Automotive Research

2019 AAA Green Car Guide: Find a fuel-efficient vehicle that works for you

The AAA Green Car Guide is a detailed guidebook to green vehicles including fuel-efficient, gasoline-powered vehicles, along with electric, hybrid, diesel, and alternative-fueled vehicles.

Produced by the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center (ARC), the AAA Green Car Guide defines what a green car is and also explains the differences among various types of green vehicles. The guide includes evaluations to help potential buyers determine which car best suits their lifestyle.


Pick up the AAA Green Car Guide

AAA members can get a free copy of the guide at any AAA branch.

Download the 2019 Green Car Guide

Vehicles in the guide are ranked from highest to lowest based on:

  • EPA emission rating
  • Braking
  • Crashworthiness
  • Visibility
  • Handling
  • Ride quality
  • Interior noise
  • Acceleration
  • Ease of entry and exit
  • Interior size
  • Turning circle
  • Cargo capacity

Each vehicle receives an overall score from 0-10 for each characteristic and is evaluated relative only to the other vehicles in the guide, not to all vehicles available on the market. Each vehicle’s review provides a summary of the car and lists its strengths, weaknesses, and available safety features.

See how the cars rank

On the AAA Green Car Guide website, you can see the ratings for specific vehicles that the ARC has evaluated. You can search by vehicle type (e.g. subcompact), powertrain (e.g. hybrid), and price range.

Research green cars

Planning to buy a car? 

Whether you’re looking for a new or used vehicle, AAA Car Buying Service has you covered. To bring our members a less stressful experience with a price they can feel confident in, we provide access to vehicle research tools and recommended dealers.

Start shopping

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