Gas prices have been creating a major hole in drivers' pockets as of late. Consumers who want to use their car loan to switch to an environmentally friendly vehicle can look to the automotive appraisal guide Kelley Blue Book (KBB), which recently unveiled its list of the top green cars of 2011.
The guide points to the Nissan Leaf (which stands for "Leading Environmentally friendly Affordable Family car) as its greenest car of the year. This electric vehicle gets an astounding 99 miles per gallon, surpassing the Chevy Volt which follows closely with a 93 mile-per-gallon fuel efficiency.
"The sheer number and types of choices in the Green Cars category have grown remarkably in the last year, with new plug-in electrically driven vehicles alongside an increased number of traditional gasoline-powered cars with improved fuel economy, as well as hybrids and diesels," Jack R. Nerad, a KBB marketing analyst, said in a statement.
Other models included in the list of green vehicles are the Toyota Prius, Lexus CT 200h, Honda Insight, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Volkswagen Golf TDI, Hyundai Elantra, Fiat 500 and the Ford Focus.