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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago in the AAA Green Car Guide, which initially focused entirely on rating fuel-efficient, low-emitting vehicles.

For the 2021 edition, we've expanded the focus of the guide to include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and the development of autonomous vehicles.

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The green cars tested by the ARC are evaluated on the basis of 13 categories: emissions, fuel economy, crashworthiness, braking, acceleration, handling, cargo-carrying capacity, ride quality, interior noise, ease of entry and exit, maneuverability, roominess, and visibility. The scores for the categories are totaled, and the cars are ranked from high to low.
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2020 Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD
Car Guide Winner: 1st Place SUV/Minivan
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Electric
MPGe: 127/114
Price as Tested:  $53,190
92
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2020 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Electric
MPGe: 80/72
Price as Tested:  $84,276
87
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2020 BMW X3 XDrive30e
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 21/27
Price as Tested:  $65,020
86
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2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid LE
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 36/36
Price as Tested:  $38,155
83
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IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2020 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 25/29
Price as Tested:  $63,890
83
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2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE AWD
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 40/36
Price as Tested:  $49,776
83
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IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2020 Kia Telluride SX AWD
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Gasoline
mpg: 19/24
Price as Tested:  $46,860
82
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IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2021 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 S
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Gasoline
mpg: 15/19
Price as Tested:  $133,810
82
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IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum AWD
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Gasoline
mpg: 20/27
Price as Tested:  $51,112
80
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IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited AWD
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 35/34
Price as Tested:  $50,088
80
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IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2020 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury AWD
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Gasoline
mpg: 17/24
Price as Tested:  $71,585
80
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IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD Premier
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Gasoline
mpg: 16/20
Price as Tested:  $71,380
80
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2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited AWD
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 41/38
Price as Tested:  $42,317
80
 out of 130
IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2021 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD High Country
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Gasoline
mpg: 14/19
Price as Tested:  $84,045
79
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2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 40/35
Price as Tested:  $37,070
79
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IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2020 Hyundai Palisade Limited AWD
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Gasoline
mpg: 19/24
Price as Tested:  $47,605
79
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IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2020 Ford Explorer LTD Hybrid RWD
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 27/29
Price as Tested:  $55,880
79
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IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2021 Cadillac Escalade 4WD Sport Platinum
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Gasoline
mpg: 14/19
Price as Tested:  $112,095
79
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2020 Hyundai Kona Electric
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Electric
MPGe: 132/108
Price as Tested:  $46,430
79
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IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2020 Ford Expedition XLT 4X4
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Gasoline
mpg: 17/22
Price as Tested:  $64,220
78
 out of 130
IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2020 Mercedes Benz GLB 250
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Gasoline
mpg: 23/30
Price as Tested:  $49,050
78
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2021 Toyota Venza XLE Hybrid
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 40/37
Price as Tested:  $38,050
78
 out of 130
IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2020 Lincoln Aviator Black Label
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Gasoline
mpg: 17/24
Price as Tested:  $93,665
77
 out of 130
IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2020 Lexus RX 450h
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 31/28
Price as Tested:  $60,550
77
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IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2020 Subaru Outback Premium
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Gasoline
mpg: 26/33
Price as Tested:  $32,900
76
 out of 130
IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2020 Buick Encore GX Essence
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Gasoline
mpg: 30/32
Price as Tested:  $34,965
76
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2020 Land Rover Evoque First Edition
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Gasoline
mpg: 20/27
Price as Tested:  $59,215
75
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2020 Ford Escape SEL AWD
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Gasoline
mpg: 23/31
Price as Tested:  $34,040
74
 out of 130
IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2021 Lexus NX 300h F Sport
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 33/30
Price as Tested:  $47,835
73
 out of 130
IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer AWD RS
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Gasoline
mpg: 26/30
Price as Tested:  $32,350
72
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2020 Kia Niro PHEV EX Premium
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 48/44
Price as Tested:  $37,790
71
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2020 Kia Niro EX Premium Hybrid
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 51/46
Price as Tested:  $34,585
70
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2021 Kia Seltos S Turbo AWD
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Gasoline
mpg: 25/30
Price as Tested:  $26,740
70
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2020 Mazda CX-30 AWD
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Gasoline
mpg: 25/32
Price as Tested:  $31,690
70
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IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2020 Kia Soul X-Line
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Gasoline
mpg: 27/33
Price as Tested:  $22,615
69
 out of 130
IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2020 Lexus UX 250h F Sport
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 41/38
Price as Tested:  $45,590
68
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IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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2020 Hyundai Venue Denim Edition
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Gasoline
mpg: 30/34
Price as Tested:  $23,325
63
 out of 130
IIHS / NHTSA:  IIHS IIHS
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