5 Eco-Friendly Luxury Cars for Commuters
You care about protecting your car, and you should. Buying it caused quite a bank account dip— no matter what make or model you chose — and you depend on it to get you from home to work and everywhere in between. You figure if you’re good to it, your car will be good to you. But, is your car being good to the environment? And will you still be able to afford gassing up if oil prices rise? If the answer is no, maybe it’s time to think green.
Many drivers think they’ll have to sacrifice luxury for fuel economy, and comfy seating for fewer carbon emissions. Not so. There are countless options for the environmentally conscious commuter who needs a smooth ride as they battle the merciless evening rush. We’ve compiled a list of five luxurious, efficient and economical rides to prove it.
Boasting an impressive miles per gallon estimate of 21 in the city and 30 on the highway, the Audi A3 is certainly within the realm of “green” cars, but that’s not the thing that blows us away. The A3’s crown jewel is its price tag: It starts at $27,270 (reasonable for a luxury car) and comes equipped with a CD player, mp3 audio integration and a pretty powerful 4-liter engine that blasts from 0-60 mph in just over 7 seconds. The good package is made better when you consider it’s born from the assembly line of one the world’s most elite automakers.
Lexus CT 200h
A hybrid in every sense of the word, the CT allows drivers to choose whether they want to drive in a faster, less fuel-efficient mode or go for a more efficient and moderately paced ride (like those you might take home from the office). It’s a weekday and weekend car all in one. If that doesn’t win you over, its 42 mpg average fuel rating (according to Motor Trend) is the most efficient of any vehicle in its class, and it starts at $29,120.
Those drivers willing to spend a bit more, but still concerned about their potential effect on the ozone layer, may consider BMW’s 335d diesel engine sedan a fantastic choice. While not technically a hybrid, the 335d will get drivers a more than respectable 23 mpg in the city, and 36 mpg on the highway. Because it runs on diesel, drivers will spend less at the gas station, and fuel will burn cleaner than the usual premium-grade does. And for the luxury piece? Well, BMWs are called the “ultimate driving machines” for a reason: 0-60 mph in under 6 seconds, premium audio, concierge service and almost anything else you could want. But, it’ll cost you — $44,150, to be exact. And that’s the absolute floor.
Anyone who’s sat in the back of a Towncar knows Lincoln is synonymous with silky, smooth luxury. Now, we can add “fuel efficient” to the list of its attributes. The 2012 Lincoln MKZ hybrid boasts an impressive mpg rating of 41-city, 36-highway. Its $33,888 sticker isn’t cheap, but considering the dough you’ll save on fuel, that number starts to look a lot more justifiable — especially over a five-year period. True to Lincoln form, reviewers give the MKZ a big thumbs-up on cabin comfort. Good news for commuters…and their back spasms.
Small, efficient and very nice to look at, the Acura 2013 ILX hybrid’s $28,900 starting price is not the most expensive of the bunch, and its 39-city, 38-highway mpg rating will do more than its part to help save the atmosphere. With a robust suite of standard options, the Acura will not disappoint the luxury-minded. Full disclosure, though: the 1.5-liter engine was not built with adrenaline junkies in mind.
Once you buy your new, luxurious, environmentally friendly ride, you’ll need auto insurance to protect your investment. Find out what information you may need to get a car insurance quote here.
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