Top 5 Eco-friendly Cars

Looking to drive—literally—energy efficiency? Check out these lean, green machines.

March 18 2013 by William J. Holstein and Bill Visnic

Almost by definition, CEOs have a huge impact on the future of the auto industry because their own purchases are scrutinized by employees, customers, shareholders and nearly everyone else. If you would like to take part in creating a greener auto industry—a sensible path for today’s leaders—here’s a selection of five, fuel-efficient cars fit for CEOs. Each commands prestige and interest yet achieves a mileage of 30 miles per gallon on the highway. Once again, we teamed up with to make our picks.

The future of the automobile is decidedly uncertain, so we included a diesel car from Mercedes—because the Germans are convinced that diesel is an important part of a more energy-efficient future—as well as an all-battery car from Tesla, a plug-in hybrid from Chevrolet and a hybrid from Porsche. But we’ve also thrown in a much-improved internal combustion engine from Audi.

No one knows which of these technologies will dominate the future or whether all of them will carve out niches. It’s an exciting period of experimentation—and you can help determine the winners.