Temperatures are warming and the snow is melting, giving way to a beautifully bare earth. Fittingly, Earth Day is right around the corner, the 47th year in which the holiday has been observed worldwide.
It’s one thing to say you’re environmentally conscious, but it’s quite another to put that attitude into practice. However, the vast majority of Americans – 90%, according to a recent poll done by a communications agency – believe that people ought to take “concrete steps” to reduce their carbon footprint.
One of the best ways to make progress is by exchanging a gas guzzler for a fuel sipper. Green cars are as popular as ever, now that they’re more reasonably priced and widely available. But some are better than others, both in terms of fuel efficiency and driving performance.
Both Car and Driver Magazine as well as Cars.com put together their own picks for the top hybrid cars of 2017, as well as the best electric cars. Several of their selections overlap. If you’re in the market for a new car to go along with comprehensive coverage, the following vehicles can help you “go green” when the green lights flash.
The Transportation Department a few years ago issued a requirement that mandates all-new vehicles be capable of achieving at least 50 miles per gallon no later than 2025. Whether that happens is up for debate, but the Toyota Prius is known for getting this kind of fuel efficiency, not only in the city, but on the highway as well. Car and Driver noted that roughly 50 mpg is possible even while traveling in the fast lane. It gives the Prius 3.5 out of 5 stars and Cars.com has it as its “Best Eco-Friendly Car” among all 2017 models.
With Car and Driver billing it as the quintessential “all-electric dream car,” the Tesla Model S is an auto manufacturing marvel. In addition to being easy on the wallet – thanks to its gas-free capability – it’s easy on the eyes, coming in a fire engine red that’s as sleek as it is swift. Indeed, the Model S is capable of reaching 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds flat, according to the company’s website. What’s more, the safety features are ideal, featuring autopilot functionality and adaptive lighting that automatically adjusts and redirects based on the direction in which the vehicle is turning. Further, the 2017 model has something that the 2016 version didn’t: a HEPA air filtration system that removes virtually all particulate exhaust matter, including bacteria and allergens.
What the Prius C lacks in size, it makes up for in fuel efficiency, coursing approximately 53 miles in the city for every gallon of gas burned. Car and Driver describe the Prius C as a fusion of the Toyota Yaris with the original Prius. Its hatchback design makes it an ideal automobile for city driving, capable of fitting into some of the tightest of parking spaces. It’s also light on the wallet, selling for a manufacturer’s’ suggested retail price of $21,035 nicely equipped.
If you’re a Car and Driver regular reader, you know the publication doesn’t hand out 5 out of 5 stars all too often. But the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt gets the magazine’s top billing, thanks to its superior handling and impressive acceleration – reaching highway speeds in 6.5 seconds. Penny pinchers will like what they find as well, getting the equivalent of 96 miles per gallon on the highway. The creature comforts are superior, with a 10.2-inch touch screen and 8-inch digital gauge. Furthermore, it’s Wi-Fi friendly.
Luxury automobiles are the crowning jewels of the road, eliciting double takes as they pass by. The same can be said for the BMW i8, which has a 357-horsepower engine that enable drivers to put the pedal to the metal on the highway, reaching 60 miles per hour in under five seconds. Though it officially gets the equivalent of about 29 miles per gallon – which by luxury car standards is solid – Car and Driver achieved 38 MPG during a 200-mile test drive.
Cars.com recommends a different luxury model that features many of the same amenities as well as fuel efficiency. Thanks to getting around 31 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, the 2017 Lexus RX 450h is the auto information website’s selection for cruising in the eco-friendly luxury lane. Speaking of which, some of its automatic safety features include lane departure warnings and automatic emergency braking.
Pair your comprehensive insurance with one of these vehicles to put the hustle behind your eco-conscious muscle.
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