AAA Green Car Guide

Each year, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center produces the AAA Green Car Guide, which reviews and ranks electric, hybrid, alternative fuel, and clean-diesel vehicles, as well as fuel-efficient gasoline-powered vehicles and those that emit low levels of smog-forming pollutants. For 2016, a total of 81 vehicles were evaluated.

To determine the best vehicles in the AAA Green Car Guide, each vehicle is scored on 13 attributes, including fuel economy, emissions rating, visibility, and handling. Once the scores are totaled, the vehicles are ranked from highest to lowest.

Here are the top 10 scoring vehicles for this year’s guide:

Rank Vehicle Score
1 2015 Tesla Model S 70D 92.49
2 2014 BMW i3 88.47
3 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium 87.09
4 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Premium 83.49
5 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 81.96
6 2015 Kia Soul EV + 81.16
7 2015 BMW 328d M Sport 81.07
8 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 80.17
9 2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Advance 79.32
10 2016 Nissan Leaf SL 79.15


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