Green Cars for Earth Day 2013
Consumer Reports magazine lists its 13 favorite green cars for Earth Day 2013.
The list of 13 Favorite Green Cars are compiled by Consumer Reports. All cars beat 35 mpg in their testing. The list mostly consists of hybrids, but also a couple of fuel-efficient diesels.
Ford Focus Electric and Nissan Leaf (electric cars) are rated in MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) calculated based on the same amount of energy in one gallon of gasoline. The Tesla Model S is still in testing, meaning numbers are not final yet.
As you can see, the list is dominated by Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen.
According to Consumer Reports, the Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Ford Fusion Hybrid get impressive mileage while still being richly appointed and pleasurable to drive. The Fusion is rated as one of the nicest-driving hybrids.
Prices run from $24,764 (Volkswagen Golf TDI) and up.
|Model||Type||Tested price||Overall mpg|
|Ford Focus Electric||Fuel efficient hatchbacks||$40,990||107|
|Nissan Leaf||Fuel efficient hatchbacks||$35,430||106|
|Tesla Model S+||Luxury sedans||$89,650||84|
|Chevrolet Volt||Fuel efficient hatchbacks||$43,700||61|
|Toyota Prius||Fuel efficient hatchbacks||$26,750||44|
|Toyota Prius V Three||Wagons||$28,217||41|
|Ford Fusion SE Hybrid||Family sedans||$28,290||39|
|Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE||Family sedans||$29,052||38|
|Volkswagen Golf TDI||Fuel efficient hatchbacks||$24,764||38|
|Ford C-MAX Hybrid SE||Wagons||$26,685||37|
|Volkswagen Passat TDI SE||Family sedans||$28,665||37|
|Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid||Fuel efficient hatchbacks||$28,055||37|
|Lexus ES 300h||Luxury/luxury sedans||$44,107||36|
Source: Consumer Reports