Eco-Friendly Cars

Your Guide to Eco Friendly Cars

July 10, 2013 | Apartment Lifestyle, Green Living

You’re probably well aware that getting rid of your vehicle is a great way to go green, but sometimes we just need four wheels to get around–hey, many cities were constructed for it. But there’s no need to worry, because you can find eco friendly cars that will not only reduce your carbon footprint, but also save you money at the pump. Whatever your budget, you can find a perfect car in which you can feel great about cruising around your city.

A Few Things to Consider

In 1997, the only available hybrid car on the market was the Toyota Prius, which has stood the test of time and remains one of the best eco friendly cars on the road today. But a lot has changed since then. Did you know that you can even get a speedy hybrid sports car now? No matter the size, shape or manufacturer, chances are they have an electric, gas-efficient or hybrid car available. Before signing any papers, consider the differences between a hybrid, gas and diesel engine.

What’s the Difference?

While a hybrid is going to be the best fuel-efficient car option–it can also use electric power–these cars are going to be more expensive than a traditional gas engine. However, they are typically lightweight and run super smoothly and quietly. Diesel cars are somewhat eco friendly, although they do emit pollutants and have loud engines. You’ll save money at the pump because diesel is less expensive than gasoline, and the engine will likely have a longer lifespan than one in a traditional car. Many people like gas engines because they have high horsepower ratings–meaning you can go fast in a short time span–but the fuel is pricier and harmful to the environment.

Now that you’ve got the lowdown on eco friendly cars on the market, here are some of the top options from the Kelley Blue Book:

Toyota Prius

As the first of its kind, the Toyota Prius will likely continue to top best of lists. The 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in has 11 miles of all-electric driving, equal to 95 miles-per-gallon, and then has a rating of 50 mpg for the next 529 miles.

Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen has always had a knack for manufacturing eco friendly cars that are quick and super fun to drive. This car starts under $26,000, and it has a combined city/highway mpg of 45. These cars are notoriously safe and sporty, so whether you’re looking for a family car or a cute cruiser, the Jetta is a great pick.

Ford Focus

The 2013 Ford Focus is buzzing in the eco friendly cars world, and this five-door hatchback has a city/highway/combo mpg of 110/99/105, which means you can get where you need to go without having to fill the tank for a while! This car has an advanced powertrain, 107 kilowatt electric motor and liquid-cooled Lithium-ion battery–just make sure to read up on repair costs for this engine.

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