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Green Car Guide

The 2017 Green Car Guide is Here - AAA rate the latest models on efficiency, comfort, safety, and more.

Looking for a fuel-efficient vehicle? Read about the latest features to consider while car shopping, including fuel efficiency and vehicle safety technology.

The AAA Green Car Guide is a detailed guidebook to green vehicles including fuel-efficient, gasoline-powered vehicles, along with electric, hybrid, diesel, and alternative-fueled vehicles. Produced by the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center (ARC), the AAA Green Car Guide not only defines what a green car is, but also explains the differences between various types of green vehicles. The guide also provides real-world evaluations of the vehicles to help potential buyers determine which car best suits their lifestyle.

Download a printable version of the AAA Green Car Guide.

Starting in May, AAA members can also get a free copy of the AAA Green Car Guide at any AAA branch.

Vehicles in the guide are ranked from highest to lowest based on the following objective and subjective criteria:

  • EPA emission rating
  • Braking
  • Crashworthiness
  • Visibility
  • Handling
  • Ride quality
  • Fuel economy
  • Interior noise
  • Acceleration
  • Ease of entry and exit
  • Interior size
  • Turning circle
  • Luggage capacity

Each vehicle receives an overall score ranging from 0 to 10 for each characteristic and is evaluated relative only to the other vehicles in the guide, not to all vehicles available on the market. Each vehicle’s review provides a summary of the car and lists its strengths and weaknesses, as well as available safety features.

To search for specific vehicles that the ARC has evaluated, you can visit the AAA Green Car Guide website, where you will be able to search by vehicle type (e.g. subcompact), powertrain (e.g. hybrid), and price range.