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Eco-friendly cars – top 5 that ruled 2016

Today’s auto industry is incredibly versatile. The latest models available in the market are tech-enabled, lightweight, easy to drive, and ultimately, eco-friendly. Choosing a type that lives up to your expectations can be a challenge tough. Green cars in particular, have won a lot of ground lately. Even top tier manufacturers like BMW, Porsche and Tesla have models you need to check out. Green cars are not just conveniently priced. Some of them feature benefits that go beyond the mere meaning of an eco-friendly vehicle that drives slowly. Here are 5 top green cars that managed to rule 2016, thus far.

BMW X3 (G01)

  1. BMW X3

BMW’s latest X3 model works on clean diesel. The fact that is packs an alternative engine doesn’t affect its speed ratio and driving range while on the road. On the contrary, the car has an EPA estimated mileage of 27-34-30 mpg for highway and city driving combined. There’s also a 6 mpg included that claims to be more efficient that X3 models that are gas-powered. The eco-friendly model is with just $1,500 more expensive than the classic model, so we would say it’s worth taking a chance and choosing the hybrid variant. The eco-friendly BMW X3 can easily handle 600 miles with a tank of gas and an alternative electrically-powered motor; which is pretty good.

  1. Lexus CT 200h

On the market for an affordable eco-friendly car? Look no further and go with a Lexus. The latest CT 200h model packs an estimated EPA of 43-40-42 mpg both on a highway and in the city. Featuring a compact, good-looking appearance and sporty personality, Lexus CT 200h is pretty fun to drive. It has a hatchback body and folding backseats to compensate for the small size. Incredibly versatile, this car is everything you need to travel the world. The blend of sporty character and fuel economy makes the CT a sleek vehicle with a starting price of $30,000.

  1. Mazda CX-5

Who says you can’t have fun while driving an efficient cars? As a matter of fact, you can and the latest CX-5 model from Mazda will exceed your expectations. Those looking to invest in fuel-efficiency should definitely have a closer look at this variant. The CX-5 has an EPA rate of 26-35-29 mpg on highways and in cities; it packs a 6-speed manual transmission, nice-looking body and excellent driving. Among some other benefits, we must also talk about the smooth handling, excellent front seats, expressive design and efficient powertrain. Known as a competent athletic crossover, the CX-5 starts a price of $21,000; variants with automatic transmissions feature slightly higher prices beginning from $29,000.

2016 Mazda CX-5

  1. Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Toyota is a car manufacturers that has been dominating the auto industry (hybrid sector in particular) for many years. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the newest Avalon Hybrid model is a top-seller. Featuring consistent mileage improvements compared to other models that work on gas, the hybrid variant has an estimated EPA of 40-39-40 mpg, the highest when compared to similar sedans currently available. The rating improves on non-hybrid Avalon models by an astounding 19 mpg, thus making the vehicle an excellent choice for families and commuters constantly on the go. It also prides with a well-controlled system, responsive & refined powertrains, spacious interiors, and advanced safety tech.

  1. Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid

We never pictures Porsche as a hybrid fan, but then again you must give people what they want to be able to live up to the competition. The latest Cayenne S Hybrid actually pretty great. As opposed to most luxury hybrids on the market, the Cayenne S packs smooth driving, increased efficiency and groundbreaking tech advances. The model is the proud owner of 3.0 l super-charged V6 motor and an infused 70 kW electric engine. When combined, these two powertrains pack a total of 416 hp. With permanent all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission, it’s safe to say that the Cayenne S Hybrid is spectacular.

2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo front

The auto industry was taken by storm this 2016 by eco-friendly cars. The array of models is endless, and it’s safe to say that this is just the beginning. Faster hybrids are coming up next, as well as faster fully-electrics. Manufacturers are constantly striving to wow its customer base, whether they’re average buyers searching for convenience or top-tier collectors hunting for the most exclusive models on the market. As far as future expectations are concerned, there’s no doubt that in the following 5 years all the above mentioned manufactures will come up with even better variants.

By Christopher Austin and Design911.co.uk!

A Close Look At The Lexus CT 200H

Lexus have been at the forefront of hybrid technology since it arrived. They are always worth looking at if you are in the market for a more environmentally friendly ride. Their latest attempt at a hybrid is the CT 200H – a slick looking hatchback, which is the subject of varying opinion.

