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7 Smart Reasons to Drive Eco-Friendly Vehicles

If you aren’t convinced about the benefits of green cars, then consider the following: cars and trucks in the United States account for one million tons of carbon dioxide emissions per day, reports. Americans alone consume about 400 million gallons of gasoline each year, which doesn’t exactly help the problem. However, cars today are about 20 times more efficient than they were 20 years ago, in addition to the numerous hybrid and electric vehicles that are on the market.

Yes, going green in today’s day and age isn’t only trendy, but it’s practical. Here’s a look at seven reasons why driving green should be one of your priorities:

If you don’t think that you can be cool and drive with the environment in mind, than look no further than the 2013 four-door Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. First of all, it’s affordable; Chapman Hyundai in Scottsdale, Ariz., lists it in the low to high $20,000 range. The 6-speed automatic sedan gets up to 40 mpg on the highway, as Edmunds notes, and the body style is incredibly stylish. Yes, it’s possible to ride green and ride in style.
Government Incentives & Affordability

Many hybrid vehicles come with very generous government incentives. For instance, the hybrid-electric Chevy Volt comes with a $7,500 federal tax credit upon purchase, which not only makes the sticker price much more manageable, but also gives drivers more of a reason to think green. State grants and tax cuts may also be available, depending on where you live.

Not all hybrid and electric cars come with the price tag of the Volt. There’s the all electric Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius Plug-in, for instance, which start at $28,000 and $32,000, according to the official MSRPs.


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