There is no large automobile maker that doesn’t have environmentally friendly cars in their lineup. For those who don’t, development is either ongoing or at the planning stage. Why? Because ‘green cars’ are here to stay. The top eco-friendly cars are mostly electric or hybrids and it’s not a secret why these cars lead the ranks. Electric cars are built to be as environmentally friendly as possible. So don’t be surprised to see that our list is mostly electric, it’s expected.
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Most Environmentally Friendly Cars
2020 Toyota Prius Eco
Toyota Prius is one of those nameplates that clearly and easily stand out as eco-friendly cars. For about 20 years, this model car hasn’t failed to live up to expectations – and even go beyond. For 2020, the Prius has an improved infotainment touchscreen embedded with loads of tech. There is also a spacious cargo and cabin and the car generally provides a comfortable ride. If you are looking for an environmentally friendly car, the Toyota Prius is a great choice.
2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
The 2020 model of the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid was built to rival its competitors. And the challenge is fierce. The base Blue trim now has an 8-inch touchscreen that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The higher trims have a bigger touchscreen (10.25 dimension), LED headlights, power-folding mirrors, wireless phone charging, and more. The SmartSense safety system also comes with a collection of very useful safety features. Compared to its main rival, the Prius, Ioniq has a better range, is lower-priced and has a better warranty.
2020 Kia Niro
4 years and counting, Kia Niro continues to stay relevant as one of the top environmentally friendly cars you’d find. It also makes a great choice if an excellent fuel economy is what you need. What has been added to improve the Kia Niro for 2020? Several enhancements have been added to increase the overall appeal of the car. The 2020 model year now has an adaptive cruise control system and automatic high beam. Its touchscreen also went from being 7-inch in size to 8inch. But you can get a 10.25-inch if you prefer a bigger screen.
2020 Honda Insight
According to results from testing by Greener Cars to determine the greenest and meanest cars, Honda Insight does pretty well. Insight has a green score rating of 64 for the 2020 model year. This score is just 2 places shy of the top spot occupied by Toyota Prius. At 52 miles per gallon, Honda Insight ensures better fuel economy than most cars in its class. Of the 3 available trims, you might want to opt for the EX model as it has better fuel economy and more standard features.
2020 Toyota Prius Prime
Unarguably the top-most eco-friendly car you’d find out there, Toyota Prius Prime. If you mostly take short trips, you can go long periods without having to buy fuel with this car. This is because the all-electric mode can get you up to 25 miles of range. And even if you have to switch to the gas-powered engine, Prime has excellent fuel-sipping ratings. So, either way, you spend little or nothing to get around – and the fact that the Prius is less harmful to the environment is a plus.
2020 Nissan Leaf
This car is high up when it comes to electric vehicle sales charts. It doesn’t come as a surprise that it is also environmentally friendly. This model year’s design offers more range, several standard driver assistance features, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and comfortable and quiet driving experience. The base trim of the Nissan Leaf is quite affordable compared to other cars in its class. Snap up this car and you get a range of about 150 miles with a fair 147 horsepower motor. Need more power and miles? Get the Leaf Plus.
2020 Tesla Model S
If you’re looking for a luxury electric car that has an above-average ‘relationship’ with the environment, the Model S won’t be a bad idea. But you best be ready to spend that cash. It is no secret that its price is a dealbreaker for many people. Tesla Model S is a quickfire car, accelerating quickly like one who’s behind is on fire. Drivers get access to Tesla’s Supercharge network, and the electric range is better experienced than imagined. It’s a huge irony (and a let down) that the 17-inch infotainment system has no place for Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, but there is an Autopilot driving system.
Mini Cooper SE
Mini makes its EV debut with the Mini Cooper SE whose strongest point is in the styling, not the range. The electric motor provides 181 horsepower which is below standard among notable EVs. But the Mini Cooper charges extremely fast, bagging 80% charge in about 30 minutes. A connected app on your phone lets you stay updated on car information such as charging status, range, real-time navigation, vehicle finder, and more.
With an additional 21 miles in range for the 2020 model year, Bolt gets an impressive 259 miles of range on a full charge. For a vehicle that looks small, Chevy Bolt has ample interior space. It’s quite affordable, is linked to the MyChevrolet mobile app which provides useful car info, has an 8-year warranty, and a 200-horsepower. This Chevrolet EV is a great pick for an environmentally friendly car.
If you own a Honda Clarity PHEV and have access to a hydrogen refuelling station, you can get as much as 360 miles of range. Clarity has got more range than most other cars in its class. As a result of this, you can go on for days or weeks without having to use the gas-powered engine. Apart from the wealth of good it does to your pocket, it’s a very friendly gesture to the environment. The lesser you need the gas engine the better the environment. Overall, Honda Clarity is a great, comfortable car to drive. It’s not big on tech though and the touchscreen can be a tad difficult to use. And its acceleration is certainly not the best out there.