Apr 24, 2013
Chris Weiss
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Kelley Blue Book Names Best Green Cars of the Year

Coinciding with Earth Day 2013, the automotive experts over at Kelley Blue Book have named their top 10 green cars of 2013. The list runs the full spectrum from light hybrids to full-blown electric vehicles.

“A growing number of both eco-conscious drivers are going ‘Green’ when it comes to the new car they choose to drive, and auto manufacturers have primed the pump with the widest array of offerings in the ‘Green Car’ segment than ever before,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. “After driving and testing nearly every new vehicle on the market today, our editors compiled a 10 Best Green Cars list that provides a roadmap for consumers looking to get more miles from each gallon of gasoline or to eliminate gasoline altogether.”

Kelley Blue Book notes that many manufacturers are now offering some of their best-selling vehicles in hybrid, diesel and pure electric form. This includes such market staples as the Honda Civic andToyota Camry, last year’s 3rd and 5th best U.S. sellers.

KBB’s 10 through 6 best green cars are the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, the Toyota Avalon Hybrid, the Honda Fit EV, the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid and the Ford C-Max Energi. All of the cars are 2013 models.

Numbers 5 through 1:
5. Toyota Prius Plug-In – Given its market-leading sales performance and 50-mpg rating, the Toyota Prius was already a great green car. Add a plug-in hybrid system with 11 miles of all-electric range and it’s even better.

4. Chevy Volt – Thanks to its near-400 miles of combined all-electric and gas-electric range, KBB calls the Chevy Volt the choice for those that want a combination of high all-electric range and solid overall driving range.

3. Ford Focus Electric – The Focus Electric’s 76-mile range may be paltry for those that like to hit the open road, but for those that commute short distance in the city and suburbs, it should be ample. KBB says it starts with a leg up thanks to its popular base model and “is a fun, practical runabout for green-leaners.”

2. Tesla Model S – It’s not hard to love the Model S. Thanks to its combination of 265 miles of all-electric range, distinct styling, roomy interior, and quick acceleration, KBB alludes to it as the “electric car most likely to gain mainstream success.”

1. Nissan LEAF – The original modern-day mainstream U.S. EV is still the best, according to KBB, which likes its combination of range, practicality, refinement, and low price.

Source : KBB