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Environmentally friendly cars

Cars have a come a long way in efficiency over the past decades, so a new car can also be an environmental statement, if it replaces an older model.

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2012 Tesla Model S

The Model S is essentially the car of the future, a beautifully designed curvy sedan built from the ground up as an electric car. It features connected cabin technology and it can even be updated remotely, adding features so an older car is as good as the newest.
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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

Chevy's appropriately named Spark uses a pure electric drivetrain that gives it more power than its gasoline-fueled sibling. Although only appropriate as an urban vehicle, it zips around easily without a drop of gasoline.
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2013 Fiat 500e

Fiat added considerable style to the electric car segment with the 500e, the electric version of its small coupe.
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2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Ford's midsize sedan boasts fuel economy in the low-40s with its hybrid drivetrain, but never feels underpowered. An extensive array of cabin electronics and driver assistance features makes this one as modern as they come.
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2013 Lexus ES 300h

As a division of Toyota, Lexus benefits from years of hybrid development. The ES model is the latest to get a hybrid drivetrain, making for economical driving in Lexus luxury.
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2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI

With its diesel engine, the Jetta Sportwagen TDI gets excellent highway fuel economy. The wagon body format provides plenty of room for passengers and cargo. This car is a road-tripper's dream.

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