CHICAGO, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cars.com, the leading online resource for buying and selling new and used vehicles, has released its annual list of the U.S. cities with the most eco-friendly car shoppers. Data is compiled based on car shopper searches on Cars.com for hybrid and electric cars. Based on the results from the list, car shoppers in California continue to be the most eco-conscious with seven of the top ten cities falling in the state.
"With gas prices continuing to rise, car shoppers have more reason than ever to shop for eco-friendly cars," said Joe Wiesenfelder, Cars.com's Executive Editor and resident green expert. "Not only do these high-efficiency cars save money at the pump, but they are also great for the environment."
Cities with the greenest car shoppers, according to Cars.com search data are (ranked from greenest to least green):
- San Francisco – Oakland – San Jose, CA
- Charlottesville, VA
- Los Angeles, CA
- San Diego, CA
- Monterey – Salinas, CA
- Chico – Redding, CA
- Santa Barbara – Santa Mario – San Luis Obispo, CA
- Portland, OR
- Sacramento – Stockton – Modesto, CA
- Seattle – Tacoma, WA
"While California continues to lead in car shoppers' adoption of hybrid and electric cars, overall demand for these green cars has led car companies to make hybrids in all shapes and sizes, capable of accommodating the needs of just about any type of driver," said Wiesenfelder. "Inventory of hybrid and electric cars on Cars.com is already up 22% this year, further demonstrating that automakers are catching up to car shopper demand."
Cars.com is an award-recognized online destination for car shoppers that offers information from experts and consumers to help buyers formulate opinions on what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car. Cars.com offers thousands of new and used vehicle listings, expert and consumer reviews, side-by-side comparison and build and price tools, photo galleries, videos, unbiased editorial content and many other resources. As the 2013 "Highest Ranked Third-Party Automotive Mobile Site" by J.D. Power, Cars.com puts millions of car buyers in control of their shopping process with the information they need to make stress-free buying decisions. Launched in June 1998, Cars.com is a division of Classified Ventures LLC, which is owned by leading media companies, including A.H. Belo (NYSE: AHC), Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI), Tribune Company and The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).