Mother Earth News Names Best Green Cars for 2010

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In the midst of the auto industry's problems, consumers can find a silver lining: greener options. Mother Earth News names six models capable of 40 mpg or better.

Mother Earth News has covered green transportation since the 1970s.

"These are more than just green cars -- these meet the everyday needs of everyday people," says John Rockhold, managing editor of Mother Earth News.

Car buyers can find a silver lining in the auto industry’s recent storm of problems: greener options. Mother Earth News, the leading magazine dedicated to self-sufficient living and a longtime leader in covering green transportation, names the Best Green Cars of 2010 in the April-May issue, on newsstands March 23.

“Our Best Green Cars list praises innovation in practical, energy-efficient transportation,” says John Rockhold, managing editor of Mother Earth News and the author of the article.

For its inaugural list, Mother Earth News highlights the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Honda Civic Hybrid, Honda Insight, Toyota Prius, Volkswagen Golf TDI and Volkswagen Jetta TDI as the best green cars in the 2010 model year.

All six offer complete packages for drivers: gas mileage of 40 mpg or better, excellent environmental ratings, practical features, and solid ratings for safety and reliability. The magazine also breaks down the best green car options within several specific categories, including price, class, reliability, safety, interior room and more.

“These are more than just green cars — these models meet the everyday needs of everyday people,” Rockhold says. “And these cars are just the beginning of a new era of high-mpg options.”

Mother Earth News selected the models based on a combination of third-party environmental metrics, safety and reliability ratings, measurements of practicality, and firsthand drive tests.

About Mother Earth News
Mother Earth News ( is the Original Guide to Living Wisely. Launched in 1970, each bimonthly issue of Mother Earth News features practical and money-saving information on organic gardening; do-it-yourself projects; cutting energy costs; using renewable energy; green home building and remodeling; rural living; and conscientious, self-sufficient lifestyles.

About Ogden Publications
Ogden Publications Inc. ( is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Natural Home, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit. Ogden Publications also provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division.

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