Kelley Blue Book, www.kbb.com, the leading provider of new car and used car information, named their 2009 picks for the Top 10 Green Cars. The coverage includes detailed EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers and editorial commentary on why each particular model made this year’s list.
This year’s Top 10 Green Cars list highlights some familiar faces, and the kbb.com editors again included a variety of vehicle shapes and sizes, because they recognize that not everyone who wants to get greener can go smaller. The editors considered characteristics like comfort, performance, utility and technology – not just fuel economy and price – in picking the winners.
In order of combined EPA-estimated fuel economy (average highway/city MPG) starting from the best is the 2010 Toyota Prius (50), 2010 Honda Insight (41), 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid (39), 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI (34), 2009 MINI Cooper (32),2009 Ford Escape Hybrid (32), 2009 Honda Fit (31), 2009 BMW 335d (27), 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid (26), and the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid (21).
On last year’s inaugural Top 10 Green Cars list, the kbb.com editors cited skyrocketing gas prices, a weak economy and growing environmental consciousness as the major reasons more car buyers were focusing on fuel economy.
“More than ever, we’re seeing a variety of environmentally friendly vehicles for the 2009 and 2010 model-years that offer intriguing technology. No matter what you or your family’s vehicle needs may be, we’re confident there is a ‘Green’ option available to suit your preferences and lifestyle,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book and kbb.com.”