Most winners of Cars.com’s slate of Best of 2021 awards were announced in February and March — with the top honor going to the 2021 Ford F-150 — but, where environmental consciousness is concerned, we conserved the best for last. Just in time for Earth Day last week, the all-new Ford Mustang Mach-E all-electric SUV claimed the last remaining 2021 title, Best Eco-Friendly Car of the Year — and, subsequently the No. 1 spot on our weekly countdown of the most popular Cars.com articles.
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Award judges lauded the Mustang Mach-E for its 300-mile maximum driving range, palatable small-SUV packaging, sporty exterior styling and off-the-line acceleration worthy of its pony-car namesake. The Mach-E sprints from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds at its quickest — but without the real Mustang’s carbon hoofprint.
“Though pure battery-electric vehicles are arguably the most eco-friendly type — especially when fueled with cleaner electricity from renewable sources — Cars.com hasn’t rushed to select an EV as its Best Eco-Friendly Car every year, mainly for reasons of accessibility. Many Americans aren’t in the position to charge at home, and many of the most recognizable or even desirable EVs aren’t available nationwide, a requirement of ours,” judges stated. “The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E meets our top criteria at a time when the need for zero-tailpipe-emission vehicles appears greater than ever.”
Follow the link below to our first-place finisher of the week for the full story — including further context on award also-rans the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Hyundai Elantra and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.
The Mustang Mach-E efficiently defeated another occupant of the eco-friendly front this week, the 2021 Nissan Leaf. The Leaf’s charge could only get it to a (still respectable) No. 3 finish on the weekly countdown as we tick off the three things we like, and a matching set of dislikes, about the current version of Nissan’s all-electric compact hatchback. Our reviewer lauded the Leaf for being fun to drive, for its 200% range boost and for its generous amount of driver-assistance features and other tech.
Rounding out the top five this week are our advice on whether it’s a shrewd fiscal decision to use your stimulus windfall to pay off your auto loan early (short answer: quite likely) at No. 2, what you can do to put a stop to those B.S. robocalls about your car’s warranty expiring at No. 4 and a rundown of the seven best features that single-vehicle families should put on their car-shopping checklist (things like memory settings, multi-zone climate control and ample USB ports) at No. 5.
Beyond that, we’ve got headlines on Honda’s planned lineup of EV SUVs, the Kia Seltos and Soul, the Lexus ES, and the Subaru Crosstrek, Impreza and Forester — and much more where all that came from. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:
1. 2021 Best Eco-Friendly Car of the Year
2. Should I Pay Off My Car Loan Early?
3. A New Nissan Leaf Brings Mixed Results: 3 Things We Like and 3 We Do Not
4. Why Do I Keep Getting Phone Calls About My Car’s Warranty Expiring and How Do I Stop Them?
5. Best Features for One-Car Families
6. Which Cars Have Head-Up Displays?
7. Honda EV SUVs Coming as 2024 Models, Fully Electric Lineup by 2040
8. Latest Kia Recall Addresses Fire Risk in Seltos, Soul
9. Updated 2022 Lexus ES Addresses One of Its Greatest Misses
10. Subaru Issues Big Recalls for Crosstrek, Impreza, Forester
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