When people talk about environmentally friendly cars, they usually mean electrics or hybrids. But according to the Automobile Association of America (AAA) Green Car Guide, clean diesels are a great option. In fact, five of their top ten green cars are diesels. “Clean” diesels, but diesels nonetheless. There are also three electrics and two hybrids on the list.
According to Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, "The field of green cars this year is the most competitive ever, so the fact that clean diesels ran away with 5 of the top 10 ratings is a great validation that clean diesel cars are really a great choice for consumers looking to make greener transportation choices." Of course he’s biased, but he wasn’t the one compiling the rankings. That was done by the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center. They looked at 83 different cars, including electrics, hybrids, clean diesels, CNG-powered cars, and partial zero emissions vehicles. Factors in their ranking included fuel economy, emissions, handling and acceleration. You can find the entire guide here, but the top ten cars are:
1 2013 Tesla S P85 (Electric)
2 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV (Electric)
3 2014 Audi A7 TDI Quattro (Clean Diesel)
4 2013 Lexus GS 450h (Hybrid)
5 2013 Nissan Leaf (Electric)
6 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid (Hybrid)
7 2014 Audi Q5 TDI Quattro Tiptronic (Clean Diesel)
8 2014 Audi A8 L TDI Quattro Tiptronic (Clean Diesel)
9 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC (Clean Diesel)
10 2014 Audi A6 TDI Quattro Tiptronic (Clean Diesel)
Admittedly, several of those are rather pricy (there won’t be a Tesla sitting in my garage any time soon—sigh), but it’s good to see so many options are out there.
[SOURCE Diesel Technology Forum]