CNNMoney.com has a story about the 'greenest' cars of 2010. That's fantastic, but what they fail to mention is the list only includes the greenest cars available in the United States. They also don't include diesel-fueled cars, which are often more fuel efficient than the gasoline-fueled engines under our hoods. Of course, that could be due to the fact that diesel is more heavily taxed, pumped with expensive additives and not as readily available as gasoline. So much for breaking our addiction to foreign oil.
CNNMoney's top 10 list of the greenest gasoline-fueled cars sold in the United States is also light on American-made options. The list includes the Honda Civic GX, Toyota Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid, Smart ForTwo, Honda Insight, Ford Fusion/ Mercury Milan, Toyota Yaris, Nissan Altima Hybrid, Mini Cooper, Chevrolet Cobalt XFE, Hyundai Accent Blue and the Honda Fit.
Prices range from $9,970, for the Hyundai, to $28,180 for the Ford/ Mercury. The cars average 38.42 miles per gallon on the highway and 33.3 miles per gallon in the city, with the Toyota Prius besting the rest in the fuel efficiency category with 48 miles per gallon on the highway and 51 miles per gallon in the city.
Meanwhile, my husband and I just reserved a BMW 118D for our upcoming European vacation. Never heard of it? That's because this best-selling green car, a.k.a. winner of the World Green Carin 2008, isn't available in our country. That's a shame because it gets an average of 60 miles per gallon.
Wake up American auto-makers.