It’s that time of year again: Kelley Blue Book has announced its top ten picks for the greenest cars of 2010. Going beyond simple fuel efficiency, the people at Kelley Blue Book had a specific set of criteria for any car hoping to make the coveted list: “To be considered for the green Top 10, each vehicle was required to offer fuel economy and CO2 emissions superior to the bulk of vehicles in its class and at the same time provide all the safety, creature comforts and driving enjoyment that would make it pleasant to own.”
Many familiar names appear on the list, as Kelley Blue Book wanted to focus more on cars that are widely available to the general public. Thus, no electric or hydrogen-powered cars were mentioned. Hybrids, though, were a big winner, making up more than half of the list. Diesels and smaller gas powered cars rounded out the bunch.
Despite the recall scandal, Toyota still managed to snag the number one spot with their Prius model. Not just for their impressive fuel economy, but additional eco-friendly extras like solar powered ventilation system, put it on top.
To see how your car stacks up (or to decide which green car to buy!), the full list is as follows, with their average miles per gallon:
- 2010 Toyota Prius | 50 mpg (51 city, 48 highway)
- 2010 Honda Insight | 41 mpg (40 city, 43 highway)
- 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid | 39 mpg (41 city, 36 highway)
- 2009 VW Jetta SportWagen TDI | 34 mpg (30 city, 41 hwy)
- 2009 MINI Cooper | 32 mpg (28 city, 37 highway)
- 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid | 32 mpg (34 city, 31 highway)
- 2009 Honda Fit | 31 mpg (28 city, 34 highway)
- 2009 BMW 335d | 27 mpg (23 city/36 highway)
- 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid | 26 mpg (27 city, 25 highway)
- 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid | 21 mpg (21 city, 22 hwy)
Read the full article at KBB Green here.