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Autobytel 2012 Alternative Fuel Car of the Year

Michelle Naranjo
by Michelle Naranjo
January 1, 2012
4 min. Reading Time

Alternative fuel cars are no longer the obvious and familiar hybrids or the converted bio-fuel cars that started the petroleum saving trend. The three finalist for the Autobytel 2012 Alternative Fuel Car of the Year each take a swing at the trend in very different ways.

Alternative fuels can mean many things: electric, combinations of electric and petroleum and now, even the increasingly accepted diesel. While not always about saving the Earth and being green, alternative fueled cars can save the real green, e.g. dollars and buyers can now enjoy all of the options avaliable in many configurations and price points.

Read on to see which three top the list and why they make the grade as Autobytel 2012 Alternative Fuel Cars of the Year.

Autobytel 2012 Alternative Fuel Car of the Year Winner: 2012 Toyota Prius V

The original Toyota Prius has become an iconic representative of the hybrid and alternative fuel market so what better than a version where form meets increased functionality, cargo space passenger comfort based on a proven hybrid powertrain? The Autobytel 2012 ALternative Fuel Car of the Year is the all-new 2012 Toyota Prius v.

While Toyota would insist that "v" is for versatility, the shape of the 2012 Toyota Prius v indicates more of "v" for van. and What's more appealing to hybrid car fans than the ever-popular Toyota Prius hatchback? Autobytel's Benjamin Hunting writes,  "The 2012 Toyota Prius V is a new member of Toyota's hybrid family and one that aims to offer battery-powered car aficionados the chance to take advantage of wagon-like capabilities while still enjoying the excellent fuel economy that has become the Prius' calling card."

The size of the Prius v is only 6 inches more than the traditional Prius hatchback but the increase in interior space is exponential, assisted by rear seats that slide to accomodate passenger legs or cargo in the back. At 42 mpg on the highway, the 2012 Prius v is in more efficient than similar sized wagons and hatchbacks.


Autobytel 2012 Alternative Fuel Car of the Year Finalist: 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist

A luxury sedan that secretly passes with hybrid-style technology? As a finalist of the Autobytel 2012 Alternative Fuel Car of the Year, the 2012 Buick LaCrosse delivers exactly that kind of stealthy behavior: one that many buyers won't even realize.

The 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist is a hybrid and uses a mild hybrid system to significantly reduce emissions and improve fuel economy by up to 25% with innovations like automatic start/stop technology thanks to an oversized generator in place of an alternator, electricity producing regenerative braking and a high capacity lithium ion battery pack to store the extra electrons. That means up to 36 mpg on the highway: all of that in a luxury sedan package from that upstart Buick.


Autobytel A2012 Alternative Vehicle of the Year Finalist: 2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

As a compact sedan with 90% less soot than the diesels of yesteryear, the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI is a finalist for the Autobytel 2012 Alternative Fuel Car of the Year and is winning the hearts and minds of buyers everywhere with its fuel-efficient powerplant.

Despite the assignation as a compact sedan, the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI is actually more inline with a mid-size sedan since the Americanized re-design. Catching about 42 mpg per gallon in a mid-sized sedan is pretty impressive and, starting at $16.495, is actually less expensive than the 2010 model.


Autobytel Wants to Hear from You

The editorial staff of Autobytel has chosen the previous three alternative fuel cars as the best of what we have seen for 2012, and while there are many others in this class that probably deserve some kudos as well, we'd love to hear which one of the previous three you would choose for yourself.

See the Autobytel 2012 Car of the Year and the Autobytel 2012 Truck of the Year.



See More of Autobytel's Picks for the Year:

 Autobytel 2012 Compact Car of the Year

 Autobytel 2012 Convertible of the Year

 Autobytel 2012 Sedan of the Year

 Autobytel 2012 Luxury Car of the Year

 Autobytel 2012 SUV of the Year

 Autobytel 2012 Luxury SUV of the Year

 Autobytel 2012 Crossover of the Year

 Autobytel 2012 Sports Car of the Year

 Autobytel 2012 Alternative Fuel Car of the Year

 Autobytel 2012 Pickup Truck of the Year

 Autobytel 2012 Van/Minivan of the Year

 Autobytel 2012 Wagon of the Year


 2012 Hyundai Veloster

 2012 Audi R8 Spyder

 2012 Kia Optima

 2012 Audi A7

 2012 Jeep Wrangler

 2012 Range Rover Evoque

 2012 Mazda CX-5

 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

 2012 Toyota Prius v

 2012 Ford F-150 EcoBoost

 2012 Honda Odyssey

 2012 Cadillac CTS Wagon


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