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Top 10 Best & Worst Green New Cars of 2015

Caring for the environment is not a bad thing. One of the ways to do your part is to drive an eco-friendly vehicle that gets great gas mileage.

Manufacturers have done a great job making several different makes models for you to choose from. However with “newer” technology, some of these vehicles are “greener” than others.

If you’ve been kicking around the idea of buying an earth friendly vehicle but not sure if you should get electric, hydrogen or CNG. Check out the lists below to see the best and worse green cars available in 2015.

The ranking of the vehicles below is based on Greenercars.org’s data. They are the Nation’s “go-to-guide” to environmentally friendly passenger vehicles and trucks. You can see more on how they determined the ratings of the vehicles at their website here.

Top 10 Best Rated Green Cars of 2015

RankMake and ModelSpecificationsEmission standard aMPG CityMPG HwyGreen Score
1Mercedez-Benz Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Conv. / Coupe 1,bElectric (Li-ion battery)ZEV / Bin 13.612.7761
2Chevrolet Spark EV bElectric (Li-ion battery)ZEV / Bin 13.813.2459
3Fiat 500E bElectric (Li-ion battery)ZEV / Bin 13.633.2159
4Toyota Prius C1.5 4, auto CVTSULEV II / Bin 3534657
5Nissan Leaf bElectric (Li-ion battery)ZEV / Bin 13.753.0157
6Toyota Prius Plug-in HybridElectric (Li-ion bat.) / 1.8L 4, auto CVTPZEV / Bin 33.90 / 513.04 / 4954
7Lexus CT 200 H1.8L 4, auto CVTSULEV II / Bin 2514854
8Honda Civic Hybrid1.8L 4, auto CVTBin 3444754
9Honda Civic Natural Gas1.8L 4, auto [CNG]PZEV / Bin 2273854
10Mitsubishi Mirage1.2L 3, auto CVTBin 5 / LEV II374454
[CNG] denotes compressed natural gas
[P] Denotes Premium Gasoline.
“Auto CVT” denotes continuously variable automatic transmission.
a A listing with two emission standards (e.g., Tier 2 Bin 2/ PZEV) denotes a single vehicle carrying both a federal and a California emission certification. Green Scores for such listings reflect the cleaner of the two certifications.
b Fuel economy for electric vehicles is provided in miles per kilowatt-hour.
c Fuel economy for plug-in hybrids is provided in miles per gallon for gasoline operation and in miles per kilowatt-hour for electric operation
1. The gasoline-powered version of this vehicle scores a 53
2. The non-plug in Prius also earns a Green Score of 54

Source: greenercars.org

Top 10 Worst Rated Green Cars of 2015

RankMake and ModelSpecificationsEmission standard aMPG CityMPG HwyGreen Score
1Ram 2500 (Class 2b) 1,25.7L 8, auto 4wdLEV II121717
2Chevrolet G2500 Express / GMC Savana (CARGO CONVERSION) (MDPV) 3, 4, 56.0L 8, autoBin 8 / ULEV II101518
3Bugatti Veyron8.0L 16, auto Awd [P]Bin 5 / LEV II81519
4Bentley Mulsanne6.8L 8, auto stk [P]Bin 5 / LEV II111821
5Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG5.5L 8, auto 4wd [P]ULEV II / Bin 5121421
6Mercedes-Benz G 5505.5L 8, auto 4wd [P]ULEV II / Bin 5121522
7Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe 66.7L 12, auto stk [P]Bin 5 / LEV II111923
8Lamborghini Aventador Roadster6.5L 12, auto Awd [P]Bin 5 / LEV II101623
9Toyota Sequoia FFV 75.7L 8, auto stk 4wdBin 5131723
10Lexus LX 5705.7L 8, auto stk 4wd [P]ULEV II / Bin 5121723
“auto stk” denotes manually adjustable automatic transmission
a. A listing with two emission standards (e.g., Tier 2 Bin 2/ PZEV) denotes a single vehicle carrying both a federal and a California emission certification. Green Scores for such listings reflect the cleaner of the two certifications.
1. The 2wd version of this vehicle earns a Green Score of 18
2. The ULEV version of this vehicle earns a Green Score of 21
3. The Tier 2-only versions of these vehicles (bin 8 ) also earn a Green Score of 18
4. The passenger versions of these vehicles earn a Green Score of 19
5. The 3500 version of these vehicles earn a Green Score of 19
6. The Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB also earns a Green Score of 23
7. The non-FFV version of this vehicle also earns a Green Score of 23

Source: greenercars.org

If you’re considering the purchase of a new green eco-friendly vehicle. Use an online service to get the best price and not have to worry about dealing with frontline car salesman at the dealership. I recommend Ryde Shopper and Motor Trend to request free no-obligation price quotes.

These companies will let you know what others are paying for the vehicle you’re considering, and also what dealers in your local area are more willing to discount the vehicle for you.