Top Ten list from which the award winner will come.  You’ll see that six of the top ten are EVs. The list is a mix of electric, hybrid and high mileage gas powered vehicles, ranging from luxury to economical.

Low-emission vehicles and hybrid choices vary in quality, price and size.  A survey of AAA members in the market to buy a vehicle indicated that 86% said that it was important or very important to understand the technology. The AAA Green Car Guide is one of our Automotive Research Center’s ongoing programs to help consumers navigate the increasingly wide-ranging green car marketplace with confidence. 

Each year, AAA’s automotive research team and its automotive research center identifies and tests dozens of vehicles that meet its “green” criteria.  But we add a family-friendly component, too.  These vehicles were tested and scored in 13 categories, including braking, fuel economy, emissions, handling, cargo capacity and ride comfort. The top ten total scoring vehicles are listed below.  

AAA Green Car of the Year Top Ten list in alphabetical order:

Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-A hybrid

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Premium electric

BMW i3 Hatchback electric
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BMW 328d M Sport clean diesel

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BMW i3 and VW e- Golf

Kia Soul EV electric

Nissan Leaf SL electric

Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium high mileage gasoline engine
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Tesla Model S 70D electric

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Tesla Model S

Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited   hybrid

Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium electric

The Automotive Research Center is part of the Automobile Club of Southern California, the largest member of the AAA federation.  The research center has a 49-year history of automotive research with alternative fuel vehicles and shares its research results with members and the public.