Cars.com's Carbon Offset Update

By Stephen Markley  on January 7, 2009

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As the new year kicks off, we were doing some please-let-it-be-spring cleaning and found a batch of old carbon offset reports that had yet to be tabulated. The vehicle costing Cars.com the most money this time around was the 2008 Chevrolet Corvette. Although more fuel-efficient than many of the vehicles tested (see: Hummer H2 and Toyota Land Cruiser), the 'Vette made a weekend Father's Day trip (yeah, we haven’t cleaned in awhile) that racked up the gallons. As usual, each car's emissions cost is based on the estimate that it’s driven 12,000 miles in a year. Find out how to offset your own carbon costs at TerraPass.

2008 Lexus IS-F (review)
Total gallons: 14.4
Amount of CO2 emitted: 275.85 pounds
Cost to offset for one year: $59.50

2008 Ford F-150 (review)
Total gallons: 5.0
Amount of CO2 emitted: 97.82 pounds
Cost to offset for one year: $89.25

2008 Porsche Cayman S (review)
Total gallons: 13.7
Amount of CO2 emitted: 268.03 pounds
Cost to offset for one year: $71.40

2008 Mazda CX-7 (review)
Total gallons: 20.6
Amount of CO2 emitted: 403.02 pounds
Cost to offset for one year: $71.40

2008 Lexus LX 570 (review)
Total gallons: 16.7
Amount of CO2 emitted: 326.72 pounds
Cost to offset for one year: $95.20

2008 Hummer H2 (review)
Total gallons: 14.9
Amount of CO2 emitted: 291.50 pounds
Cost to offset for one year: $95.20

2008 Chevrolet Corvette (review)
Total gallons: 41.51
Amount of CO2 emitted: 812.10 pounds
Cost to offset for one year: $71.40

2008 Toyota Land Cruiser (review)
Total gallons: 19.3
Amount of CO2 emitted: 377.59
Cost to offset for one year: $95.20

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (review)
Total gallons: 10.0
Amount of CO2 emitted: 195.64 pounds
Cost to offset for one year: $59.50

2009 Jaguar XKR (review)
Total gallons: 9.9
Amount of CO2 emitted: 193.68 pounds
Cost to offset for one year: $77.35

Total gallons: 166.01
Total CO2: 3,241.95

Total gallons for the year: 1,104.06
Total CO2 for the year: 21,629.47 pounds