Kelley Blue Book names best eco-friendly cars for Earth Day 2017

(April 17, 2017) IRVINE, Calif. — With Earth Day 2017 around the corner, the expert editors at Kelley Blue Book have named their top picks of eco-friendly new cars available under $40,000. The variety of hybrid, electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles recommended by editors all offer stellar fuel economy at affordable prices for the environmentally conscious new-car shopper.

"With each new model year there are more 'green car' choices than ever before," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

"Whether you are looking for something that stands out as visually unique to proclaim your environmental friendliness, or if you prefer your vehicle to blend in with the more traditionally gas-powered crowd, automakers now offer several vehicles with a variety of eco-friendly powertrain options to accommodate both the lifestyle and budget needs of just about any buyer."

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