SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Feb 17, 2016) — A report just released by the Automotive Science Group (ASG) highlights what it calls the stark differences in performance merits that differentiate conventional and alternatively powered cars and SUVs in 2016.
ASG's “2016 Automotive Performance Index” — a life-cycle study of the best cars and SUVs of 2016 — found that hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs), by and large, outperform their conventional combustion counterparts from a life-cycle environmental performance view, while conventional gasoline-powered vehicles outperform alternatively powered vehicles from an economic performance view.
“So wherein lies the balance between these competing priorities for new car buyers?” ASG asked.
According to its website, ASG “believes that the measure of a car's performance should be based on objective data — data that helps steer you toward a purchase that best meets your needs, while also reflecting the values you live by. Whether it's a commitment to buy American-made, a prerogative to reduce your environmental footprint, or purely an economic choice, ASG'S dynamic rating platform delivers the information you need to make informed car buying choices.
“ASG's data-driven rating platform — the Automotive Performance Index — is based on the scientific principles of ecological economics and calculated using statistical methods. By removing personal bias from our assessments, we identify the BEST automobiles based on the facts. No subjective test-drive reviews here, this is data-driven analysis. You define the size and class of automobile that meets your needs, and we'll define the BEST from the rest.”