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Cars For The Eco-Friendly Driver

Cars have a history of being environmentally reckless. Emissions laws and the introduction to hybrid cars have been small steps in the right direction, but with all of the information out there, sometimes it’s hard to find the eco-friendly car we want without settling for a Toyota Prius.

Chevrolet Bolt

The Chevrolet Bolt isn’t the most common all-electric car on the road, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great option. The Bolt is a great option for a short-distance commuter vehicle that has an electric range of almost 240 miles – not too bad for one charge. The Bolt offers 200hp making a snappy compact with just enough power to enjoy your daily route without feeling as sluggish as you are before your morning coffee. With an original MSRP of just over $36,000 you can find used Bolts on the market for much less, and still get all of the fun, eco-friendly advantages of driving a fully-electric car.

CHICAGO – FEBRUARY 10: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is on display at the 109th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois on February 10, 2017. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

Volkswagen Jetta EcoDiesel

When it comes to being environmentally friendly, owning a diesel car probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but Volkswagen put their best foot forward in their modest and affordable design of the EcoDiesel Jetta. It may not be the fanciest luxury car on the market, and it isn’t very fast, either, but the Jetta is another great option for a commuter car. This lower-model Volkswagen is notoriously reliable, and they offer enough passenger and cargo room to make it feel more spacious than the compact sedan it is. For a starting price of almost $19,000, it’s a great option for an eco-friendly car without blowing the budget on a brand new Tesla.

Jonathan Browning President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, introduces the Volkwagen Jetta Hybrid vehicle during the press preview for the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit Michigan, January 9, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Geoff Robins (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP via Getty Images)

Tesla Model S

Speaking of Tesla, if you wanted an eco-friendly car without sacrificing all of the fun technology and features, you can spend around $70,000 – or more, depending on added features – on a brand new Tesla Model S. Tesla has been well-known for its environmentally friendly, futuristic cars and the Model S is no exception. Tesla has also been known for giving owners fun easter egg features like the Romance Mode or Atari Mode. The Model S has all of the technology you would imagine a spaceship has, and for the purchasing price, Tesla spared no expense, making it a great option for a high-end eco-friendly car.

BMW I3

The BMW I3 is a relatively odd-looking car that lacks the cool aesthetic appeal we have common to know and love from BMW. The quirky I3 has only 150 miles of fully electric range but is offered with an optional emergency-backup gasoline engine and a fuel tank that holds just under 2 gallons. The I3 is unlike anything else on the street, except maybe a Smart car.

There has become such an abundance of EcoDiesel, hybrid and fully-electric cars and SUVs on the market that we are no longer limited to just a select handful. In fact, some of these cars are so cool, you would want to pick them over a standard gasoline engine just for the features and styling alone. Over the next decade, it is clear that more and more car manufacturers are willing to step up and create more eco-friendly cars, and it seems like so far the consumer basis is willing to rise up and meet them.