After years and years of planning, lobbying and testing, green cars have finally become an industry in themselves and they are growing steadily with a view towards the increasingly ecologically-aware consumer. Cars are available in hybrid or purely alternative fuel formats giving car buyers the opportunity to choose from a whole different range of cars. Below are the ten top green cars of 2013.
10. Lincoln MKZ
Lincoln is a brand which has usually signified luxury but its latest offering, the MKZ is as modern and as technologically advanced as any of its competitors. The car has a hybrid power train and a specialized MyLincoln Touch information and entertainment system. It is also styled very attractively with its coupe like profile and the gas electric mid size sedan is Lincoln’s best work in a long time.
Fuel efficiency for city/ highway/ combined – 45/45/45 miles per gallon
9. Toyota Avalon
The Avalon has been around for a while now but the 2013 variant features a gas-electric power train and has mileage which qualifies it for the forty miles per gallon club. It is also a supremely comfortable car.
Fuel efficiency for city/ highway/ combined – 40/39/40 miles per gallon
8. Honda Fit
The electric Fit is the second all electric car which Honda has marketed in the United States and this version shares most of its spares with the gas powered version of the Fit. The Fit EV will only be sold till 1,100 Fit’s are made. They are also only leasable. However, they are brilliant concepts and showcase their weight when it comes to performance and efficiency with almost unbelievable mileage figures.
Fuel efficiency for city/ highway/ combined: 132/105/118 mpge
Range: 82 miles
Since this is an all electric car, mpge stands for miles per gallon equivalent. The EPA states that 33.7 kWh of electricity is equal to a gallon of gasoline and in the city, the Fit EV can do 132 miles on 33.7 kWh of energy.
7. Volkswagen Jetta
This is the first generation of Jettas to be a gas electric hybrid and it does well to be a drive-able European sedan under thirty thousand dollars with a combined mileage of over forty five. This is a car that is cheap and green and very fun to drive.
Fuel efficiency for city/ highway/ combined: 42/48/45 mpg
6. Ford C-MAX Energie
The C-MAX Energie is the most affordable plug-in hybrid on the road today and it is aiming to win the affections of the eco-conscious customer who is worried about range. It has an all-electric range of 21 miles and following that, the car’s gasoline engine kicks in. It’s isn’t boring to drive either, making it a very decent pick among some really promising cars.
First 21 miles: 100 mpge combined
Next 599 miles: 43 mpg combined
5. Toyota Prius Plug-In
The Prius comes with a miles per gallon rating of fifty. 50! That is amazing. Now, the plug-in Prius gives 11 additional miles of all-electric range and the car is even cooler as it qualifies for solo-occupant carpool lane access in a few states.
First 11 miles: 95 mpge combined
Next 529 miles: 50 mpg combined
4. Chevrolet Volt
The Volt has more range than other all electrics and then has an efficient gas engine deliver the rest of the miles. This car, which is nicely styled, is perfect for those looking for those few extra electric miles which makes small trips such as going to the grocer’s or the mall dirt cheap.
First 38 miles: 98 mpge combined
Next 344 miles: 37 mpg combined
3. Ford Focus
The Focus is Ford’s tried and tested hatchback which has been performing consistently for a long period of time and older models can still be found with used car dealers in St. Louis. The 2013 variant gets an Electric kick and features a powertrain which brings together a 107 kW electric motor with a liquid cooled Lithium-ion battery.
City/highway/combined mpge: 110/99/105
Range: 76 miles
2. Tesla Model S
Tesla has made the electric car desirable and the Model S, with its acceleration and practicality is one of the most desirable cars on the market, electric or otherwise. It also has a lot of space inside and an EPA estimated two hundred and sixty five mile range. That is huge!
City/highway/combined mpge: 88/90/89
Range: 265 miles
1. Nissan Leaf
This car is immensely practical if you’re looking for refinement, range, practicality and value. Nissan has always made reliable cars which are extremely value for money and the Leaf’s prices have been cut by almost seven and a half thousand. This means that is now available for twenty two thousand dollars.
City/highway/combined mpge: 130/102/116
Range: 75 miles
Lee Wilford, the author of this post, is a former car designer who has worked with the top manufacturing firms in the country and also with car galleries abroad. Lee has been an advocate for green cars and has been vocal in his support to curb the cost of buying an ecologically efficient car. He can also provide opinions on used cars to buy from used car dealers in the St. Louis for those in the second hand car market.
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