By Sarah Laskow, September 19, 2013
Americans may be driving less, but there are still more than 230 million cars
cruising around the U.S. And sometimes those cars break down or get old
and their owners want to buy a new one. Getting a greener car saves
money on gas, and minimizes your contribution to global warming, but how
do you know which green car is best? A new site called RideNerd makes figuring out which car to buy much, much easier.
Basically, you can just plug in two cars that you might be deciding
between, and RideNerd will tell you which rates better on their scale —
which takes into account metrics like affordability, fuel economy, and
Just for example, here’s how the Prius c, the cheapest Prius on the site, compares to the Honda Civic.
And then if you want to scroll down,
there’s all sorts of clearly laid out information about details like
total annual costs, methane per mile, reviews from other websites, and
technical specs. The picture gets a little muddier as the details pile
up: The Civic gets slightly higher ratings from other reviewers, and is a
little bit bigger. But the Prius c is cheaper, both up front and over
time, and does consistently better on all the green criteria. You can
guess which one we’d choose.
We chose a relatively budget-friendly comparison to make. But you can
get fancy on this site, too. And if the “popular comparisons” column is
to be believed, there are plenty of RideNerds out there who are
dreaming of buying a Tesla and trying to figure out if they can’t just
justify buying a BMW or Audi instead.