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Originally published in Interiors & Sources

04/18/2013

10 Best Green Cars of 2013

 
With the push toward sustainable green solutions, is it time to prepare for hybrid and electric cars at your facility?

2013 Tesla Model S

Kelly Blue Book (KBB) has released its list of best green cars for 2013.  With electric vehicles, renewable energy, and sustainability constantly appearing on every facility manager’s menu at the moment, these vehicle options may be worthy to note.  Is it time to start preparing your parking structures and facilities to handle the influx of green options?  Is early adoption worth it?  Are the correct incentives in place?  These are questions that will have to be handled by each facility and building, but KBB’s listings are interesting nonetheless.

Here are some of the key vehicles featured in the 10 best.  For a full listing, check here.

2013 Nissan Leaf
You won't find an all-electric car that offers a better balance of range, practicality, refinement and value than the 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 mpg: 88/90/89
Range: 265 miles

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

 

 
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