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Most Eco-Friendly Cars of 2015

April 2, 2015

Between gas prices that continue to rise and consumers being more interested in doing their part to keep our planet healthy, it's no wonder that car buyers are looking for more environmentally-friendly vehicles.

To help car buyers make vehicle choices that are better for the environment, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently released their 18th annual environmental ratings of vehicles. The list includes the "Greenest" vehicles, as well as the "Meanest" vehicles -- those that they found to be the least friendly to the environment.

Topping the "Greenest" list are the Mercedes-Benz Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, followed by the Chevrolet Spark EV and Fiat 500e. And at the top of the "Meanest" list are the Ram 2500, Chevrolet G2500 Express, and GMC Savana. Below is a look at both lists.

If you're contemplating a “greener” vehicle, I recommend using TrueCar No Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise to see the best prices being offered in your local area.

Greenest Vehicles

VehicleGreen Score
Mercedes-Benz Smart Fortwo Electric Drive61
Chevrolet Spark EV59
Fiat 500E59
Toyota Prius C57
Nissan Leaf57
Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid54
Lexus CT 200H54
Honda Civic Hybrid54
Honda Civic Natural Gas54
Mitsubishi Mirage54
Ford Focus Electric53
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid53

Meanest Vehicles

VehicleGreen Score
Ram 250017
Chevrolet G2500 Express/GMC Savana18
Bugatti Veyron19
Bentley Mulsanne21
Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG21
Mercedes-Benz G 55022
Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe23
Lamborghini Aventador Roadster23
Toyota Sequoia FFV23
Lexus LX 57023
Ferrari FF23
Nissan Armada23

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, Edmunds, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

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Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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