Top 10 High-Tech Green Cars
2013 Mercedes E400 Hybrid ($55,800)
Mercedes’ first-ever E Class hybrid may be green, but that doesn’t make it any less powerful than its gasoline-chugging stablemates. Packing a 3.5-liter V-6 engine married to a lithium-ion battery pack that pushes out 27 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, the E400 Hybrid creates a combined 302 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. The E400 also gets a huge tech package courtesy of Mercedes’ optional mBrace system. Users can access such in-car apps as Google Local Search with Facebook, Street View and Yelp, as well as real-time news and stock updates. A 7-inch display and Mercedes’ Comand with central control system allows users to stream music and make hands-free calls from their smartphones. An optional rear seat entertainment system, complete with two LCD monitors built into the back of the front headrests, lets passengers watch movies and play video games. Shoppers can also choose to equip the E400 Hybrid with dual iPad docking stations built into the headrests.