Kbb.com Names Top 10 Green Cars of 2011
In addition, their latest survey data shows gas prices increasingly influence vehicle purchases for 35 percent of the buying public. Further, those who are considering a new car for no other reason than fuel economy has risen to 15 percent and 85 percent feel gas prices will be higher in the next 30 days. On average, consumers think a vehicle should get at least 26.2 highway mpg to be considered.
Rather than simply picking the Top 10 vehicles in fuel efficiency, the editors sought a variety of vehicles for the list, as not everyone pursuing greater economy will be happy with a hybrid or plug-in vehicle. To make the list, each vehicle had to offer fuel economy and low CO2 emissions for its class while providing all the safety, creature comforts and drivability that would make it a pleasure to own.
"The sheer number and types of choices in the Green Cars category have grown remarkably in the last year, with new plug-in electrically driven vehicles alongside an increased number of traditional gasoline-powered cars with improved fuel economy, as well as hybrids and diesels," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com. "Whether drivers are looking to be more environmentally friendly or seeking to save cash at the gas pump or both, the latest Top 10 Green Cars list from kbb.com offers a variety of choices to suit drivers' various Green Car wants and needs."