Kelley Blue Book (KBB) has announced its choices for the Top 10 Green Cars of 2011 and the all-new, all-electric Nissan Leaf comes in as the greenest car in the nation. With a 99 mpg equivalent, the Nissan Leaf ousted 2010’s top green car, the 50-mpg Toyota Prius.
The Leaf's zero emissions wasn't the only reason it was named the greenest car of 2011. KBB also acknowledged the use of recycled materials in the vehicle. Old home appliances, used car parts and plastic bottles have been recycled into usable parts for the Leaf.
This greenest cars list looks quite different from last year’s with the introduction of several new fuel-efficient and electrified models during 2010. Only four vehicles from the 2010 list make an appearance this year: the Toyota Prius, Honda Insight, Ford Fusion Hybrid and Volkswagen Golf TDI. These vehicles were the top four in 2010 but have been pushed further down the list this year.
Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for KBB.com, comments on the changes:
“The sheer number and types of choices in the Green Cars category have grown remarkably in the last year, with new plug-in electrically driven vehicles alongside an increased number of traditional gasoline-powered cars with improved fuel economy, as well as hybrids and diesels.” Source: KBB
Top 10 Green Cars of 2011
- 2011 Nissan Leaf – 99 mpg equivalent
- 2011 Chevy Volt – 93 mpg equivalent
- 2011 Toyota Prius – 50 mpg combined
- 2011 Lexus CT 200h – 42 mpg combined
- 2011 Honda Insight – 41 mpg combined
- 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid – 39 mpg combined
- 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI – 34 mpg combined
- 2011 Hyundai Elantra – 33 mpg combined
- 2012 Fiat 500 – 33 mpg combined
- 2012 Ford Focus – 31 mpg combined