Thursday, May 19, 2016

KBB Says 2016 Prius Is Number One

Our friends at the Kelly Blue Book have made a list, it's the top ten "fuel sippers for 2016" and like the terrible title, the list isn't all that great as much as we love to see the Prius taking the top spot.
Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com 10 Favorite Fuel Sippers of 2016 
1.  2016 Toyota Prius 
The Prius made the idea of a mainstream hybrid realistic, and helped change the way we look at cars. The all-new 2016 Prius is more enjoyable to drive, while at the same time boasting even more amazing fuel efficiency.
City/hwy/combined mpg: 54/50/52 
2.  2016 Chevrolet Volt
The second-generation Volt is more efficient, more practical and just plain more appealing than its predecessor.
First 53 miles: 106 mpge combined
Next 367 miles: 42 mpg combined 
3.  2016 Tesla Model S AWD - 70D
The celebrity of electrified personal transportation, the Model S appeals with an impressive mix of good looks, massive 17-inch touchscreen, jaw-dropping acceleration, everyday practicality and unmatched battery range.
City/hwy/combined mpge: 101/102/101
Range: 240 miles    
4.  2016 BMW i3
The futuristic and fun-to-drive BMW i3 is the most efficient car in the country according to EPA figures. It's even manufactured in an earth-friendly manner, in a plant powered completely by four wind turbines.
City/hwy/combined mpge: 137/111/124
Range: 81 miles
Ok, great so far. All good cars. All reasonably, well, sort of, priced. All readily available.
5.  2016 Volkswagen e-Golf
Combining the instant oomph of electric power with sharp handling and engaging European driving feel, the e-Golf delivers a unique mix of efficiency, affordability and fun.
City/hwy/combined mpge: 126/105/116
Range: 83 miles
Name how many of these you've seen in the wild? On a lot? The only place I can find this car is in a Google image search.
6.  2016 Kia Soul Electric  
Packed to its tall roof with style and features, the gas-powered Kia Soul is a regular entry on our annual list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000. Electric power raises the price, but makes the Soul even cooler.
City/hwy/combined mpge: 120/92/105
Range: 93 miles
I don't really have anything smartass to say about the Soul EV. If you like the styling, it looks like a fun EV.
7.  2016 BMW i8
The i8 is a 357-horsepower supercar that's also an eco-minded all-star. The stylish coupe rockets from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds, yet can be driven on pure electric power with zero emissions. It's also the most expensive car on this list, with a starting sticker price of $140,700.
First 14 miles: 76 mpge combined
Next 316 miles: 28 mpg combined
Nah. Sorry, at a buck and half large, it's really kind of silly. I get that it's a performance monster but the Tesla is faster and, arguably, almost half the price.
8.  2016 Toyota Mirai
As clean as an electric car but quickly refillable like a gas-powered car, the hydrogen-powered Mirai is something of a best-of-both-worlds proposition. Availability is extremely limited – both the vehicle and the fuel -- but the otherwise practical, comfortable Mirai is a promising glimpse into a possible future.
Combined mpge: 67
Range per refill: 312 miles
This makes no freaking sense at all. Again, a rare beast and for good reason, the fuel for it may be the most common element in the universe but trying fueling up your Mirai can be next to impossible. It might be time to acknowledge that H2 fuel cell vehicles never delivered on any of their promises they've been making for a very long time.
9.  2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid
The famously reliable and well-rounded Toyota Camry is the best-selling car in the country year after year, and the sub-$30,000 Camry Hybrid adds a 41-mpg cherry on top.
City/hwy/combined mpg: 43/39/41 
10.  2016 Ford Focus Electric
Like the traditionally powered Ford Focus compact car, the Focus Electric is simply more fun to drive than most of its competitors.
City/hwy/combined mpge: 110/99/105
Range: 76 miles
Like fuel for the Mirai, this is almost imaginary. Ford runs this thing up the flag whenever someone pokes them and asks them what they're doing that isn't gas but Ford's commitment to this vehicle, actually making it and putting it on dealer floors and selling it to customers, is a sad, sad joke.