"Green Cars: Summer 2010"

By KBJR News 1

August 11, 2010 Updated Aug 11, 2010 at 8:57 AM CST

Posted by Jeff Edmondson

The summer driving season is just around the corner and maybe you're thinking it might be time to get a new car.

In this week's "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes a look at some environmentally conscious choices you can consider before buying your next car.

Whether it's a quick trip to the grocery store to pick up the bacon you forgot, or over the hills to grandma's for the weekend we all went to spend less at the pump. So if you ready to find a new car that drinks a little less there are some things you need to keep in mind.

Cargo space and the amount of passengers you need to carry can limit your choices if you want to get a smaller car with great gas mileage, or a larger car that gets average gas mileage.

Hybrids can usually offer you the best of both worlds and have proven to be a reliable option.

"The reliability rating is above average and Toyota backs it with an 8 year, 80 thousand mile warranty", said David Solan at Kolar Toyota.

The Toyota Prius can achieve over 50 miles per gallon in the city and high 40s on the highway. The Honda Insight, can achieve low 40s, but the up front cost is much less.
And besides being your commuter car, it can also provide an avenue for a little friendly competition.

"There are many contests where people with the Prius and the Hybrids go out and see how far they can get on a gallon of gas", said Solan.

A pickup truck can be great when you need to haul large amounts of cargo around town, but if you don't, have you considered getting a Smart Fortwo?

If you're not familiar with these two–seaters – they can get as good as or better gas mileage as a hybrid for a fraction of the price with no compromise in safety.
In addition, you have enough cargo room in the bag to pack two sets of golf clubs.
Whatever car you get, make sure it's something you like to drive so you can have fun, and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.
For the Northlands Newscenter, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson.

If you are shopping for a truck with high gas mileage you could consider:
+ Ford Ranger Pickup 2WD (22 city/ 27 highway)
+ Toyota Tacoma 2WD (19 city/ 25 highway)
+ Chevrolet Silverado 15 Hybrid 2WD (21 city/ 22 highway)
+ GMC Sierra 15 Hybrid 2WD (21 city/ 22 highway)

SUV's with the best gas mileage, these get 34 city/31 highway:
+ Ford Escape Hybrid FWD
+ Mazda Tribute Hybrid 2WD
+ Mercury Mariner Hybrid FWD

To see what other cars get for gas mileage visit:
www.fueleconomy.gov