Buying a family car is not an easy decision. There are many things that need to be considered: safety, comfort, price and mileage. Here are some of the best family cars for the year 2012 that are also environmentally friendly. If you are planning on buying a family electric or hybrid car then read on to get an idea of what is available on the market.
Starting the list is the BMW Active Hybrid 5. This car was developed with the idea of the BMW 535i Sedan in mind. It comes with a 3.5 liter twin-turbo 6 cylinder engine. It also has an electric drive system which means more savings on fuel. It also has great automatic transmission and by the standards of a family car, this Hybrid is among the world’s most efficient cars when it comes to regulating fuel consumption and delivering high performance on the road. It just needs 6.4liters for every 100km. This car can also operate on electric-mode only and maintain a speed of 37mph.
The Electric DeLorean is not a classy family car; it’s a sexy family car. It is one of the models that you see guys kissing good night when going to sleep. Produced by the Texas based company, the DeLorean has an electric engine and is a speed monster. It can do 0-60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. It can clock a high speed of 125mph. Although the Electric DeLorean might seem very dangerous, it is very safe and can be used as a family car. The impressive numbers come at a price though. This baby costs nothing less than $ 100,000. Certainly not for the shallow pocketed.
If you are looking for a sportier family car, the Honda CR-Z might be the right choice for you. It is a small, smart and electric powered vehicle with a 4 cylinder engine and 122 hp. It offers enough space for a family while having enough power to accelerate quickly and smoothly on the motorway.
This list would be incomplete without the Mercedes Benz s400 hybrid. The car combines comfort and performance. It features a 275 hp V6 gasoline engine that ensures you will be the first to pull away at a traffic light. While it’s not the greenest car in the world, it is certainly so in its segment. With 186 CO2 g/km, it claims to be the most efficient and eco-friendly luxurious car on the market.
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About author: Joanna Stevenson studied mechanical engineering in London, and currently works for an energy research and consulting firm. She enjoys writing tech and automotive articles in her free time. She aspires to be an intrepid tech and gaming enthusiast with the exploratory spirit and witty prose of her favourite author of Robert Louis Stevenson.