Many people feel the strain on their bank accounts every time they fill up their car at the gas station. Since cars first hit the road, engineers have been searching for ways to make them more fuel efficient. Recent advancements paired with rising demand for more eco-friendly cars have resulted in a boom of new models. Here are a few popular choices that will save you money while taking some strain off the environment.
1. Chevy Volt
This car can get around 38 miles on all electric power. If you want to drive more than 38 miles, the engine seamlessly converts to gas and you can continue driving as normal. The Chevy Volt fits four people comfortably, while the hatchback model features a spacious trunk with back seats that fold down. This car is perfect if your daily commute because you might not use any gas at all!
2. Nissan Leaf
This car is 100% electric, meaning literally no fuel at all. The Nissan Leaf runs on a lithium ion battery and all you need to do is plug it in! You can charge this vehicle into any outlet and will take between 4 and 10 hours for a full charge. There is a quick charge option that only takes 30 minutes and gets you an 80% charge.
3. Honda Fit
The Honda Fit might be a small car, but its spacious interior will surprise you. Ranking as one of the best options for fuel economy in its class, this car boasts a 33 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. More comfortable than its previous model, the 2015 Fit is also made of higher end materials making for a safer ride.
4. Toyota Prius
The car that kicked off the green driving craze is still pumping out top models year after year. Every aspect 2015's Toyota Prius packs the latest in driving technology, not just the engine. The heads up display minimizes diving distractions while making vehicle operation easy as pushing a button. The slow and timid movement the Prius is known for is forgotten in the latest model, with an electric motor producing 134 horsepower.
5. Tesla Model S
Tesla Motors is the most exciting name in the world of automobiles. The young company has already been making waves with its industry changing Tesla Model S. With minimal drag and a revolutionary battery-motor system, the Model S is the complete package when it comes to eco-friendliness on the road. Autonomous driving is the next hurdle this exciting company looks to overcome and we can wait to see where they take us.