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Japanese Cars Dominate Kelley Blue book’s kbb.com “10 Best Green Cars of 2012”

Six Japanese cars occupy the Kelley Blue book’s kbb.com “10 Best Green Cars of 2012”.  Three of them take the top 3 spots.  The decision is based on factors such as fuel efficiency, value, features and comfort.

Ranking #10 on the list is the 2012 Scion iQ, which is powered by a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 94 hp.  It has EPA fuel-economy estimates of 36 mpg city and 37 mpg highway.

Ranking #7 on the list is the 2012 Lexus CT 200h, which boasts remarkably low fuel consumption and has an impressive combined EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 42 mpg, 43 mpg city and 40 mpg on the highway.

Ranking #5 on the list is the 2012 Honda Civic Sedan, which is powered by a choice of three different engine types: gasoline, natural gas and hybrid gas/electric.  All of them achieve close to 40 highway mpg.

Ranking #3 on the list is the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which is powered by an AC synchronous permanent magnetic motor and a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It produces 66 horsepower. The projected per-charge range is 62 miles. It has EPA fuel-economy estimates of 126 mpg city and 99 mpg highway.

Ranking #2 on the list is the 2012 Nissan LEAF, which is powered by an AC synchronous electric motor and a 24kWh lithium-ion-manganese-graphite battery.  It produces 107-horsepower.  The projected per-charge range is 72 miles.  It has EPA fuel-economy estimates of 106 mpg city and 92 mpg highway.

Taking the top spot on the list is the 2012 Toyota Prius C, which is powered by a 73-horsepower/1.5-liter Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder gasoline engine.  It has EPA fuel-economy estimates of 53 mpg city and 46 mpg highway.

Japanese Cars on Kelley Blue book’s kbb.com “10 Best Green Cars of 2012”

2013 Toyota Prius c
2013 Toyota Prius c
2013 Toyota Prius c
2013 Toyota Prius c
2012 Nissan LEAF
2012 Nissan LEAF
2012 Nissan LEAF
2012 Nissan LEAF
2012 Mitsubishi "i" MiEV
2012 Mitsubishi "i" MiEV
2012 Mitsubishi "i" MiEV
2012 Mitsubishi "i" MiEV
2012 Honda Civic LX Sedan
2012 Honda Civic LX Sedan
2012 Honda Civic LX Sedan
2012 Honda Civic LX Sedan
2011 Lexus CT 200h
2011 Lexus CT 200h
2011 Lexus CT 200h
2011 Lexus CT 200h
2012 Scion iQ
2012 Scion iQ
2012 Scion iQ
2012 Scion iQ


Other vehicles on the list are the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu (#9), 2012 Hyundai Elantra (#8), 2012 Volkswagen Passat (#6) and the 2012 Chevrolet Volt (#4).

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