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Praise be the good people over at Kelley Blue Book for they have done the mother globe a good one. They have identified the 10 greenest cars of 2013.

  • The $35,925 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid makes the list for rating 45 miles per gallon in the highway, city, and combined (yes, all three). The 200-horsepower MKZ Hybrid can reach 62 miles per hour without sipping any gas whatsoever.
  • The ninth car on the list it the semi-luxurious Toyota Avalon Hybrid that boasts a 40 miles per gallon combined. The $35,559 Avalon Hybrid is a pretty thing too featuring a moonroof, wood-grain trim, heated front seats, and a touch-screen entertainment center.
  • Next is the 2013 Honda (HMC) Fit EV. With a single-charge range of 83 miles, it rates a ridiculous 132 city, 105 highway, 118 combined. Unfortunately, you cannot buy the Fit EV; it is only available for leasing.
  • Returning to more earthlike fuel efficiency figures is the 2013 Volkswagen 6 Hybrid that has earned 42 city, 48 highway, 45 combined. The $24,995 VW 6 Hybrid is one of the cheapest cars on the list.
  • Using a strange formula to calculate its fuel efficiency, the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi rates a 21 miles per gallon for the first 21 miles travelled on a single trip and 43 combined over the next 600 miles. The $32,950 Ford C-Max Energi has looks very similar to that of the Prius along with the same lack of charm.
  • Speaking of the Prius, the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In is the fifth car on KBB’s list. This $32,000 car uses a split efficiency rating as well by getting 95 mpge combined for the first 11 miles of a trip and 50 mpg combined for the next 529 miles.
  • The $31,645 2013 Chevrolet Volt is next on the list with its 98 mpge combined for the first 35 miles travelled and 37 mpg combined for the next 344 miles. The Volt’s single-charge range tops the range of all plug-in hybrids.
  • Rating a 110 miles per gallon city, 99 highway, and 105 combined, the 2013 Ford Focus Electric is a good buy at $32,900. The Focus Electric and its 76-mile electric charge range earned the third spot on the list.
  • Sitting pretty (very pretty, actually) in second place on the list is the multi-award-winning 2013 Tesla Model S. Its electric charge range of 200 miles and miles per gallons equivalency ratings of 94 miles per gallon city, 97 highway, and 95 combined make the $52,400 Model S a real beast that the other players in the electric vehicle world simply have to reckon with.
  • The greenest car on the list is the 2013 Nissan LEAF. Though it has the most self-satisfied name on the list, its $21,300 starting price, 73-mile electric charge range, and miles-per-gallon ratings of 106 city, 92 highway, 99 combined ensure that the LEAF is deserving of its KBB ranking.

About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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