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Total Car Score Ranks the Top 2012 Alternative Fuel Vehicles These are the Top 10 diesel and hybrid vehicles for environmentally oriented shoppers

LOS ANGELES, April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Total Car Score (www.totalcarscore.com) today released its ranking of the top 2012 alternative fuel models for each major vehicle segment.

"Buying an alternative fuel vehicle has become the equivalent to buying a smartphone," said Karl Brauer, editor-in-chief of Total Car Score. "In a very short period of time the question for many consumers has shifted from 'Should I buy a smartphone?' to 'Which smartphone should I buy?' The same thing is happening with alternative drivetrain vehicles. That is why we compiled this list: to give car buyers who know they want an alternative fuel vehicle a better idea of the top offering in each category."

Brauer added that another factor in putting the list together is that today nearly every carmaker has entered into the alternative fuel race with at least one model. "In the very near future," Brauer said, "offering a range of drivetrains, with at least one alternative fuel option, is going to be the norm, not the exception."

The ranking of alternative fuel vehicles was compiled using Total Car Score's unique vehicle rating system. The Total Car Score comes from a comprehensive system of evaluating every vehicle on the market using an industry-wide standard. The "Total Car Score" (TCS) awarded to a vehicle is a comprehensive number that aggregates car ratings from the top industry authorities and incorporates fuel efficiency and safety components.

Top Rated Alternative Fuel 2012 Models

Make

Model

Segment

Engine Type

MPG

TCS

Honda

CR-Z

Sport Coupe and Convertible

Hybrid

37

75.75

Volkswagen

Golf

Compact Sedans and Wagons

Diesel

34

79.63

Toyota

Camry

Midsize Sedans and Wagons

Hybrid

41

85.59

Buick

Lacrosse

Large Sedans and Wagons

Hybrid

29

84.86

Lincoln

MKZ

Entry Luxury Sedans and Wagons

Hybrid

39

79.41

Mercedes-Benz

E-Class

Luxury Sedans and Wagons

Diesel

25

84.25

Lexus

LS

Ultra Luxury Cars

Hybrid

20

89.78

Volkswagen

Touareg

Midsize SUVs and Crossovers

Diesel

22

77.21

Toyota

Highlander

Large SUVs and Crossovers

Hybrid

28

81.12

Lexus

RX

Luxury SUVs and Crossovers

Hybrid

30

85.36

About Total Car Score

TotalCarScore.com is an automotive research and comparison website that establishes a new industry-wide standard for ranking every car, truck, van and SUV/crossover on the market. TotalCarScore.com evaluates and ranks cars according to an aggregate score based on the most trusted automotive authorities available. The site also features original content, reviews and insights from a veteran automotive journalism and data team. For more information, please go to www.totalcarscore.com.

For more information, contact:
Raymee Alper for Total Car Score
314-968-7712
raymee (at) traffic-prm.com

 

SOURCE Total Car Score



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