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April 20, 2017   |   Forbes


Celebrate Earth Day With The 'Greenest' Non-Electrified New Cars

Well it’s nearly Earth Day again, and in the spirit of environmentalism, simplicity, and sheer frugality, we’ve dug deep into the Environmental Protection Agency’s annual new-vehicle ratings to identify the 10 “greenest” and most fuel efficient non-hybrid or electric-powered rides on the road. Not only will their fuel-sipping ways save money at the pump, they’ll still leave behind a smaller carbon footprint than the average new model, but without the added cost and mechanical complexity of owning an electrified auto.

While as you might imagine, this list includes several economy-minded small cars, it also includes a few surprises in a handful of high-mileage diesel-powered luxury cars that include the sporty BMW 3 Series and Jaguar XE, and the midsize Jaguar XF sedan. Though Volkswagen may have tainted the market for diesel-powered vehicles, they remain more fuel efficient and deliver stronger acceleration than comparable gasoline-powered models. The leader here is the turbodiesel version of the compact Chevrolet Cruze, which is rated at a hybrid-like 42 mpg on the highway.

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