Right now the greenest thing for me to do is to keep on driving the minivan I currently own, but I’d love to make my next car purchase as environmentally sound as possible— safety will also be a top priority.
But, well, having sexy lines and a smooth ride doesn’t hurt either.
Every year the expert editors at Kelley Blue Book rank the energy efficient standouts for efficiency, practicality and price. Which is such a cool statement to make: that there are enough energy efficient vehicles on the market now that they need to be sifted through and ranked. We’ve come such a long way!
“The list of ‘green’ vehicle standouts continues to blossom, and with strict Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirements coming down the pipeline, auto manufacturers are making stronger advancements each year in creating more environmentally friendly vehicles,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. “Topping this list for the second year in a row is the BMW i3 – an electric car that can sprint to 60 mph in just over 7 seconds, and is made in a factory powered entirely by four wind turbines. And if 81 miles of electric range doesn’t work for you, the i3 can be had with a small gas generator that lets you go as far as there are gas stations.”
I’m a little surprised and disappointed that my wishlist car, the Model S, isn’t higher on the list. Get your act together, Tesla.
So, if you’re in the market for a “green” vehicle this year (you lucky thing, you!), here are the 10 BEST GREEN CARS OF 2015 as ranked by Kelley Blue Book:
- the all-electric BMW i3 (for the second year in a row)
- Volkswagon e-Golf
- Nissan Leaf
- Toyota Prius
- Honda Accord Hybrid
- Tesla Model S
- Chevrolet Volt
- Toyota Camry Hybrid
- Ford C-Max Hybrid
- Volkswagon Jetta TDI
You can check out KBB.com’s full editorial commentary for the 10 Best Green Cars of 2015, including fuel economy and range information for each model plus pricing.
If you were buying a “green” vehicle tomorrow— what would you choose?