Special Report

America's Most Eco-Friendly Vehicles

Source: Courtesy of Volkswagen

3. Volkswagen e-Golf
> Fuel (or energy) efficiency: 119 MPGe
> Type: Electric compact car
> Annual fuel cost: $550

Car & Driver magazine described the e-Golf as a “handsome little package” that has all of the pep of the regular Volkswagen Golf. The $32,800 electric car sits right about in the middle of the price range for small electric cars, and like other green vehicles qualifies for tax credits. But the e-Golf lags on driving range compared to comparable models like the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3 at just 125 miles.

Source: Courtesy of Tesla

2. Tesla Model 3 Long Range
> Fuel (or energy) efficiency: 130 MPGe
> Type: Electric midsize sedan
> Annual fuel cost: $500

The Tesla Model 3 did not turn out to be the $35,000 Tesla for the masses that company co-founder Elon Musk initially promised. Still, starting at about $39,500 before any available tax credits, the Model 3 is currently the lowest priced new Tesla. However, buyers have to drop another $10,000 on top of the base price for the long-range battery to reach 130 MPGe and an industry-leading range of 325 miles per full battery charge.

Source: Courtesy of Hyundai

1. Hyundai Ioniq Electric
> Fuel (or energy) efficiency: 136 MPGe
> Type: Midsize electric vehicle
> Annual fuel cost: $500

The fully electric version of the Hyundai Ioniq led the pack in the 2018 model year with a whopping 136 MPGe. Starting at $30,700 it is also toward the lower end of the electric-car price scale. The Ioniq, however, has an unremarkable maximum 124-mile range. Cost-conscious buyers might be better off sacrificing some fuel economy for the lower-cost Ioniq plug-in hybrid that can travel up to 29 miles on battery power alone.