Thursday, January 13, 2011

“Vrooming” into 2011 in a Fuel Efficiently Way

I’m driving a 13-year-old Honda Civic…one that’s probably on its last leg. No….Santa didn’t leave me anything with a big red bow in my driveway. Drat!

I’ve got to say, I do like the wonderful world of no car payment. But at 13 years, harsh reality is starting to set in that I might need to start checking out some other vehicular options sometime in 2011.

I’m sure it goes without saying, given I write a “green” blog, that I’m going to want something that’s environmentally (and economically) sound.

The Daily Green & Dan Shapley have lent a helping hand with their “Most Fuel Efficient Cars of 2011” article at In it, they focus on not only electric cars (which are exciting, but might not be the best bet with for my bank account even WITH the tax incentives that come with it), but they also focus on ones that get gas mileage at better-than-30-mpg. This most certainly might be my first stop on my new-car quest.

Their Top Cars:
  • Electric cars: Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Tesla Roadster 
  • Hybrids: Honda Civic Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Lexus CT 200h, Honda Insight (hatchback), Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, Mercury Milan Hybrid, Honda CR-Z Hybrid, Nissan Altima Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota Prius, Lexus HS 250, Ford Escape Hybrid, Mercury Mariner Hybrid 
  • Petites: Fiat 500, Smart Fourtwo Cabriolet, Smart Fourtwo Coupe, Mini Cooper, Mini Cooper Clubman, Mini Cooper Countrymen 
  • Others: Ford Fiesta, Mazda 2, Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent, Kia Forte Eco, Nissan Sentra 
  • Diesel: Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Volkswagen Golf TDI, Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI, Audi 3 TDI 
Be sure to visit the link for car prices, average gas costs for the year per car, and annual Co2 emissions along...not to mention a snapshot of each!

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