1. Tesla Model S
Is this a surprise? Some might say why do you ask, but we actually took pause because Tesla’s price pushes our cost-to-own criteria, eclipsing the next-less-expensive entrant by $25,000, up to much more than that.
Tesla’s one model is actually a range of configurations from $70,000-$130,000 and it’s definitely “green” and the “sporty” factor is solid too.
Available with 60-kwh and 85-kwh batteries, it burns no gas, offers good handling, and braking, and it’s quick with 0-60 acceleration from 5.9 seconds down to 4.2 for the P85+.
Incidentally, we might also have chosen other electric cars like the Honda Fit EV, Fiat 500e, or Chevy Spark EV. But these, while fun, have limited availability, range under 90 miles, and driving them hard could cut that by 25-50 percent which would be a deal breaker for someone asking for a “driver’s car.”
The Model S goes a rated 208-265 miles, can be driven hard for a while, and still get you home or to the next charging station.
It’s priced farthest out of reach for people wanting a car for merging fun with cost to own, but eyes have been opened by exceptional sales proving car choices ares not just about price, they’re actually about value perceived for the money.
The Model S’ 8,200 units sold in the U.S. through June vastly eclipses less than 500 sales for the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid and under 400 for the Cadillac ELR, and even competes with 8,615 for the Chevy Volt – another fun-to-drive, efficient car worth looking at.
The premium-priced Tesla is displaying such a feat by selling in such volumes, it’s actually doing better than many more established conventional luxury cars.
And, it also proves our title’s premise: “Sporty Green Cars” is not a contradiction of terms, and the market is asking for more.