Just in time for Earth Day, AAA announces the 2015 Tesla Model S 70D is the AAA Green Car of the Year.
The Tesla is featured with 80 other green vehicles in the 2016 AAA Green Car Guide, a comprehensive report published annually by the largest member of the AAA federation – the Automobile Club of Southern California and its Automotive Research Center.
AAA’s top three green vehicles, all electrics, were announced today. The BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium rounded out the top three.
“The Tesla Model S 70D has a 240-mile range, room for five, excellent power and steering, and fast charge capability,” said Chris Baldwin, AAA East Central’s Vice President of Automotive Services.
“Add sleek styling, great acceleration and an air of sophistication that separates it from other alternative-fueled vehicles and you see why the Model S 70D was our top vehicle this year, Baldwin added.
2016 AAA Green Car of the Year and Top 5 points:
1. 2015 Tesla Model S 70D 92.49
2. 2014 Hatchback BMW i3 88.47
3. 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium 87.09
4. 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Premium 83.49
5. 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 81.96
Each of 13 evaluations was scored on 0-10 points. Scores were totaled to determine top, vehicles. Each year, the research center tracks significant changes to a vehicle from model year to model year. If no significant changes were made to the power train in 2016, a prior model year’s results were used. The research center’s evaluators divided the vehicles into six
categories, crunched the numbers, and identified winners in each category. They also recognized winners by price.
The Tesla took three awards – Best Green Car over $50,000, the large car category winner and the AAA Green Car of the Year. In other categories, the best green car under $30,000 was the Mazda 3S Grand Touring, and the best green pickup is the Ford F-150 Supercab Lariat.
2016 AAA Best Green Car by Price:
-Over $50,000: 2015 Tesla Model S 70D
-$30,000 to $50,000: 2014 BMW i3
-Under $30,000: 2014 Mazda 3S Grand Touring
2016 AAA Green Car Guide Category Winners:
Large car: Tesla Model S 70D (Electric)
Midsize: Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC 4matic (Clean Diesel)
Compact: Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium (Electric)
Subcompact: BMW i3 (Electric)
SUV/Minivan: Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium (PZEV)
Pickup Truck: Ford F-150 Supercab Lariat (Gasoline)
A recent AAA member green vehicle survey found that green car issues are important across generations with millennials and non-millennials saying they’d consider buying a green vehicle
because of fuel costs and environmental impact. The majority of respondents in the AAA survey also said they are interested in a green vehicle when shopping for a new car and 82 percent
said it was important to understand green technology.
To help car buyers looking for the latest information on fuel-efficient vehicles and low-emission technology, the sixth annual AAA Green Car Guide reviews battery electric vehicles, compressed natural gas-powered (CNG) vehicles, clean diesels, hybrids, partial zero emission vehicles (PZEVs), and vehicles with high fuel economy. Vehicles were grouped into categories according to size, body type and three price ranges. They were scored by the Los Angeles-based Automotive Research Center in real-world evaluations (acceleration, handling, ride comfort, turning, cargo capacity, etc.). The guide summarizes vehicle specifications, test scores, data and observations and lists vehicle strengths and weaknesses. The report also contains in-depth information about green technologies, vehicle safety and advanced driver assistance systems.
The AAA Green Car Guide will be available to AAA members at no charge at select AAA branches starting in May and while supplies last. The guide is available online now at www.AAA.com/greencar.
Stop by the newly opened AAA offices in Avon, located at 35676 Detroit Road soon!