Leading Green Cars for 2012
With Earth Day right around the corner, it only makes sense to take a look at the leading environmentally-friendly green vehicle market. What was once a market dominated by the Toyota Prius has ballooned in the last year or so to include a wide range of manufacturers, models, and features. The green car is here to stay and with recent legislation proposals in California and other States, we’re likely to see even more of these environmentally-friendly vehicles on our highways and city streets.
Thanks to the research done by the team at Kelley Blue Book we’re able to provide you with a list of the top 10 green cars for 2012. The staff of automotive experts at Kelley Blue Book analyzed the vehicles available taking into consideration factors such as value-for-money, features, comfort, pricing, and power under the hood.
- 2012 Toyota Prius c
A newer and smaller version of the commonly known Toyota Prius, the Toyota Prius c is a green car that attracts drivers who are looking for a vehicle with room for five passengers and 53 miles per gallon for in city driving. The Toyota Prius c is a great option for those looking for an affordable hybrid.
- 2012 Nissan LEAF
Based on studies and analysis from the EPA, the Nissan Leaf has a rated range of 73 all-electric miles. According to Nissan, this vehicle can travel more than 100 miles on a single charge. This vehicle offers both promising electric mileage and a base price that makes it very affordable - particularly when you factor in the money you’ll save at the gas pump. To top it off, the Nissan LEAF is made from recycled materials from older cars, home appliances and plastic bottles.
- 2012 Mitsubishi i
This is the newest electric car at the dealer lots and it is also the cheapest with a base price of $29,125 and with the federal tax incentive this brings the Mitsubishi i down to a very wallet-friendly $21,625. This car has room for four and a range of 62 miles.
- 2012 Chevrolet Volt
The Volt has both an electric option and a small gas engine - this helps to alleviate any stress associated with making it to your destination before the charge runs out. This car has got good looks, room for four and space in the back for groceries, baseball gear and a picnic basket.
- 2012 Honda Civic
The Honda Civic is a classic car and with outstanding reliability and value for the money. Now with the 2012 range, you can choose from three different engines: gasoline, natural gas or hybrid gas/electric. Each and every one of these is a good choice and you’ll be happy cruising the streets in a sedan that has some great numbers.
- 2012 Volkswagen Passat
In a recent post we highlighted the leading diesel cars on the market, and now we see that the turbocharged diesel has made the list for leading green cars. This is a testament to how clean diesel really has become. The 2012 Volkswagen Passat will give you 43 mpg and the comfort and features that Volkswagen is known for.
- 2012 Lexus CT 200h
Beyond the excellent fuel-efficiency numbers of this hybrid, the CT 200h is a fun car to drive. This fun factor helps put this Lexus ahead of some of the other hybrid vehicles out there. You get fuel-economy, a reasonable base price of $30,000 and the style and comfort that Lexus is famous for.
- 2012 Hyundai Elantra
The Hyundai Elantra boasts some impressive mileage numbers, hitting the 40 mpg mark that many other non-hybrids wish they could achieve. With a four-cylinder engine and some sleek lines - it is worth giving the Elantra a test drive.
- Chevrolet Malibu Eco
This sedan takes advantage of eAssist to help it achieve some strong mileage goals. eAssist is a system that conserves fuel with the use of a lithium-ion battery that supplements the engine and includes regenerative braking and start-stop technology. While many might not think of the Malibu Eco, this sedan gives more than it takes.
- 2012 Scion iQ
The iQ might not have an alternative power source or a hybrid drivetrain - but its lightweight, small size and efficient 1.3 liter gas engine place it squarely on this list of green cars to test drive.
As you can see not all of the vehicles on this list feature a hybrid or electric engine. In fact some of them are not considered hybrids at all - but they still offer superior gas mileage and energy efficient features that make them better for the environment. Green technology has come a long way and it will be very interesting to see what kind of vehicles we see on the roads in a few years. To learn more about green cars, take a look at our blog history for some of our other articles on this technology.