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Top Four Green Cars Of 2013

If you want a car that gives you plenty of great features without destroying the environment, consider these top 4 green vehicles for 2013.

#1: Nissan Leaf

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The 2013 Nissan Leaf promises one of the best fuel efficiency ratings of 2013. Instead of relying on a hybrid engine, the Leaf gets power from its 80-kilowatt electric motor and a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

The EPA estimates that it gets equal to 129 miles per gallon in the city and 102 miles per gallon on the highway.

Regenerative braking gives the 2013 Leaf better performance in the city than the highway. When you brake, power gets sent to the battery for future use. That extends the electric vehicle’s range to about 75 miles on a full charge.

Perhaps most important is that Nissan has kept the Leaf affordable. The base model has a price under $30,000, putting it within reach of the average buyer.

#2: Tesla Model S

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The 2013 Tesla Model S beats the Leaf in almost every class, and it can drive further and faster than the Leaf. Unfortunately, the base model has a price tag close to $70,000, which makes it impossible for most people to buy.

Although it places second because of its price tag, the 2013 Tesla Model S shows what electric cars can really do when pushed to the limit. It has a 265-mile range that makes it useful for out-of-town drives as well as daily commutes. It also gets equal to 88 mpg in the city and 90 on the highway.

The coolest thing about the Tesla Model S, though, is that it can run with any gas-powered car. By upgrading the base battery to an 85 kWh Performance model, the car can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds.

#3: Ford Focus Electric
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