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Eco-Friendly Car of the Year: 2018 Nominees

By Fred Meier

January 3, 2018

Here are the 2018 nominees for Cars.com’s Eco-Friendly Car of the Year.

2000px-2018-Chevrolet-BoltEV-006-OEM.jpg 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV | Manufacturer image

2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevrolet's Bolt EV electric hatchback is a zero-emissions vehicle that's a real car for real people at a realistic price. It gets 238 miles of EPA-rated range on a charge, and it costs $37,495, including a destination fee, to drive home a base model — before applying an available $7,500 federal tax credit and any state or local incentives. But beyond impressive numbers, the Bolt EV is a car you can enjoy. Distinctive styling almost gives it a small SUV look, while clever packaging provides a lot more space inside than you'd expect. The cabin design is fresh and different — without being weird — and it's packed with multimedia tech. The Bolt EV's also fun to drive, with instant electric punch when the light turns green.

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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

A minivan is family-friendly, but eco-friendly? Not so much, unless it's the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid — the planet's only hybrid minivan, and a plug-in at that. The minivan's hybrid version has just about everything that made the Chrysler Pacifica Cars.com's Best of 2017, plus an EPA-rated 33 miles of electric-only carpool range and a big boost in fuel economy. You also still get the Pacifica's curvy, anti-minivan styling, decent ride and handling, and a boatload of available family features and creature comforts. The hybrid model is more expensive, but the premium is offset for most by a federal tax credit, as well as a savings, the EPA estimates, of $450 a year in fuel costs.

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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited
28,601 mi.
$40,990
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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Touring L
47,171 mi.
$36,500
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2018 Honda Civic

Eco-friendly efficiency at a budget-friendly price makes the Honda Civic with a 174-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder a smart choice. The Civic four-door sedan with that engine, which is standard in the EX-T trim level and higher, and the optional continuously variable automatic transmission is EPA-rated at 32/42/36 mpg city/highway/combined and priced as low as $23,290 with a destination fee. Skeptical about that mileage? Cars.com editors have found the Civic meets or beats those ratings in real-world driving. The Civic is a spacious car with excellent gas mileage, agile driving dynamics, above-average reliability and top safety ratings at a price less than the average for new vehicles.

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2018 Honda Civic EX
48,254 mi.
$23,750
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2018 Honda Civic EX
49,206 mi.
$24,950
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