Best Car to Buy 2011

  • Brian Carolin and John Voelcker with 2011 Nissan Leaf

    Last week at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, we announced that the 2011 Nissan Leaf electric car was the winner of the GreenCarReports 2011 Best Car To Buy award. That same week, a flurry of other media outlets almost uniformly gave their "car of year" awards to the 2011 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car. Among those giving laurels to the Volt were Motor Trend and Automobile magazines (owned by the same publisher, we note), and Green Car Journal, which runs the Green Car of the Year awards in the U.S. In the States, we were essentially the only media outlet to give the nod to the...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf
    2011 Nissan Leaf: GreenCarReports Best Car To Buy 2011

    It’s been a long time coming. More than 80 years, in fact, since viable electric cars were offered to U.S. car buyers. Now, finally, at long last, it’s happened. The 2011 Nissan Leaf is the first practical, five-seat electric car—a full plug-in, running solely off grid...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf, Nashville, October 2010
    GreenCarReports Best Car To Buy 2011 Nominee: Nissan Leaf

    The 2011 Nissan Leaf looks like a conventional compact hatchback with unconventionally sinuous styling. It seats five, has all the usual safety features, and we particularly like the way the navigation system is integrated into the rest of the car’s information systems. But the significance...

  • 2011 Lexus CT 200h
    GreenCarReports Best Car To Buy 2011 Nominee: Lexus CT 200h

    It's the nominee we know the least about, and in some ways the one we're most curious about. The 2011 Lexus CT 200h is a non-traditional car for Lexus, which has never before offered a compact hatchback. And after the underwhelming HS 250h sedan, it's one we didn't have high hopes for. That was...

  • 2011 Hundai Sonata Hybrid, La Jolla, California, October 2010
    GreenCarReports Best Car To Buy 2011 Nominee: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

    For its first-ever hybrid-electric vehicle, Hyundai has blazed a new path. Not only does the 2011 Sonata Hybrid carry gas-mileage ratings better than its competition, but it neatly splits the difference between the indistinguishable-from-standard styling of the Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion hybrids...

  • 2011 Honda CR-Z
    GreenCarReports Best Car To Buy 2011 Nominee: Honda CR-Z

    As we noted yesterday, we'll be giving one brand-new 2011 model the GreenCarReports 2011 Best Car To Buy Award in conjunction with the Los Angeles Auto Show next week. We'll summarize each of our five nominees, one per day, between now and then. We going down the roster by previewing each nominee...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt test drive, Michigan, October 2010

    As we noted yesterday, we'll be giving one brand-new 2011 model the GreenCarReports 2011 Best Car To Buy Award in conjunction with the Los Angeles Auto Show next week. We'll summarize each of our five nominees, one per day, between now and then. To avoid any bias, we're doing the list in strict alphabetical order, starting with the 2011 Chevrolet range-extended electric car. To say that the the Volt is innovative would be an understatement of historic proportions. It's the first plug-in car Chevrolet has ever sold. It's the first car built in the U.S. in volume to use a lithium-ion battery...

  • Green Car Reports 2011 Best Car to Buy Award
    GreenCarReports to Name "Best Car To Buy 2011"

    You're probably wondering by now, "Oh, no, another 'car of the year' award?" Yep. And here's why. We write a lot about future vehicles at Green Car Reports, but we also know that many of our readers seek practical information about which cars both save gasoline and lessen their impact on our...