Chevrolet Spark EV

The fastest version of Chevy's smallest vehicle is also, counterintuitively, the greenest. Due to the thrusty nature of electric motors – which create gobs of potent torque as soon as you touch the gas pedal – this all-electric Spark lights a fire, accelerating to 60 miles per hour almost four seconds faster than its petroleum-powered sibling. With an 82-mile range, an affordable base price, and an optional fast charger that can juice up the entire battery pack in just 20 minutes, it's as good an argument for an electric commuter car as any. [Base price: $26,685; $19,185 after $7,500 federal rebate; chevrolet.com]