The American Automobile Association (AAA), the U.S. equivalent of our CAA, has published a comprehensive guide on currently available green cars, or low-emissions vehicles. Over the next few weeks we’ll be taking a look at some of the conclusions the agency has drawn about the offer of hybrid and electric vehicles available in North America.
In fact AA looked at all vehicles on the market, electric-powered or not. But it’s clear that a vehicle running at least partially on electric power gets a significant head start when you look at fuel efficiency.
We start off here with a look at the 10 best fuel-efficient vehicles on the market. The first - though not only – factor taken into account was the amount of emissions produced by each vehicle. AAA rated vehicles in 12 categories in all, awarding points in each of the following: emissions, braking, crashworthiness, visibility, handling, ride quality, fuel economy, sound insulation, acceleration, easy of entry and exit, interior space, turning radius and cargo capacity.
The vehicle with the highest points total was the winner. Here we go, from tenth to first.
10 — 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid: 78.15 points
The Honda Accord is an economical, value-packed car to begin with. Give it a hybrid system and you boost the efficiency levels even higher, propelling it pas some tough competition on to the tail end of this AAA Top 10 ranking.
What makes the Accord good is also what holds it back, in the sense that its smooth ride also disconnects it from the road. The sedan doesn’t do any one thing exceptionally well, but it doesn’t falter in any particular category either. Most importantly, the car is an affordable, reliable option for motorists who want to reduce their environmental footprint.