On the one hand, you have the car reviewers – and they aren’t overly impressed. However, when you look at user reviews – the ones that matter – people seem to love their new CT200H. So, what’s the truth? In today’s guide, we’re going to take a closer look at the Lexus CT200H and reveal our full opinion. Read on to find out more!


The Basics

The CT200H has been on the scene for some time now, and it is still a big draw for punters looking to embrace hybrid tech. It’s a hatchback, too; probably the best hatchback hybrid option out there – for now. So, it gives you a little mobility around a city setting, and it has enough about it to draw admiring glances.

However, there is some stiff competition arriving on the scene these days. Audi has the A3 Sportback e-on coming out, and the Toyota RAV4 can also be put in the hatchback category. So, the big question is, can the Lexus CT200H hold on to its draw as its rivals appear on the streets?

Style and Options

So, looking from the outside in, the CT200H is an attractive sight, without blowing you away. It’s a four-door hatchback with enough room to fit five passengers in comfort – not bad for its size. Your basic models start with a set of 170-inch alloy wheels, auto headlights and a sunroof. You can also expect heated mirrors, keyless ignition, and premium vinyl upholstery.

Upgrades are available, of course. Highlights include heated seats, automatic windscreen wipers, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. You can also add on a nice looking audio system complete with ten speakers dotted around the car. There’s also the standard display screens to think about, and you can upgrade, so the system has an extra USB slot.

The luxury package has all these features on board, of course, and a little more. You can upgrade the vinyl seats to leather, and your touchscreen interface can include HD radio and a navigation system. Telematics will be on board, too, and if you go for the sports version, you can enjoy the obligatory spoiler on the back.

Interior and Comfort

Sitting in the CT200H is a pleasant experience, albeit not one that screams luxury. It’s no surprise given its price point – a quick look at the RRG Group will tell you how much you can expect to pay. However, Lexus have been clever with their materials. They are using recycled, sustainable gear to furnish the car wherever possible. So, not only are you using less fuel, but you are also helping the environment in a material sense, too.


The seats are comfy and feel robust enough for a hard drive. There’s plenty of leg space, too. Getting into the car is another thing entirely, however. The front doors are fine, but the passenger doors are on the small side. Adults of a larger size might struggle to get in and out with any ease – or composure.

There’s a good amount of space in the back, but you can’t expect miracles with a hatchback. That said, put the back seats down and you will free up enough room for a road trip or a holiday for two.


OK, so let’s start the engine. The Lexus CT200H is not going to win any awards for speed and acceleration. It’s a little sluggish on the motorways, to be honest, with total output sitting at 134 hp. It’s going to take you over ten seconds to get from 0-60 mph – not great, but it won’t keep you struggling to overtake milk vans.

Of course, when you have a hybrid car, you have two choices. You can go for power and speed, but expect to pay through the nose when it comes to fuel efficiency. So, if you are looking for an excellent mpg rate rather than a speedster, the CT200H is worth a look. Lexus estimate you can get around 42mpg combined although this can be more for city driving.

All this said, the CT200H is a handy little vehicle, and handles well. There are automatic collision sensors on board, too, so you shouldn’t have any problems parking in busy areas. In short, it’s a great little car for the city and town – but less so for long distance drivers.


So where is the disconnect between reviewers and the general public when it comes to the Lexus CT200H? Well, just like art and movie critics, auto reviewers can be a snobby bunch. There’s an element of dislike in mainstream cars, and even the good ones seem to receive faint praise.

But, reviewers just aren’t like the rest of us. They get to drive some of the best vehicles on the road, but won’t take them out for long. So, while their first impressions will involve comparing a car with stiff competition, they won’t have time to get a real feel for the vehicle.

Average folk tend to feel a little different. They have the time to get to know the car. Owners begin to notice the money saving through fuel economy, work out the car’s quirks, and get to enjoy the experience a lot more.

So the big question is, can the Lexus CT200H stand up as your next car? If you are in the market for a hybrid hatchback, it’s still one of your best options. Whether it can hold off from its competitors for much longer, though, is another question entirely. For the moment, though, it is a great city car that offers a lot of value and options. It’s a good entry point for anyone new to hybrids and looks stylish enough to appease most tastes.

Think the CT200H might be for you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!