Diesel Cars Awarded Five Slots on AAA’s Green Car Guide Top 10 List

By Daniel Berg on 29 May 2014
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DSC_0909The Automobile Association of America’s recent Green Car Guide, which reviewed 83 hybrids, electrics, CNGs, clean diesel vehicles, and partial zero emissions vehicles, gave diesel cars top honors. Half of the top 10 highest scoring cars on the AAA guide’s list were clean diesel vehicles.

The list included five clean diesels, three electric vehicles, and two hybrids. The electric 2013 Tesla S P85 and the 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV topped the list, followed by the 2014 Audi A7 TDI Quattro. Four other diesel cars, the Audi Q5 TDI Quattro Tiptronic, the Audi A8 L TDI Quattro Tiptronic, the Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec, and the Audi A6 TDI Quattro Tiptonic, were included as well.

The number of diesel-powered automobiles sold in the U.S. has almost doubled over the past year, as Americans have become more diesel aware.  In a recent poll of readers of The Diesel Driver, respondents cited fuel economy and power and torque as the most important reasons for purchasing a diesel, followed by reduced emissions and a higher residual value.

The association’s Green Car Guide was based on research conducted by the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research center, and the green cars tested were evaluated based on emissions, fuel economy, acceleration, and handling, among a variety of other factors.

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