The current economic shutdown has millions of Americans holed up at home and mostly out of their cars and off the road — but that could actually be good news for anyone looking to buy a new vehicle. Dealers across the country are responding to the coronavirus crisis with special deals and deferred financing offers, which means anyone in the market for a new car, truck or SUV could be able to find a silver lining in an otherwise bad situation.
This is especially true for anyone in the market for an eco-friendly electric vehicle or hybrid. According to Consumer Reports, Tesla recently lowered prices on some of its EVs and a few other automakers followed suit by slashing prices on some of their own environmentally friendly models.
Not only are electric vehicles, hybrids and the most fuel-efficient traditional vehicles good for the environment, but they’re good for your wallet, too — at least in the long run. These types of vehicles often cost more to buy upfront, but make up for the difference with dramatic savings in fuel costs over time.
In this study, our team looked at 50 of the most environmentally friendly and affordable vehicles available today. The vehicles were grouped into five categories: cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans, electric and hybrid. The team scored and ranked them according to their EPA size class, MSRP, combined mpg, annual fuel cost, energy impact and greenhouse gas emissions. All vehicles were ranked within their own categories since comparing a traditional SUV, for example, to an electric SUV would be an apples-to-oranges representation.
No matter what kind of vehicle you want, and no matter what category of fuel-efficiency that vehicle falls into, there’s something for everyone. Keep reading to learn about the most affordable cars that pollute the least and get the best gas mileage.