The Most Eco-Friendly Cars
With high fuel prices, congested roads and the very future of civilisation in doubt due to vehicle emissions (well sort of), people are being encouraged to rely on alternative forms of transit as part of the ‘Dump the Pump’ initiative. Held on 16th June, the idea is to get drivers to use public transport as well as other modes of travel in order to address an over-reliance on oil and petrol.
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With this in mind, we’ve come up with a collection of the most environmentally-friendly cars in the world that just might prolong our planet’s existence. They might save you some money on your insurance too.
Toyota Prius C
This is the kind of vehicle that gets the eco-brigade frothing at the mouth. The Toyota Prius C was voted Eco-Friendly Car of the Year in 2016, due in part to the sheer amount of miles it can do per gallon. Its gas/electric hybrid engine is also rather easy on the environment too.
Nissan Versa Note
As one of the most affordable of the anti-petrol guzzlers, the Nissan Versa is exclusively gas-powered, relying on a relatively small 1.6 litre, four-cylinder engine. Unsurprisingly, the gas-mileage ratio is very high which means visits to the petrol
Diesel was recently denounced by leading eco-warriors as being a flawed alternative to petrol, despite a total lack of evidence. And the X3 demonstrates how economical the use of diesel can actually be with an EPA mileage estimate of 30 miles per gallon for the city and motorway combined. What this means is that you could travel up to 600 miles without refueling.
Lexus RX 450H
The 450H 4x4 is a continuation of its hybrid RX line which began in 2005. With a fuel economy of almost 45 miles per gallon and Co2 emissions of 14g per km, the RX 450H is thought to be one of the cleanest 4x4s currently available. It’s also very affordable.
Toyota Yaris Hybrid
Another Toyota here, this time it’s the ubiquitous Yaris. You can’t really get a more eco-friendly car of this size or type, what with a Co2 emission level of 79g per km and an amazing 76 miles per gallon. These eye-catching numbers are helped significantly by a 1.5 litre engine which is hooked up to a compact electric motor.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
It’s pretty clear that hybrid cars are the future when it comes to fuel economy, for the time being anyway. This is vividly illustrated by the Outlander PHEV which can deliver a staggering 148 miles per gallon. This 4wd plug-in hybrid, which can run also run on electricity for more than 30 miles, boasts Co2 emission of 44g/km.
The CX-5 is one of Mazda’s prize assets when it comes to efficiency and economy with and EPA-rated 29 combined miles per gallon. In fact, the CX-5 with its six-speed manual transmission and 2.5 litre four cylinder engine, is the most efficient non-hybrid SUV on the market.