Best Eco-Friendly Rides of the Year

Eco-friendly vehicles produce significantly less pollution than internal combustion engine-driven models, such as electric vehicles that do not produce any tailpipe emissions and hybrid electric cars with small gasoline engines for improved fuel economy.

Carpooling, where multiple passengers share one vehicle for shorter trips, and public transit also help minimize environmental impact by transporting more people at once.

1. Hyundai Ioniq Electric

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq Electric immediately impresses with its refined, modern beauty. The proportions are well balanced while every curve conveys power smoothly and efficiently.

It’s also easy to drive. Unlike some other EVs, which may require practice before mastering them, the Ioniq’s steering is light and precise, and its accelerator pedal requires little or no effort when used for acceleration.

An Ioniq Electric with 168 horsepower single motor rear drive can travel an estimated driving range of 220 miles according to EPA estimates, while its larger 320hp all-wheel dual motor version offers an estimated driving range of 266 miles – making it one of the farthest driving EVs under $60,000.

With special access to HOV lanes and full electric mode capabilities, the Ioniq Electric car is perfect for commuters and road trippers alike. Its regenerative braking system captures energy for later use while its 100kW charging station makes charging fast – in only 54 minutes it will fully charge!

2. Kia Niro

Kia hopes to add style and panache to its green lineup with the 2023 Niro, drawing inspiration from its HabaNiro concept car. It features boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights as well as “Aero Blade” panels on the rear quarters for contrast coloring. Inside is also filled with sustainable materials; cargo capacity even rivals small compact SUVs!

Niro Hybrid models feature a four-cylinder engine producing 139 horsepower and electric motor driving the front wheels via a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, producing 53 mpg combined fuel economy – on par with Toyota Prius hybrid models. When upgraded to Niro PHEV model you gain access to 33 miles of pure electric driving range according to EPA estimates.

Kia’s EV6 outshines the Niro in terms of maximum driving range, but may make for an attractive alternative with its traditional packaging and lower price point.

3. Nissan Leaf

Since 2004, Nissan’s Leaf has been one of the most beloved electric vehicles on the market, thanks to its low price point and generous $7,500 federal tax credit. Today it remains an excellent way for many buyers to transition into EV ownership.

The 2023 Leaf is available in two models, S and SV Plus. The latter features a 62.0-kWh battery pack with an electric motor producing 214 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque; it can accelerate from zero to 62mph in 7.9 seconds, and should cover an estimated range of 168 miles on one charge.

The LEAF is compact and maneuverable, making it easy to navigate city traffic and locate parking on city streets. The interior is comfortable, with an 8-inch infotainment system offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility; additionally, its Tekna trim comes with surround view camera capability, intelligent lane keeping technology and access to NissanConnect EV services that enable remote start charging of certain features or control of some features remotely.

4. Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius cars have long been revered as leaders in eco-friendliness. Unfortunately, some buyers were turned off by its dorky look; now with its improved design and increased power capabilities it’s more attractive than ever!

Fuel economy remains its hallmark, but the Prius Prime also delivers better handling than previous models and even offers the capability to drive entirely on battery power for short journeys.

Toyota completely revamped their fifth-generation Prius for 2023, giving it sleek new styling that stops people in their tracks and turns heads. Inside it feels normal too – with above average interior materials for an eco-car of this price range. Furthermore, its long driving range and ability to access HOV lanes make it an attractive commuter or road trip vehicle option, with front wheel drive models also boasting spacious cargo holds and comfortable adult rear seating positions; limited trim adds power liftgate capability plus some of XLE’s features as standard!

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