasing far more carbon dioxide than most cars on the list so far.
All right, this is where it gets serious. The Dodge Viper comes with an impressive engine and no stability control. The design is immaculate and incredibly eye-catching on the inside and out, but how does it fare when it comes to the eco stuff?
Now, just look at this sleek beauty. It’s not quite the same type of head-turner as some of the other cars on this list, but it’s one of the most elegant cars around — inside and out. It’s not always about racing. Sometimes, it’s just about timeless class.
Toyota Sequoia 4WD FFV
The Toyota Sequoia 4WD FFV is the preferred choice when it comes to driving on off-road terrain due to its incredible power and ability to handle just about anything. It’s an absolutely perfect family hauler — as long as your family doesn’t mind having a harmful effect on the environment.
Maserati GranTurismo Convertible
Owning a Maserati GT Convertible is an absolute dream. The car is hauntingly beautiful and completely luxurious on the outside as well as the inside. Its bodywork is fabulously immaculate, making it ideal for showing off in style or racing.
The current Chevy Camaro has been crowned as one of the most technologically advanced Camaros on the market. The car is light and offers much better performance, making it a perfect choice for a race car — or just showing off to family and friends.
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT 4×4
When it comes to the fastest and most powerful jeeps, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT 4×4 is a winner, hands down. It has one of the most impressive engines around, and it continuously impresses with its high performance. (Seriously, its specs are out of this world!)
Moving to another race car dream, driven by celebrities like Matt LeBlanc, the Ford GT is definitely extremely popular. Aerodynamics and powerful performance are what put this beast at the top of the race car list. Unfortunately, we’ve now learned that powerful engines often land cars on this negative list as well.
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
If you want to talk about a car that makes everyone’s heart pump, the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is without a doubt an elegant car and a dream for many. It’s also considered to be the fastest Ferrari road car. By now, you know that also means it’s most likely causing a lot of harm to the environment.
Now, let’s take a look at another Ferrari favorite. Powerful, lighter and with slightly more legroom, the Ferrari GTC4Lusso is definitely a step up from its predecessor. It is a beloved race car as well as a city car. How could it not be? Just look at this sleek beauty!
We’re not quite done with the Ferrari brand just yet. Some of the biggest pollution offenders are also the most powerful. The LaFerrari Aperta has an open top and one of the most stylish designs. The vehicle is uniquely captivating and a true one-of-a-kind model when it comes to exquisite details.
Bentley Mulsanne EWB
Ah, the classic Bentley — when it comes to luxury, this beauty definitely has it all. The legroom and overall length are ideal for luxury transportation purposes, but the Bentley Mulsanne EWB doesn’t stop there. Its performance is incredibly impressive as well, putting it at the top of the wish list for those who are really looking for elegance.
Don’t worry, this is the very last Ferrari model on our list. This one is a true racetrack champion and a frequent Hollywood star. Its performance specs are almost scary and definitely best suited to those who are used to driving at high speed and begging for more.
Chevrolet G3500 Express 2WD PASS MDPV
It’s a powerful van, without a doubt. Although it’s pretty standard looking on the outside, the Chevrolet G3500 Express 2WD PASS MDPV has impressive pulling power that stands up quite well to its competitors. Unfortunately, it fails just as impressively with its non-eco-friendly specs.
Aston Martin V12 Vantage S
We’ve learned that the size of the car doesn’t really matter when you have a powerful engine to do the dirty work. In the case of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, it actually adds up to a lot of dirty work. The brand new Vantage was a huge milestone for the Aston Martin brand, as the car stepped up its performance specs.
Lamborghini Aventador Coupe LP740-4
The Lamborghini Aventador Coupe LP740-4 was an absolute hoot after its release — for good reason. It looks mean on the road and is equipped with pretty much every performance trick in the book. A slightly higher power gain is what makes this race car so attractive, and it still remains a popular choice among many fans.
Mercedes-Benz G 550 4×4 (Special Off-Road Model)
Here comes the big one — literally. This special off-road model was designed to tackle absolutely any terrain. How could it not when it is absolutely huge? It obviously comes with a powerful engine to move all that muscle, making its performance truly one of a kind.