As gas prices rise at the pump it's no wonder many Americans have a headache when paying for their gas-guzzling vehicle. Instead of taking a pain reliever, why not look at car options where the grass is greener on the other side?
Although many consumers worry that cost and maintenance of these vehicles is too high, you don't necessarily have to go hybrid or electric to save money. They are plenty of green alternatives that will save you money without breaking the bank.
Other great reasons why consumers choose to drive green is for mileage, lower emissions and tax incentives. You have also probably noticed a unique looking vehicle while driving on the freeway only to learn that it is environmentally friendly.
Want to turn some heads and save with your next new vehicle? Here are five green cars you could be driving by 2012 ...
No. 5: Nissan Versa sedan
With a futuristic look and incredible fuel economy, the Nissan Versa is a sedan that will have you looking it from all different angles and vice versa.
The Versa was first introduced to the U.S. in July 2006. According to Nissan, the 2011 model gets 38 mpg highway and 30 mpg city with automatic or manual transmission.
With a 1.6L engine and 4-cylinders, it's the first vehicle in the U.S. to use Pure Technology, which reduces the CO2 emissions and improves the fuel economy. The Versa's steering power also takes its energy from the battery to increase fuel efficiency and engine performance. Its engine components also reduce friction. For safety, it has fast-responsive brakes.
Depending on the three sedan models to choose from, the Versa also features front wheel drive, Bluetooth, a navigation system and an adapter to plug in an iPod.