Just in time for Earth Day, Kelley Blue Book editors picked the 10 Best Green Cars of 2014 to assist eco-friendly drivers in the market for a new vehicle.
While Honda was the only brand to have two models included, taking the top spot on this annual list for 2014 was the all-new, all-electric BMW i3.
Each year, the KBB.com editors compile a list of the most efficient vehicles available and then pick 10 standouts featuring a variety of price ranges and powertrains.
More than just a compilation of the most fuel-efficient vehicles, KBB insisted the list also takes into account production methods and recyclability, and the editors try to seek vehicles appropriate for varying lifestyles. With more environmental-focused models available every year, choosing the 10 best among the pack is proving to be a challenging task.
“Each year both the quantity and quality of ‘green’ cars is improving, offering a growing number of choices for environmentally friendly buyers at a wider range of prices,” said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book.
“The all-new BMW i3 is our top pick this year,” Nerad continued. “Built at an ecologically friendly plant, the i3 is offered in all-electric and gasoline-assisted range-extender versions, and it features an ultra-light carbon-fiber body to help squeeze maximum range from its battery pack. Its interior boasts plenty of recycled materials and door panels formed from visible natural fibers.”
KBB.com’s 10 Best Green Cars of 2014
1. BMW i3
2. Nissan Leaf
3. Toyota Prius
4. Honda Accord Hybrid
5. Tesla Model S
6. Chevrolet Volt
7. Ford C-Max Hybrid
8. Honda Civic CNG
9. Lexus ES 300h
10. Volkswagen Jetta TDI