Top 10 Green Cars of 2014

Top 10 Green Cars of 2014
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8. 2014 Audi A8 L TDI Quattro Tiptronic

The larger 2014 Audi A8L TDI has the same 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 found in the other TDI models, but under the hood of the A8L, it produces 406 lb-ft of torque rather than 428 lb-ft (A6 TDI). Its horsepower rating is identical however at 240 hp, but all the extra roominess comes with a starting price of $83,395. Fuel economy for such a large, luxury sedan is a respectable 24 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, though the A8L TDI is the slowest member of the A8 family, accelerating to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Audi A8L TDI Review

  • Alex Waardenburg

    I don’t really understand how a car with 24 mpg city gets number 3 ahead of the LEAF, but at least they recognized Tesla as the king.

  • EMartin

    Someone seems to like Audi…
    And not one mention of the Volt?

    Oh I see, He’s a performance car guy, so he has no real idea what he’s talking about.

  • Jon

    Only an hour or two of the most basic research on green cars would prove that this article is full of bias and complete misinformation. As previous commenters have said there is zero justification as to why any car that can’t acheive 40MPG would be listed as a green car. What a joke.

  • shane kullman

    Such a stupid list, No Volt or ELR makes this list void

  • Chris Boehm

    “24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway” – Oh yeah the Audi Q5 is soooo green. If only everyone in this country could drive a car that gets such stellar gas mileage…

  • essexhophead

    You should change the name of the article. There’s nothing ‘Green” about Audi or Mercedes diesels. ‘evaluated in 13 categories including emissions, fuel economy, acceleration, handling and other factors.’ So what are the other 9 factors?

  • Telveer

    This is baloney! The Volt should be topping this list!

  • Turbofroggy

    (reposting this comment as it was a good one but got deleted by the moderator)
    I am amazed at how many traditional ICE vehicles dominated this list. With the exception of the RAV4 EV, Nissan LEAF and Tesla Model S–the last of which deserved the top spot–this list is fraught with gas guzzlers. The first car on the list, the Audi A6, has a combined EPA rating of 29 MPG. Really? How did a car with a combined EPA rating of less than 30 even come close to making a “green” list? Number 7 on the list is even worse, with a 24/31 rating…that’s a combined MPG rating of 27-28 MPG. That’s called a gas guzzler.

    My Volt, by comparison, got over 40 MPG when taking a road trip across the state, and when I’m commuting, I continuously get 1000+ MPG because I never use gas on my commutes. According to VoltStats, I get 79.26 MPGe (MPG equivalent), which converts your electrical usage into MPG. My MPGe is actually higher now because it’s summer; that number was lowered by the exceedingly cold winter we had here in Michigan. But despite that, my Volt still did far better than EVERY vehicle on this list…except the Model S.

    I would take this list worth a grain of salt. I think the author felt guilty and included the LEAF and Model S. This is a list that would make OPEC proud.

  • Turbofroggy

    Who sponsored this list, Audi? Why no BMW i3, Smart ED, Fiat 500e, Mercedes B Electric Drive? Green means less emissions and less cost to operate, a quick trip over to fueleconomy got gov would completely prove this list bunk and biased.

  • Jamal

    Um, no one did. It’s released by AAA.

  • chargedup

    This is whole Lotta B.S my Volt crushes these foreign piece of crap cars

  • Matthew Sawyer

    Looks like it got undeleted, but thank you for posting it for me! It must’ve been the reference to VoltStats that dinged it.