As if the process of searching for a new vehicle wasn’t already fraught with seemingly endless makes, models, comfort and convenience options, many of today’s automotive consumers also consider how the purchase is going to impact the environment. The list published by TotalCarScore.com, an automotive research and comparison website, outlines and ranks the top model year alternative-fuel and hybrid vehicles available in 10 categories to help consumers narrow down their choices.
The website’s editor-in-chief equates shopping for a hybrid or alternative-fuel vehicle like shopping for a smartphone, due to all the different products available on the market. He hopes, Total Car Score’s rankings will help make a process a little easier.
“That is why we compiled this list - to give car buyers who know they want an alternative fuel vehicle a better idea of the top offering in each category," says Karl Brauer.
The top vehicles on the Total Car Score list, by category, are: the Honda Civic
(hybrid) in sport coupe and convertibles; the Volkswagen Golf
(diesel) in compact sedans and wagons; the Toyota Camry
(hybrid) in mid-size sedans and wagons; the Buick Lacrosse
(hybrid) in large sedans and wagons; the Lincoln MKZ
(hybrid) in entry-level luxury sedans and wagons; the Mercedes-Benz E-Class
(diesel) in luxury sedans and wagons; the Lexus LS
(hybrid) in ultra luxury cars; the Volkswagen Touareg
(diesel) in mid-size SUVs and crossovers; the Toyota Highlander
(hybrid) in large SUVs and crossovers; and the Lexus RX
(hybrid) in luxury SUVs and crossovers.
With most automobile manufacturers currently offering at least one alternative-fuel model, Brauer says that the number of choices is bound to increase in the years ahead.
“In the very near future, offering a range of drivetrains, with at least one alternative fuel option, is going to be the norm, not the exception,” he says.
Total Car Score ranks automobiles based on a comprehensive system where each vehicle is evaluated on industry-wide standards. More information on Total Car Score and its rating system or a particular vehicle is available at the company website