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Top Ten Green Cars Coming in 2012

For those who are looking for an eco-friendly vehicle this year, there are some great cars on the market. The benefits of these cars are astounding, and you’ll feel better for being one of the people responsible for changing the way the world works today. Read the following information to find the right eco-friendly ride for you.

Honda Civic Natural Gas: This is named the 2012 Green Car of the Year by the Green Car Journal of 2012. It has a short wheelbase, which leads to increased low-end torque so it is very fun to drive. It remains smooth at highway speeds, and with this car, you are eligible for using it in the HOV lane in may states. Also, it is a very low-cost vehicle as you only have to buy natural gas for it.

Nissan Leaf: According to, this car has a top speed of 90 mph and a good amount of torque. It is said to have solid braking. This makes it a good choice for metro-bound consumers, as well as eco-friendly drivers.

Ford Focus Electric: This is Ford’s first all-electric passenger car. It has a top speed of 84 mph, but has limited range. To combat this, you can get a MyFord Mobile navigation app that allows the owner to remotely locate charging stations, preheat or cool the car, and start and stop the car.

VW Passat TDI: This is a clean diesel-powered vehicle. It is great for the highway driver because it handles road irregularities well and is very smooth and quiet. It doesn’t drive as well in the city because it doesn’t handle as well as other cars, but the brake system is very responsive. It has great fuel economy and only an 18.5 gallon tank.

Mitsubishi i: This car feels more stable than most small cars when cornering. The car tops out at 81 mph and has a range of 75 miles on a full charge. This car is said to be a very in-town efficient vehicle, and it has a very distinctive style.

Toyota Prius V: This car feels very safe and handles well. It has three distinct driving modes, or power modes, for regular driving, passing situations, and hill climbing. It is also much roomier than past models.

Lexus CT 200h: The Lexus CT is has a design similar to the Prius. However, its key feature is its Sports mode, which allows you to drive at good speeds, and adds sharpened steering and full throttle to your ride. Driving it in sport mode cuts down on its fuel efficiency, however.

Chevrolet Volt: When driving this car in all-electric mode, the ride is quiet and smooth. It is stable, solid, and has a five-star safety rating. The car has a 300-mile long range, but of course this means it costs more too.

Honda Insight EX with Navigation: Hondas have had a good overhaul this year, which makes it a good time to buy. This model is getting a lot of attention for its improved navigation system. It is also quiet in spite of having a 98-horespower engine.

Ford Fusion Hybrid: This car easily transitions between gas and electric power. If you keep the car on electric mode, you can go 47 mpg. It has also has 700-mile range. It has also been reviewed as being incredibly smooth.


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The Best Seven Hybrid Cars Coming in 2012

The following cars were ranked as this year’s best hybrid cars by U.S. News. They were selected from hybrid cars and sedans that were generally priced between $20,000 and $30,000. Their rank is a result of in-depth analysis of all published ratings, reviews, and test drive information. The seven best on the list are as follows:

7. 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid

The 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid has decent ratings on the fuel economy it provides, although it has been criticized for looking too “bland” both inside and out. It also is losing out because it generally ‘doesn’t feel as refined’ as the cars offered by competitors.

6. 2012 Toyota Prius V

Buyers looking for great fuel economy should look closely at this hybrid. It is basically a more “family oriented” form of the 2012 Toyota Prius. It has more cargo space and backseat legroom, child-safety features, and seats five.

5. 2012 Toyota Prius

This year’s Toyota Prius is the fastest and best-handling car this year. Its excellent fuel economy ratings have also made it one of the hottest cars on the market right now. This year it has had quite a few revisions to its exterior and has more standard equipment. Its new multimedia system is also winning it some attention.

4. 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid

The Toyota Camry Hybrid of 2012 has had a total overhaul, which now makes it one of the best midsize hybrid cars on the market. This car is said to have beaten the #1 on our list, the Ford Fusion Hybrid, in both efficiency and drivability.

3. 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

This model of car is highly ranked thanks to its good fuel economy and smooth transmission. It also has a long list of standard features. One of the best benefits is that the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is that it comes with a lifetime battery warranty.

2. 2012 Chevrolet Volt

The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is has been chosen as one of the most impressive cars on the market because of its excellent fuel economy. This may be the best car to choose if you live in California. Residents in the state can drive solo in the state’s high-occupancy vehicle lanes with this car because of its low emission features, and the residents can also qualify for a $1,500 dollar rebate for this year’s model.

1. 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid

This car was given the rank of “2012 Best Hybrid Car for the Money” and “2012 Best Hybrid Car for Families.” According to, the transitions between electric and gas power are very smooth, and it is possible to coax almost 700 miles out of one tank of gas in this car.


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Toyota To Expand Into Hybrid Truck Market

2012 Toyota TundraThe CAFE regulations are used in America to set the fuel efficiency and pollution standards that automakers must meet. By 2025, most cars will have to meet an average mpg of 54.5. The regulations are not so intense for trucks, but automakers must improve their performance as well. Most automakers believe that hybrid technology is the true path to fuel efficiency, so it only makes sense for Toyota to move into the hybrid truck market.

Toyota is working with Ford Motors to produce the technology needed for a hybrid pickup truck. The head of Toyota’s global research and development, Takeshi Uchiyamada, told reporters recently that the two firms hope to finish the hybrid pickup system by the end of 2012. It may appear in mass production as early as the 2014 model if final development goes smoothly. The current plan is for Toyota to release its version first, then Ford will follow later in the same model year. Currently, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 both offer a hybrid option.

A hybrid Toyota Tundra is a great answer to detractors who believe that hybrid cars Toyota Prius are small and underpowered; not meant for use as tough everyday work vehicles.

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