2011 Chevrolet Cruze EcoEnlarge Photo
Chevrolet Cruze Eco
The greenest of the all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze lineup is Cruze Eco with its 28 mpg city/42 mpg highway estimated fuel economy. The Cruze Eco achieves its fuel efficiency increases over other Cruze compact models (which get 24/36 city/highway mpg) with its 1.4-liter turbocharged in-line four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission, due the addition of a few components to reduce aerodynamic drag and low-rolling resistance tires. For more information on the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, see this review in The Car Connection.
2011 Hyundai ElantraEnlarge Photo
Updated for 2011 with exterior design that echoes the larger Sonata, part of Hyundai’s “fluidic sculpture design,” the 2011 Elantra compact is fun to drive, affordable, economical – and gets 29 mpg city/40 mpg highway. Want more details on the 2011 Hyundai Elantra? Check out Bengt Halvorson’s article here.
2011 MINI Cooper SDEnlarge Photo
MINI Cooper may not be for everyone, but the tiny car looks good, handles well, and gets 29 mpg city/37 mpg highway with 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic tranny in the base model. What about the MINI E electric vehicle? Right now, it’s only a year-long test with 450 consumers already selected, living in the New York City metropolitan area and California’s metropolitan Los Angeles-Orange County area. For more info on the 2011 MINI Cooper, see this review in The Car Connection.
2010 Toyota Yaris 5dr LB Auto (Natl) Angular Front Exterior ViewEnlarge Photo
With its 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and manual gearbox, the 2011 Toyota Yaris (2010 pictured here) achieves an EPA-estimated 29 mpg city/36 mpg highway fuel economy. Roomy front seats, affordable price and good safety features make the Yaris great for city driving, but it’s not the best performer around and the interior is pretty Spartan.
2011 Mazda2 exterior and detailEnlarge Photo
The ‘zoom-zoom’ 2011 Mazda2 is a cute, great handling, economical compact hatchback that lives up to its image as a fun urban runabout. With 29 mpg city/35 mpg highway, it’s also fuel-stingy with 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and manual transmission. Though it seats five, the Mazda2 is probably best for a young (or young-at-heart) couple, singles, and those with small kids only.
2011 Chevrolet Volt Z-SpecEnlarge Photo
The all-new 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range EV comes in at number 13 on the Greenest Vehicles list – and was just edged out by the Mazda2 “by a hair,” according to the ACEEE. The Volt combines an electric drive unit with a 1.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline-powered engine that acts as a generator. The Volt will run 35 miles on all-electric power before the gasoline generator kicks in.