Only a few years ago, seeing an electric or hybrid car on the freeway was like spotting a Ferrari: worth slowing down to check it out. Today, you can hardly cross a busy parking lot without having to dodge a quiet-running Prius or a Tesla. Green cars are seemingly everywhere in the marketplace, with automakers rushing to offer new models in this segment. How are motorists to judge which clean vehicle is best for them?
You’ll find the answers in the AAA Green Car Guide, our sixth annual look at the many options for environmentally friendly vehicles. The dedicated staff at the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center evaluated dozens of low-emissions vehicles using 13 criteria. The resulting guide explains the differences between various types of green cars, along with the pros and cons of 81 models, to help you make informed choices on your next purchase.
The AAA Green Car Guide recognized winners in six vehicle categories and three price ranges, and named the top-scoring green car for 2016: the Tesla Model S 70D. Interestingly, while four of the top five overall winners were electrics, fifth place went to a surprisingly thrifty gasoline-powered vehicle. Top winners received an environmentally friendly trophy made of sustainable bamboo and recycled aluminum.
The guide is free for members. To download a PDF version, simply visit AAA.com/greencar. At the website, you also can research green cars based on vehicle type and price range. And, after choosing your own green winner, AAA’s free Car Buying Service can help you save up to thousands of dollars on your next purchase.
So when you’re ready for your next green car, look to AAA as your source for well-researched options. The AAA Green Car Guide is just another way that we are looking out for our members by providing a trusted source of automotive information.