Love this car! I drove one for several years I can't say that it would be considered environmentally friendly. It is a heavier car, with a big engine. That means lots of gas. Regardless, there are many things that you can do to ensure that it runs efficiently. Some more "economical" cars can be worse for the environment if they are not properly maintained and emit harmful emissions.
Make sure you do all the routine, manufacture recommended service at regular intervals. Make sure your engine runs clean and efficient with oil additives like the BG family of fluids. A fuel induction service will insure that the engine is running efficient. This could keep your fuel mileage at an efficient level.
I can't stress the importance of having good tires and even air pressure. Make sure your tires are at the correct pressure- even a few pounds off could affect wear on your tires and drag on your car. This will burn more fuel and could add up if left unchecked. Make sure your tires are inflated with Nitrogen. Nitrogen holds the pressure evenly and longer than regular air.
Just doing these two things regularly will make any car more environmentally friendly! If you decide to buy it, I wish you many years of enjoyment!
〉 Answered on Oct 19th, 2011 by Judy Curry, Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing at Currys Auto Service
Check out this website to see what the gas mileage is and it's carbon footprint. http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.htm
Since it's an SUV it will be heavier than a car and therefore get less gas mileage. If you need an SUV for the size, then use that site to compare other SUV's to find the most efficient one. It really depends on what you're looking for in an "environmentally friendly" vehicle.
〉 Answered on Oct 19th, 2011 by Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines