Kelley Blue Book Announces 2009 Top Green Cars

Kelley Blue Book, a leading consumer information website, announced its 2009 picks for the Top 10 Green Cars. Hybrid gas-electric cars top the list that also includes two small cars and two diesel engine vehicles.

2010 Toyota Prius

Kelly Blue Book gave the 2010 Toyota Prius the number one ranking in its new list of Top Green Cars.

The top three “greenest” models are new models. The 2010 Toyota Prius, offering a combined 50-mpg rating, has more power, a slicker design, and more features than its predecessor. The 2010 Honda Insight, rated at 41 mpg, has a price advantage over all other hybrids. And the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, with city mileage at 41 mpg, arrives with new exterior styling.

The editors not only considered fuel economy and price, but also characteristics like comfort, performance, utility and technology. The winners represent a range of vehicle sizes from small cars like the Honda Fit to the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid, a gas-electric pickup truck.

Other winners include the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI and BMW 335d, both diesels; the 2009 Mini Cooper; and two hybrid SUVS, the Ford Escape Hybrid and Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

“Despite the decline in auto sales and the stabilization of gas prices in recent months, we still think many new-car shoppers are interested in buying vehicles that are more fuel-efficient and better for the environment,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. In a press release, KBB notes, “2009 is shaping up to be a banner year for fuel efficiency.” Unfortunately, the economic downturn that has affected all auto sales has also hurt sales of green models. Yet, many consumers expect the current reprieve from last year’s high gas prices to be short-lived.

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  • sean t

    At least there’s an american car in the top three. Not a GM though.

  • Ross Nicholson

    People do not realize that we can do quite a bit more on this front than we’re currently doing. 50 mpg is not that good. I cooked up a little electric car in my garage that gets 1222 mgp. OK, it is just a 500 watt motor and a Dutch velomobile, but it is comfortable for short distances (once you get in it).

  • Bert Nissel

    GM is history, too slow to react.
    Yesterday I drove the Honda Insight, Wow
    I am still waiting for the 2010 Prius for a test drive.

    Don’t buy a car the same day, give them you Phone # and wait for calls with offers. also ask before signing the contract for free oil & filter for the life of the car.

    It worked two times for me.
    Also I saved $3000.00 on a Scion, took plane from Reno to Orange County, CA and drove back the same day.
    Don’t be afraid to deal, it is a buyers market.

  • Dan Lauber

    What readers probably don’t know is that Honda has been ahead of the curve on “green” cars for quite some time. Our 2001 Honda Insight hybrid continues to get 60 to 75 mpg highway depending on weather and conditions — that’s real world driving, not an EPA estimate. It’s gotten 45.5 mpg for the life of the car with most of our driving in Chicago and inner-ring suburbs.

    Our big car is a 2007 Honda Fit which has gotten 30 mpg for the life of the car. We’ve topped 42 mpg highway on long trips in pleasant weather. I only wish the Fit were a hybrid.

    Both cars illustrate that Honda has been taking the right approach to autos for years. I guess I’ve been hooked on Honda ever since I got my first high gas mileage, front wheel drive car in 1979, a Honda Accord. It’s too bad most of the auto industry has lagged so far behind. I think my wife and I have owned 7 Hondas in all, and every one has been a gas guzzler compared to the rest of the industry.

  • Tempted

    Hmmm… Prius, insight, doubled the choices… what’s a guy to do!

    MUST… resist… buying… 🙂

    Here in Canada the base price between Insight and Prius is about $3,800 CAD. This is much smaller than I expected. But I expect both prices to rocket once options are added.

  • Ronald Connal

    For what it’s worth … our 2 yr. old Prius for its lifetime gets about 45.2 miles per gallon (50% highway – 50% in town driving). My wife drives it 90% of the time. When I drive it, I can push that down to about 44.7 miles per gallon. My Mini Cooper which is rated at an average of 35 miles per gallon does not even get 20 miles per gallon, which I drive 90% of the time. So much for sticker mileage. I wish my lead foot would lighten up.

  • Angie K.

    I don’t think it’s a matter of slow to react. In my limited view of GM, I see it as the typical attitude that is sweeping across our country – the sense of entitlement. I should have FOO because I am BAR or have been around longest or have always had it, etc… But I digress…

    I really am glad to see Ford chasing after Toyota and Honda in the hybrid vehicles space. I know we have that ability. We just need the right motivation (and in some cases, an attitude adjustment).

    Kudos to Toyota and Honda for continuing to push the envelope. Have tested the Prius and thought it drover very well. Will stop by the honda showroom this weekend.

    Ross, agree that we can do a lot better but it will take a little more time and effort. If the focus was purely on efficiency, the resulting vehicle would probably not sell well for a variety of reasons. The key is to make it as efficient as possible while still delivering as many of the consumer wants (drive experience, comfort, cost, etc… ) as possible.

  • John Hayhurst

    Are your figures based on gallons or US-gallons?

  • c.e.kestnet

    Insight & Fit? OTOH, there’s much to be said for cars that have real passenger and cargo room, eh?

  • trident

    So how do they pry you out of it, after a Mega-SUV runs into you..?

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