Kelley Blue Book released its list of the Top 10 Green Cars of 2010, which included several vehicles from last year's collection as well as some promising newcomers, such as the Volkswagen Golf TDI and the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid.
To be considered for the Top 10 Green Cars of 2010 list, each vehicle was required to offer fuel economy and CO2 emissions superior to the bulk of vehicles in its class, and at the same time provide all the safety, creature comforts and driving enjoyment that would make it pleasant to own.
"Whether car shoppers' top motivations are to save the planet or just save some greenbacks, there are many enjoyable green vehicle options available in the marketplace now, with more exciting models coming down automakers' product pipelines in the near future," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com.
"From conventional gasoline-powered fuel sippers to hybrids to diesels, we think car shoppers will be impressed with the variety in vehicle types and sizes, as well as the vast array of various technologies, available on the market for the green-minded consumer today, as showcased in our Top 10 Green Cars of 2010 list," he said.
KBB's Top 10 Green Cars for 2010 list (all vehicles model year 2010):
1. Toyota Prius - 50 mpg (51 city, 48 highway)
2. Honda Insight - 41 mpg (40 city, 43 highway)
3. Ford Fusion Hybrid - 39 mpg (41 city, 36 highway)
4. Volkswagen Golf TDI - 34 mpg (30 city, 42 highway)
5. MINI Cooper - 32 mpg (28 city, 37 highway)
6. Ford Escape Hybrid - 32 mpg (34 city, 31 highway)
7. Honda Fit - 31 mpg (28 city, 35 highway)
8. BMW 335d - 27 mpg (23 city, 36 highway)
9. Toyota Highlander Hybrid - 26 mpg (27 city, 25 highway)
10. Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid - 22 mpg (21 city, 22 highway)