Sustainable & Cost-Effective: 3 Eco-Friendly Cars
March 13, 2020
When it comes to being eco-friendly, making a series of changes to your lifestyle can help add up to large impacts. One big swap consumers can make is switching to more environmentally friendly vehicle options.
Today, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best eco-friendly cars to consider for those striving to make bigger and more environmentally conscious choices.
The Honda Accord Hybrid offers a more spacious electric car that travels 48 miles per gallon in city limits and 47 miles per gallon on the highway. U.S. News rates this car #2 on their list of Hybrid & Electric Cars.
Topping the U.S. News car ratings is the Toyota Camry Hybrid. Similarly to the Honda Accord Hybrid, the Toyota hybrid has a fantastic fuel economy reaching 44-51 miles per gallon within city limits and 47-53 miles per gallon on highways. Another spacious five-seater, this Toyota model offers smoother acceleration with a comfortable interior.
On the smaller end of fuel-efficient and hybrid cars is the Chevy Bolt. Despite its smaller body, the bolt offers a cabin that feels roomy with plenty of storage. too. While this car might be a little lower on best-of lists for hybrid cars, it’s still a great option for those looking for cars that are eco-friendly.
As you set out on your car shopping venture, it’s paramount to note what’s important to you. Are you interested in a roomier car to accommodate passengers like spouses, partners, children, or roommates? Are you interested in a car that has bells and whistles like Bluetooth capabilities or cameras? Approximately how much are you hoping to spend on gas annually? These are just a handful of questions you might find important as you set out to find a car that best fits your needs.
Consider making a list of everything that’s important to you before speaking to car dealers so that your car isn’t just great for the environment but for your needs too.
Why and when to choose cars that are eco-friendly
The benefits of choosing a more green car stretch both environmental and personal. These impacts include spending less on gas, more miles per gallon, producing less carbon dioxide, and playing a role in helping the U.S. be less dependent on fossil fuels. Electric vehicles emit an average of 4,450 pounds of carbon dioxide annually which halves the amount produced by cars that consume conventional gasoline. With statistics as staggering as this one, consumers might feel a lot of pressure to make the switch immediately.
Choosing an environmentally friendly car (or even just buying a new car) can feel like a big decision. Much like other environmental swaps, the increased availability of environmental options doesn’t mean you should get rid of what you currently have and buy something new. If you’re not yet ready to swap out your current car for a more green option, take a look at our 5 Sustainable Living Swaps so you can participate in making more green choices without making a big purchase you might not currently be ready for. As always, it’s important to make the swaps that work best for you.
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