Top 10 Green Cars: Clean Diesel Powers 5 Out of 10 of AAA’s Green Cars for 2014

The Automotive Association of America, phonetically known as “Triple-A,” or even “AAA” announced their Top 10 green cars for 2014.  Here’s the list, via Professional Automotive and Motorsports News and Information:

  1. 2013 Tesla S P85 (Electric)
  2. 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV (Electric)
  3. 2014 Audi A7 TDI Quattro (Clean Diesel)
  4. 2013 Lexus GS 450h (Hybrid)
  5. 2013 Nissan Leaf (Electric)
  6. 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid (Hybrid)
  7. 2014 Audi Q5 TDI Quattro Tiptronic (Clean Diesel)
  8. 2014 Audi A8 L TDI Quattro Tiptronic (Clean Diesel)
  9. 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC (Clean Diesel)
  10. 2014 Audi A6 TDI Quattro Tiptronic (Clean Diesel)

It’s probably no surprise that electric vehicles win the top spot; or even the #2 spot (although the fact that it goes to a RAV4 EV IS of note).  What got me was that the Nissan Leaf wasn’t in the top 3, and the Prius was nowhere to be found.

The big surprise was that turbodiesels ruled 5 of the top 10.  Number 3 is the 2014 Audi A7 TDI Quattro.  In fact, Audi makes 4 of the 5 clean diesel winners.  That was a shocker as well.  I would imagine the Benz-ians are taking note.

Anyway, back to the A7.  This is a beast of a green car.  From the press kit:

The 3.0 liter TDI clean diesel engine, revised for the 2013 Model Year, delivers an impressive 406 lb-ft of torque and generates 240 hp. Achieving 28 mpg in highway driving, the Q7 TDI produces 20 percent fewer CO2 emissions than a comparable gasoline engine and meets or exceeds 50 state emissions requirements The 3.0 TFSI® engine produces either 280 hp or an increased horsepower of 333 for the higher output 3.0T S line.

Translated, it means that the turbo diesel can make 2.2 tons go from zero to sixty in 7.7 seconds.  It can also get 22 MPG on a combined city/highway route.  MPG ratings for a new car, in MY experience, are usually low.

The here are the real details on the car, using the HECN New Vehicle Configurator from Edmunds:

  • Invoice is $62,218
  • True Market Value is $63,537
  • MSRP is $66,900.

I used the Configurator to just plain load one up with 80% of all available bells and whistles for a True Market Value price of $78,885.  Didn’t add the super-premium video and audio system for $5900, though.  I’ve got my limits….

Oh, BTW I’ve included a nice review of the A7 TDI from Consumer Reports.  Click on the video above.

 

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