Nissan LEAF Tops Kelley Blue Book’s “10 Best Green Cars of 2013” List; Tesla Model S in 2nd Place, Ford Focus Electric in 3rd

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For 2013, The Updated, Reduced-Price Nissan LEAF That's US-Built Tops Keely Blue Book's Green Car List

For 2013, The Updated, Reduced-Price Nissan LEAF That’s US-Built Tops Kelly Blue Book’s Green Car List

The list is out and this year’s winner found its way to the top due to a substantial price cut.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

The 2013 Nissan LEAF, which in S trim is at least $6,400 cheaper than any Model Year 2012 LEAF, edged out the Tesla Model S to take top honors in Kelley Blue Book’s (KBB) “10 Best green Cars of 2013.”

According to KBB, this year’s packed field of exceptional green vehicles made the selection process difficult.  Jack Nerad, KBB’s executive editorial director, describes the arduous selection process like this:

Ford Focus Electric

Ford Focus Electric

“We went round and around on which car would be number one.  It was a very difficult choice.  We went with the LEAF because it was so much improved, with a lower price and better battery range.”

In talking of the growing selection of eligible green vehicles, Nerad stated, “This year we had an embarrassment of riches,” meaning that the field was packed with worthy choices.

As mentioned, the Tesla Model S was beat by only the Nissan LEAF in KBB’s ranking, but KBB did say the Model S is “the electric car most likely to gain mainstream success.”

Other plug-in vehicles on KBB’s list included the Ford Focus Electric (3), Chevy Volt (4), Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid (5), Ford C-Max Energi (6) and the Honda Fit EV (8).  A couple conventional hybrids and some odd choices (Toyota Avalon) complete the list.

 

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4 responses to "Nissan LEAF Tops Kelley Blue Book’s “10 Best Green Cars of 2013” List; Tesla Model S in 2nd Place, Ford Focus Electric in 3rd"

  1. Brian says:

    Interesting that the Tesla Model S is “the electric car most likely to gain mainstream success” over a car that is 1/3 the price. As a rounded car – especially as an ONLY car – it hands down beats the Leaf. But I think they will be hard-pressed to sustain the kind of sales numbers they see today. By contrast, the Leaf can easily grow in sales to multiple car households.

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      I agree Brian. Wait, we agree on something? I need to rethink this… 🙂

    2. Josh says:

      Maybe they mean more mainstream customers might purchase it, that would imply in its own segment. I would agree if they added that qualifier.

      I.e. More potential 5 series purchasers will buy a model S than Camry buyers will purchase a LEAF.

      Total numbers will still favor the LEAF.

  2. John says:

    Just to round things out (and give Ford a little respect), I think the Focus has attributes that might easily find their way into the hearts of EV buyers. Based on the world’s best selling car (2012), the Focus Electric has both mainstream good looks and the plethora of aftermarket accessories that young buyers consider essential.