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
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
"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.