Chevrolet’s fully revised 2016 Volt is the best green car for a family according to a recent assessment of all cars out there.
The results of a joint effort between Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com, the’ 10 “Best Family Cars of 2016″ list appears in the July issue of Parents Magazine.
The “extended-range electric” Volt is a compact-class car that’s unique in offering the highest range of pure electric driving, and surpasses all competitive plug-in hybrids by nearly twice the range or better.
Its 53-miles EPA-rated electric range surpasses the next-nearest 27-mile estimated range Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid and pending sibling Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid. When the battery depletes, the car seamlessly switches to being a hybrid and gets 42 mpg combined, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Both the Korean cars as well as the Ford Fusion Energi are midsized, have more back seat space than the Volt, but the Volt can keep off of gas longer per battery charge, which is the goal of plug-in hybrids.
Parents Magazine’s criteria in assessing vehicles weighed subjectively that a car is an extension of the home and “the place where we rehash our days, eat on-the-go meals, and spend quality time together,” said Parents Editor-in-Chief Dana Points.
Other factors are safety, and that a car offers a fun ride and relaxing environment for all family members.
The list of all 10 “Best Family Cars 2016” Follows:
• Best budget vehicle — Kia Soul ($15,800)
• Best green car — Chevrolet Volt ($25,720; after $7,500 federal tax credit)
• Best hatchback — Mazda 3 ($18,545)
• Best small sedan — Honda Civic ($18,640)
• Best sedan — Kia Optima ($21,990)
• Best wagon — Subaru Outback ($24,995)
• Best crossovers — Hyundai Tucson ($22,700) and Nissan Murano ($29,660)
• Best minivan — Toyota Sienna ($28,850)
• Best SUV — Honda Pilot ($30,145)
Consumer Affairs, Thanks to Brian Ro.