Hybrid and electric vehicles are hitting the market at a rapid pace due to increasingly high fuel prices and the ever-growing need for greener living practices. You’ll find lots of eco-friendly options in every price range. Here are 10 of the most environmentally friendly cars of 2012-2013:
1. 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid – Comfort and Space with Extreme Efficiency
This is one of the most fuel-efficient hybrid sedans on the market and one of the most environmentally friendly cars out there. The Ford Fusion Hybrid gets a satisfying 47 mpg (city, highway, and combined). Packed with user-friendly features, this car drives like a high-class luxury vehicle with a price tag of just $27,200. Equipped with an electric motor and 4-cylinder engine, this car boasts 188 horsepower.
The interior of the vehicle is a praise-worthy feature with lots of room and comfort. Additional features include backup sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rain-sensing wipers, a rear view camera, and active park-assist.
2. 2012 Toyota Prius C – Compact Fuel Economy at an Affordable Price
The Prius is a regular on eco-friendly car lists. This particular Prius is sportier than the standard design, giving it a sleeker look. The modern interior features lots of plastic and less space than other options, but the compact size benefits drivers who want something small and easy to park.
The impressive fuel economy of 50 mpg (combined) is what really sets this hybrid apart. The price tag of $18,950 is easy on the eyes as well and easily allows it to secure second spot in our list of most environmentally friendly cars of 2012-2013. If this car isn’t for you but you’d still like an affordable yet well-built hybrid, the Honda Freed Hybrid 1.5g is value for money.
3. 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid – Ample Passenger Space and Convenient Features
With 47 mpg (city and highway), the Ford C-Max Hybrid is a major contender among high-quality hybrid vehicles. Though there’s plenty of passenger space with a five-seat interior, the cargo space is somewhat lacking. The back seat drops for extended trunk space if you have a particularly large load.
The gas-electric system is one of the most powerful in its class. Voice command makes hands-free music and phone calls safe and simple. Automatic parking is an added bonus. At $25,200, this is a decently priced option.
4. 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid – Smooth Driving and Comfortable Seating
The 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid features an electric motor, 4-cylinder engine, and electronically controlled, continuously variable transmission (ECTV). This facilitates a smooth and subtle transition from electric to gas power.
With 43 mpg city and 39 mpg highway, this vehicle is efficient enough to stand up to competitors. USB and auxiliary audio jacks and 10 safety airbags are standard features. The MSRP for this vehicle is between $26,140 and $27,670.
5. 2012 Nissan Leaf – All Electric Features that Drive Like Gasoline
The Nissan Leaf is an all-electric vehicle, meaning it uses no gasoline at all. If you’re serious about limiting your fuel consumption, this is the way to go. One of the most notable benefits of this vehicle is that it runs like a gasoline-powered car, despite its very different construction.
The vehicle can drive a maximum of 73 miles on one charge according to EPA tests. However, it may take up to 20 hours to fully recharge. The MSRP is $35,200 to $37,250, but fuel savings can quickly cover some of the difference between this and other hybrids.
6. 2013 Chevrolet Volt – All-Electric Options with Gas-Powered Features
If you want to go all-electric but you aren’t quite ready for the full commitment, the 2013 Chevrolet Volt is a smart option. This vehicle gives you an all-electric option, but still includes a 4-cylinder gas engine so you aren’t out of luck if you can’t recharge. The compact car seats only four and offers limited trunk space.
However, it gets 35 mpg city and 40 mpg highway with the gas engine, and a 98-mpg equivalent when it’s running on electricity. The downside is the MSRP of $39,145.
7. 2013 Ford C-Max Energi – Spacious Comfort with Electric Efficiency
The Ford C-Max Energi offers plenty of space, which is a rare feature in many hybrids. Drivers enjoy a high roof, comfortable five-passenger design, and more than 43 cubic feet of cargo space.
Running on gas, this vehicle gets an impressive 47 mpg. You can also switch over to electricity to nix your gas costs entirely. But an MSRP of $32,950 does make this a pricier option.
8. 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid – Comparable Mileage and Interior Comfort
This hybrid features a 4-cylinder, turbocharged engine and electric motor that give it 170 horsepower. The car gets 42 mpg city and 48 mpg highway, making it very competitive among other hybrid vehicles.
The spacious interior guarantees comfort, although cargo space is minimal. The biggest complaint for this vehicle is that it’s low on features for a car with a price tag of $31,180.
9. 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – Features and Fuel Efficiency on a Budget
A comfortable, roomy interior and complete complement of features make the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid a great option for its price tag of just $25,850. Bluetooth and USB ports offer plenty of convenience for tech use on-the-go.
The fuel efficiency display always lets you know what you’re saving, although some drivers found this feature a bit distracting. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid gets 34 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.
10. 2012 Toyota Prius V – Classic Prius Features with Added Room
The Prius has been a leader in eco-friendly cars for years, but the common complaint was a lack of space for larger groups and growing families. The 2012 Toyota Prius V gives you everything you love about the Prius with 60 percent more cargo room.
In addition to a more comfortable passenger space, you’ll also enjoy 34 cubic feet of luggage space. This environmentally friendly vehicle also boasts 134 horsepower along with 44 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. A price tag of $29,990 places this option squarely in the middle of its hybrid competitors.