It’s easy to be green when you drive a car that’s up for the 2016 Green Car of the Year award by Green Car Journal. The eligible cars grow each year as the number of vehicles with top-notch fuel economy and reduced environmental impact increases. The finalists and winner are chosen by 11 panelists who assess cars based on factors including fuel efficiency, performance, affordability and environmental certifications.
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Finalist: Audi A3 E-Tron
Powertrain: Plug-in hybrid
Selected for: Delivers up to 19 miles of electric-only driving, plus hybrid mode for long-range trips.
Starting price: $37,900
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Finalist: Honda Civic
Powertrain: Conventional gasoline engine
Selected for: Hybrid-like fuel economy in appealing package, with many amenities and advanced electronics.
Starting price: $18,640
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Finalist: Toyota Prius
Selected for: Industry-leading hybrid technology, with improved driving dynamics in a redesigned model.
Starting price: $24,200
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Finalist: Hyundai Sonata
Powertrain: Conventional gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions
Selected for: Distinctive styling combined with 43 highway miles per gallon for hybrid models, while plug-in hybrid gets 24 miles of electric-only range, plus gas engine for longer trips.