There were plenty of choices for green vehicles in 2010. If you’ve not yet purchased a new car, now could be the time to do so, as the model year comes to a close. Here are five great picks if you are looking for an environmentally friendly vehicle.
The 2010 Honda Insight is everything a hybrid car should be – great on gas plus easy on the wallet. Priced lower than the traditional leaders in the hybrid category, this car offers great styling, 43 mpg on the highway (40 mpg in the city), and a $19,800 price tag that’s easier on your budget as compared to many hybrids. It’s a great small car that still offers plenty of room for passengers.
If you’re looking for a non-hybrid vehicle that still gets great gas mileage and comes in a variety of styles, the 2010 Toyota Yaris could be the perfect choice. You’ll get 36 mpg on the highway (29 mpg in the city), regardless of whether you choose the 3-door liftback, 5-door liftback, or the 5-door sedan. This car has plenty of interior space and a sleek design that makes it a lot of fun to drive. Priced starting at only $12,605 for the 3-door liftback, it’s also a great value.
Ford Fusion Hybrid
The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid is a great choice if you are looking for a hybrid vehicle. It features great handling, stylish lines, and plenty of fuel savings. Priced starting at $19,695, it’s an economical choice for a roomy hybrid vehicle. With gas mileage rated at 41 mpg on the highway (36 in the city), it’s also easy on the environment and won’t cost you a lot in gasoline. This gas mileage is a big improvement over the 23 mpg/34 mpg of the standard Ford Fusion, especially if you drive primarily on the highway. The Fusion was redesigned for 2010, providing it with better fuel efficiency and more power. If you’re looking for a sedan that provides good gas mileage plus plenty of interior room, the 2010 Ford Fusion would be a good choice. This vehicle was also voted as the 2010 Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show, as compared to all cars, not just hybrids.
The 2010 Nissan Leaf is slated to be introduced in the United States late this year. If you’re looking for a totally electric plug-in vehicle, this is one to watch. Priced at around $25,000, this vehicle will provide up to 100 miles of emission-free driving. Since its all-electric, the Leaf doesn’t even have a tailpipe. The 100 mile range will of course vary depending on terrain and driving style, but it will comfortably fit the everyday driving needs of many everyday commuters. It also features great exterior and interior styling with a traditional Japanese look and feel that doesn’t scream “I’m a green vehicle.”
Of course no list of green vehicles would be complete without mentioning the 2010 Toyota Prius. It continues to be one of the greenest vehicles you can buy, providing great fuel economy and low emissions. Offering an impressive 51 mpg on the highway (48 mpg in the city), it’s the perfect choice for those who have a long commute each day. Priced starting at $22,800, it’s also an economical choice, especially considering the fuel savings.
Whichever green vehicle you choose, you’ll find that the state-of-the-art of these vehicles has really improved over the past few years. Gas mileage has continued to improve, along with power and family-friendly styling features. With more green vehicles to choose from than ever before, it’s hard to imagine not choosing one.