With the growing threat of global climate change and pollution, we all want to do what we can to make a difference. One of the best ways to do this is to drive an environmentally friendly car that is electric, hybrid or highly fuel efficient. This guide is here to help, highlighting four of the most environmentally friendly cars that are currently on the market. Buckle up and be part of the solution.
2020 Honda Clarity Plug-In
This hybrid vehicle is an environmentally friendly dream car. This is a good hybrid that handles well and accelerates decently with all sorts of high-tech safety features inside to make sure you stay secure on the road. These days staying safe should be a priority for anyone. There can often be the misperception that hybrid or electric cars skimp on safety features and this certainly isn’t the case, as the Clarity proves. In addition, fuel economy is a big winner on this car: it can drive up to 47 miles on one charge which is a very good number for a plug-in hybrid car.¹
2018 Chevy Bolt
The 2018 Chevy Bolt is a keeper from several years ago, starting at around $36,000 new, but much less if you buy it used. The Bolt gets 119 miles per gallon and can drive 238 miles before it needs a recharge—which is up to four hours driving around before you need to plug it in and recharge. Don’t let the fact that is an electric vehicle fool you, the Bolt is a powerful car for its size that can get you where you need to go with no trouble at all and some style as well. It hugs the curves and makes driving a pleasure. In addition, the Bolt has a spacious interior and drives and handles well with a considerable 200 horsepower.²
2020 Kia Niro Plug-In
The 2020 Kia Niro Plug-in hybrid is a great little car that racks up to 49 miles per gallon and can drive 26 miles on an electric only range. The 2019 Niro can drive 239 miles after being fully charged and the 2020 is likely the same or better. In addition to the amazing fuel savings, the amount of space you get in the Niro is excellent, especially considering it is the subcompact category. Although it doesn’t come with all-wheel drive and the acceleration is not as impressive as on some other electric vehicles, the Niro is still a solid choice that has all the latest features for the 2020 version.³
Mini Cooper SE Electric
The 2020 Mini Cooper SE Electric certainly deserves a place on this list. It’s classy styling and low price point makes it an attractive choice for many buyers looking to enter the electric car market. In fact, the starting price of this car is only $29,990. It accelerates from 0 to 6 in under 7 seconds and can reach a maximum speed of 93 miles per hour.⁴ This car can get the job done and then some and is likely to please fans of the Mini Cooper line of vehicles who want to do a little bit extra for the environment this time around. The Mini Cooper SE Electric is a solid choice and you can drive it knowing you’re also doing your part for the environment.⁵
When you’re ready to start shopping for a hybrid or electric car of your own, make sure to be on the lookout for specials and deals at local dealerships. Also, read reviews from drivers and professional reviewers to help find out which environmentally friendly car is best for you.