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GREEN | 9 out of 10
Larger and more capacious hybrids, including the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius, do better without the sacrifices, though admittedly they're pricier. However a growing legion of subcompact and compact cars, ranging from the Ford Fiesta to the larger Chevrolet Cruze Eco and Hyundai Elantra, can haul four or five passengers and achieve at least 40 mpg on the highway.
The Fortwo's body panels are made of plastic and are molded in color with eco-friendly water-soluble paints, while 100-percent recyclable synthetics are used in several aspects inside.
A greener, all-electric Smart Electric Drive model is in the works, but it's not yet available to the public in 2011.
The 2011 Smart Fortwo’s 33-mpg city rating doesn’t wow—especially considering it only carries two—but lots of emphasis on recycled materials and recyclability tips the scales.