There’s a Green Vehicle Fit for Everyone
- 21 May 2013
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Do you actually know what green means when it comes to automobiles? The term refers to a fully electric vehicle or a hybrid that has a traditional combustion engine to kick in as a back up to the electric motor. With the rising cost of fuel and a growth in environmental responsibility, it’s not just conservation enthusiasts who are considering green cars these days.
From teenagers to moms to grandfathers, the eco-friendly car is at the forefront of the auto world. If in the market to help save the Earth, you are sure to find the perfect fit for your personality and your pocketbook. Even if your credit is especially low, dealerships work with bad credit auto loans from AZ to NY. From sporty to outdoorsy to luxury, there are so many green cars to choose from.
If luxury is high-priority, Lincoln has got the green car for you. Included on Kelley Blue Book’s list of the 10 Best Green Cars of 2013 (1), the Lincoln MKZ is every inch the luxury car while being thoroughly green at the same time. This mid-sized sedan boasts an electric/gas hybrid powertrain as well as a high-tech infotainment system dubbed the “MyLincoln Touch” to give you all the perks of an extravagant car without the gas-guzzling tendencies.
Greenest of the Green
When the New York Times hails a car as “one of the most powerful and energy-efficient vehicles available”, you have to sit up and take notice, especially if you’re looking for the greenest of the green cars. Sure, the Honda Fit is a subcompact car, but that doesn’t take away from the comfort factor; four adults can ride with ease in Honda’s Fit. Added bonus: with a price tag of less than $17,000 it’s affordability applies to more than just the energy to power it.
Few other cars can match the fun-to-drive features of the typical European sedan, but the Volkswagen Jetta is the first to bring fun to the green table. According to Kelley Blue Book, the 2013 VW Jetta is the first hybrid Jetta and possibly the first green car to successfully pull off the hat trick of having stellar gas mileage (45 combined mpg), being a blast to drive and coming with a reasonable $26,000 price.
Zippity Doo Dah
The other family car of the 21st century still combines practicality with significant value, but gone are the days of the boat-like station wagon. Contemporary families who appreciate energy efficiency along with economy will love the Nissan Leaf. Entirely electric, this impressive four-door has plenty of power to zip the kids to school or soccer and take you on errands, and when it’s time for a recharge, Mother Earth News reports that the average cost of a full re-juicing will only run you a paltry $2.88.
Buying a car for the kids to tool around in is difficult because you want them safe and they want to look sharp. Steer clear of the subcompacts when you go car shopping; the Wall Street Journal notes that they don’t put a sufficient amount of metal between obstacles and teen drivers in the event of a collision.
That doesn’t mean counting out green cars altogether. The Ford C-Maxi Energi is just the right size car that has just the right amount (21 miles) of all-electric range. Teens can go to school, work and to hang out with the gang before even needing the gas engine to kick in.