Kelley Blue Book Releases Top 10 Green Cars List for 2011

KBB Top 10 Green Cars Logo 2011

In brief: Kelley Blue Book (KBB), has released it's 2011 list of the Top 10 Green Cars along with survey results from new car buyers, showing that fuel economy is topping the list of considerations.

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The list is surprisingly populated with many conventional gasoline vehicles rather than hybrids and electrics. Which makes sense, since many small gasoline cars are now capable of 40mpg or better on the highway.

The Kelley list features mostly compact cars, of course. We here at FutureCars created our own list for family-sized vehicles, which you can see here.

Topping the list of green cars on the KBB list is the 2011 Nissan Leaf at 99mpg (equivalent). Not surprising, though they do include the caveat that the Leaf's range is only about 75 miles per charge.

Numbers 2 and 3 on the list are the 2012 Ford Focus (28/38 city/highway) and the 2011 Toyota Prius (51/48 city/highway). The list gives no indication as to why the Ford beats out the Prius, but it's likely due to price since the Focus is about $8,000 cheaper than the Prius.

For the complete list and writeup from Kelley, visit the KBB list here.

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An interesting lineup from Kelley with most of the cars being gasoline rather than hybrid options. Nearly all are compacts.

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