All facial tissue is called Kleenex. Adhesive bandages, regardless of who makes them, are known as Band-Aids. And all photocopies are Xerox. You can choose other brands if you like, but these are the products that define the category. The same thing holds true for eco-friendly cars.
There are more than 30 different hybrid gas-electric cars on the market, but thereís simply no way to overlook the Toyota Prius. For plug-in cars, the Chevrolet Volt is currently the dominant force. When it comes to clean diesel, the Volkswagen Jetta vastly outsells all the others. And as the only new car on the market that runs on compressed natural gas, the Honda Civic CNG is impossible to ignore.
The most popular hybrid or plug-in car becomes the poster child not because of one single thing, but because it offers an entire package of desirable featuresósufficient space, attractive styling, decent performanceóand obviously stellar fuel efficiency and environmental benefits. Letís look at the fearsome foursome.