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Kelley Blue Book’s 10 best ‘green’ cars for 2013

South Korean models pose with the all-new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid at the Seoul Motor Show last month. KBB says, “Lincoln’s gas/electric mid-size sedan is as contemporary a vehicle we’ve seen from the automaker in a long time.” City/highway/combined mpg: 45/45/45. MSRP: $36,800. (Jung Yeong-Je / AFP/Getty Images)
The 2013 Toyota Avalon at the New York International Auto Show. KBB: Thanks to the available gas-electric hybrid powertrain, one of the newest members of the 40 mpg club. If comfort per gallon were a thing, Avalon Hybrid might be king. City/highway/combined mpg: 40/39/40. MSRP: $42,195. (Mark Lennihan / Associated Press)
A visitor looks at a Honda Fit EV vehicle at the Third International Smart Grid Expo in Tokyo, part of the World Smart Energy Week 2013. KBB: Though only 1,100 copies will be produced, the lease-only Fit EV impresses as one of the most powerful and energy-efficient EVs available. City/highway/combined mpge*: 132/105/118. Range: 82 miles. MSRP: $37,415. *miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (Kiyoshi Ota / EPA)
KBB: The first gas-electric Jetta is 1) a fun-to-drive European sedan that 2) returns 45 combined mpg and 3) starts under $26,000. The Jetta Hybrid is a triple threat that lets you go green and have fun at once. City/highway/combined mpg: 42/48/45. (Volkswagen)
KBB: Currently the most affordable plug-in hybrid on the road. Beyond its 21-mile all-electric range, the C-Max Energi can even be fun to drive, a rare trait among today’s green machines. First 21 miles: 100 mpge combined. Next 599 miles: 43 mpg combined. MSRP: $33,745. (Ford Motor Co.)
The Toyota Prius Plug-In at the 2012 Washington Auto Show in D.C. KBB: With a combined mpg rating of 50 mpg, it’s hard to believe that anything can top the Toyota Prius. Enter the Prius Plug-in, which adds 11 miles of all-electric driving and qualifies for solo-occupant carpool lane access in some states. First 11 miles: 95 mpge combined. Next 529 miles: 50 mpg combined. MSRP: $32,760. (Karen Bleier / AFP Photo)
A Chevrolet Volt at a dealership in the south Denver suburb of Englewood, Colo. KBB: The Razzles candy of kilowatt cars, the Volt is the clear choice for those who want more electric range than a typical plug-in hybrid, but more total range than an all-electric. First 38 miles: 98 mpge combined. Next 344 miles: 37 mpg combined. MSRP: $39,995. (David Zalubowski / Associated Press )
Ford Motor Co. President and Chief Executive Alan Mulally kisses the hood of the brand-new all-electric Ford Focus as he delivers a keynote address at the International Consumer Electronics Show. KBB: With Ford’s well-regarded five-door hatchback as its foundation, the 2013 Focus Electric starts with a leg up. Toss in some cool features and an advanced powertrain that pairs a 107 kW electric motor with a liquid-cooled Lithium-ion battery and the result is a fun, practical runabout for green-leaners. City/highway/combined mpge: 110/99/105. Range: 76 miles. MSRP: $39,995. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
The Tesla Model S, Motor Trend Car of the Year, is introduced at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. KBB: One could argue that the 2013 Tesla Model S is the electric car most likely to gain mainstream success. With blistering acceleration, distinct but tasteful styling, abundant interior space and an EPA-estimated 265-mile range, the Model S is among the coolest cars available, electric or otherwise. City/highway/combined mpge: 88/90/89. Range: 265 miles. MSRP: $71,070. (Stan Honda / AFP/Getty Images)
The Nissan Leaf is on display at the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show. KBB: You won’t find an all-electric car that offers a better balance of range, practicality, refinement and value than the Leaf. Nissan reduced the Leaf’s starting price by $6,000 for 2013, so after the $7,500 federal tax savings, you can go all-electric for about $22,000. City/highway/combined mpge: 130/102/116. Range: 75 miles. (Chris Ratcliffe / Bloomberg)
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