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The Ultimate Green Car Buyer’s Guide, 2012

With 54 great green cars that get 35 mpg or better, car buyers interested in fuel economy now have more options than ever. 


Compiled by Megan E. Phelps, John Rockhold,
Hannah Kincaid,
Emily Glover,
Bradley Berman and Zach McDonald

When choosing the vehicles for this section, we started with one simple criterion: Which cars on the market today are rated at 35 mpg or better, whether for the city, the highway or both? Just a few years ago, that would have been a mighty short list. But when we started checking the numbers, we easily came up with more than 50 vehicles from the 2012 model year. And while you’ll quickly discover a recurring theme (think compact), there is a surprising range of options.

In this guide you’ll find it all, from practical economy models to luxury dream machines. You’ll also find the full range of fuel options available for vehicles today: gasoline and diesel, hybrid and pure electric, fuel cell and natural gas. Some of these vehicles are not yet widely available, but altogether it’s a comprehensive picture of current options for high-mpg cars.