Eco-Friendly Car of the Year Nominees

Best Car for Green Drivers

2014 Nissan Leaf Eco-Friendly Car of the Year nominee and Best Green Car

2014 Nissan Leaf

Cited every year since its introduction, the Nissan Leaf vies again for the top spot thanks to changes that have made it more accessible and desirable: a drop in the base price of almost $6,500 and the option to recharge twice as quickly — roughly four hours where it used to take eight — on a 240-volt, Level 2 charging system. Due to overly optimistic expectations, electric cars looked down for the first couple of years, but they're clearly not out. Public charging stations continue to spread, and EVs prove cheap to own, making proven plug-ins like the Leaf more viable than ever.

Best Deal for Green Drivers

2014 Toyota Prius c Eco-Friendly Car of the Year nominee and Best Deal for Green Drivers

2014 Toyota Prius c

The Toyota Prius c was a long time coming. After the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius began the hybrid revolution, automakers went a bit haywire, hybridizing everything from luxury cars and sport sedans to full-size pickup trucks and SUVs, some of which weren't even very efficient. No one took the Prius' winning formula — exceptionally high mileage and affordability — and did the obvious thing: go smaller and cheaper. Toyota finally has with the Prius C, a kid brother that sacrifices some room for a lower price and a 53 mpg city mileage estimate — the best you can get. What took so long?