10 Best Green Cars of 2013 Revealed

The editors of Kelley Blue Book, a leading provider of new and used car information, have released the list of 10 Best Green Cars of 2013.

Now, several of the best-selling cars are being offered in hybrid, diesel or even pure electric form, giving buyers the ability to drive the car they want with the powertrain they prefer.

“After driving and testing nearly every new vehicle on the market today, our editors compiled a 10 Best Green Cars list that provides a roadmap for consumers looking to get more miles from each gallon of gasoline or to eliminate gasoline altogether,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com.

Sample selection of KBB.com’s 10 Best Green Cars of 2013

2013 Nissan Leaf

Nissan reduced the Leaf’s starting price by $6,000 for 2013, so after the $7,500 federal tax savings, you can go all-electric for about $22,000.

City/highway/combined mpge: 130/102/116

Range: 75 miles

2013 Tesla Model S

One could argue that the 2013 Tesla Model S is the electric car most likely to gain mainstream success. With blistering acceleration, distinct but tasteful styling, abundant interior space and an EPA-estimated 265-mile range, the Model S is among the coolest cars available, electric or otherwise.

City/highway/combined mpge: 88/90/89

Range: 265 miles

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2013 Tesla Model S

2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

While the badge might convey traditional luxury, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is a modern technological powerhouse on all fronts. From the hybrid powertrain to the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system to the sleek, coupe-like profile, Lincoln’s gas/electric mid-size sedan is as contemporary a vehicle we’ve seen from the automaker in a long time.

City/highway/combined mpg: 45/45/45

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

The first gas-electric Jetta is 1) a fun-to-drive European sedan that 2) returns 45 combined mpg and 3) starts under $26,000. The Jetta Hybrid is a triple threat that lets you go green and have fun at once.

City/highway/combined mpg: 42/48/45

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

The Toyota Avalon is all-new for 2013 and, thanks to the available gas-electric hybrid powertrain, one of the newest members of the 40 mpg club. If comfort per gallon were a thing, Avalon Hybrid might be king.

City/highway/combined mpg: 40/39/40

To see KBB.com’s full list of the 10 Best Green Cars of 2013, visit http://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/10-best-green-cars-2013/.

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