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With gasoline prices still high, manufacturers are making their green cars bigger and better. And that means there are more green-leaning options on the market. Confused by all those new options? Your job just got a little easier, thanks to the editors of Kelley Blue Book’s, the website of the country’s largest automotive valuation company, who highlight the wide range of green vehicles available in hybrid, electric and “high-efficiency gasoline powered-vehicles.”

Now if you’re really serious about scaling down to save the environment, you might want to consider a smaller electric vehicle, like the GEM Car from Scooter Bruce of Bruce’s Auto Sales on Jefferson Street. These low speed (feds limit them to 25 MPH), battery-electric vehicles, more commonly known as neighborhood vehicles, are legal on Lafayette streets with a 35 MPH or less speed limit. GEM cars have a range of up to 30 miles on a full charge and are a terrific means of traveling around neighborhoods.

Below is’s “10 Best Green Cars of 2012” and the estimated combined city/highway miles per gallon from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy’s Fuel Economy Guide:

  1. 2012 Toyota Prius c — Hampton Toyota
    50 MPG
  2. 2012 Nissan LEAF — Giles Nissan
    99 MPGe (MPG equivalent)(made from recycled materials from old cars, home appliances and plastic bottles)
  3. 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
    112 MPGe
  4. 2012 Chevrolet Volt — Service Chevrolet37 MPG
    94 MPGe
  5. 2012 Honda Civic — Moss Motors44 MPG (hybrid)
    33 MPGe (all natural gas arriving at Moss in next six months)
  6. 2012 Volkswagen Passat — Southwest Volkswagen
    35 MPG (diesel)
  7. 2012 Lexus CT — Price LeBlanc Lexus (Baton Rouge)
    42 MPG
  8. 2012 Hyundai Elantra — Courtesy Automotive Group
    33 MPG
  9. 2013 Chevrolet Malibu — Service Chevrolet
    26 MPG
  10. 2012 Scion iQ — Hampton Toyota
    37 MPG

Source: list courtesy of estimates from U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Energy’s Fuel Economy Guide;

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