Monday, August 4, 2008

Top Ten Green Cars of 2008

Who is the greenest of them all? Toyota Prius? Honda Civic Hybrid? Smart for Two? Those are the top three great green drives for 2008 according to Kelley Blue Book, also known as KBB.

The ratings are based on lots more than just fuel efficiency, though. Also comfort, and an important thing called performance, which includes how much oomph they have to keep up with traffic on a steep incline, or corner without feeling like you'll tilt over. And price -- the Honda Fit, pictured here, is just $15,000.

But there are lots more eco-friendly, fuel efficient cars in the great green drives garage. And while the list is dominated by hybrids, there's also a couple of small gas-powered cars, and even one diesel, the new super-clean Mercedes-Benz BLUETEC. Drum roll please --
  • Nissan Altima Hybrid - 34 mpg (35 city, 33 highway)

  • Mini Cooper - 32 mpg (28 city, 37 highway)

  • Ford Escape Hybrid - 32 mpg (34 city, 30 highway)

  • Honda Fit - 31 mpg (28 city, 34 highway)

  • Mercedes-Benz E320 BLUETEC - 26 mpg (23 city/32 hwy)

  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid - 26 mpg (27 city, 25 highway)

  • Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid - 21 mpg (21 city, 22 highway)

This list includes a little of everything when it comes to type -- sedans, SUVs and hatchbacks -- certainly something for everybody in this list of great green drives.

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