Prius Ranked Less Green Than Mini Cooper D

I was never much a fan of hybrids... having two engines instead of one just seemed to make things expensive and complicated... and it appears that others have validated my complaints. When total life-cycle environmental damage is tallied, the Prius ranks #12 in "overall greenness."

Although the Prius gets 50 miles to the gallon -- I verified this myself -- it's still less green than city roadsters like the Mini Cooper, Ford Ka, or the Fiat. This is because the creation and maintenance of a Prius causes much more environmental damage than most people realize... you need to drive a lot to offset that damage.

The top green cars are:

  1. Smart Roadster
  2. Smart Fortwo cabriolet
  3. Citroen C1 1.0i
  4. Peugeot 107 1.0
  5. Citroen C1 1.4 HDi
  6. Fiat Panda 1.2
  7. Ford Ka 1.3
  8. Toyota Yaris 1.0
  9. Fiat Panda 100hp
  10. Peugeot 206 1.4
  11. Mini Cooper D
  12. Toyota Prius 1.5

Three cheers for the Mini Cooper D! I wish it was available in the US... but our diesel emissions laws are a bit stricter. It gets 62 MPG with 110 HP, which is pretty dang good...

The researchers believe that the Prius will fall further in ranking next year, because clean diesel/gasoline technology is progressing rapidly... whereas hybrid technology has pretty much stagnated. Of course, I'm still waiting for supercapacitors to become available... then maybe I'd build my own green car.

Of course, I'd have to beg and plead Tom Chaffee to help me...

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I see your point, but...

... considering the Prius is the only one of these vehicles available in the United States right now (I believe), I'd say it's still not a bad investment.

I, for one, would love to drive a Smart. Not sure if it's a great choice for Minnesota, though. Partly because of weather, partly because I don't trust other drivers that select large vehicles based on weather and often manage to land those large vehicles in the ditch with greater frequency than other, smaller vehicles.

prius only car availible?????????????????

you are totally wrong if u payed attention an looked one car up its the mini cooper are u blind!!! and all of these cars are availble to the general public u just have to look hard enough and do u research on either how u can import one. for a simple small shipping cost or look for a dealer in the US im sure ther is a pugeot enthusiast somwher in the country..

true...

I'm hoping that green diesels become more available in the US... so we can put this hybrid stuff behind us.

Because of the shipping industry, I highly doubt diesel will go away any time soon. And clean diesel technology is very much in the interests of the shipping industry, because it ultimately saves money. Consumer cars can piggyback on this technology a little, and innovate where needed.

But, supercapacitors may be viable in 10 years... which means people have 1 or 2 cars to choose between then and now. If you keep your Prius for 10 years, then fine. Otherwise, wait a few, and pick up a clean diesel.

importing mini cooper D

importing a mini from Europe is expensive, plus you'll need to spend extra $$$ to make sure it complies with US safety and (in some regions) air quality laws. Because of the newer laws about diesel particulates, I doubt importing a Mini D would be cost effective for most folks in most parts of the US.

The good news is that Mini has confirmed that they will be marking the Mini D in the US in 2010 or 2011:

http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/2009-02-09-mini-diesel_N.htm

Lupo 3L

Why the Volkswagen Lupo 3L isn't mentioned on the list puzzles me, it has a fuel consumption of 3 Liter / 100 km...

till this day it has the lowest fuel consumption of all production cars.

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