Greenest Cars of the Year Announced


Green Car Reports - January 16, 2013

The Amer­i­can Coun­cil for Energy-Efficient Econ­omy (ACEEE) has announced its ‘Green­est’ and ‘Mean­est’ vehi­cles of the year.

Find out which cars are “green” and which are “greener”.

Each year vehi­cles are given envi­ron­men­tal scores based on fuel effi­ciency and emis­sions stan­dards, as well as new mea­sure­ments for esti­mat­ing the envi­ron­men­tal impact beyond use, such as man­u­fac­tur­ing and energy production.

Top­ping 2013’s list is the Toy­ota Prius C, head­ing a top twelve ‘Green­est’ cars list that includes only two reg­u­lar gaso­line vehi­cles, and three plug-in vehicles.

The Prius C edges the Honda Fit EV into sec­ond place, fol­lowed by the Toy­ota Prius. This is fol­lowed by the plug-in Prius and Civic Hybrid.

Only two reg­u­lar gaso­line cars made the list, the Smart Fortwo, and the Scion iQ. Each gets a ‘Green Score’ of 53 com­pared to the Prius C’s win­ning 58, scor­ing highly for their small size (mean­ing less mate­ri­als in their man­u­fac­ture) and ULEV II emis­sions ratings.

ACEEE also releases a list of ‘Greener Choices’, reg­u­lar gaso­line vehi­cles that score well in their respec­tive classes. This year, the Honda Fit, Chevy Spark, Buick Encore and Ford Tran­sit Con­nect Wagon all scored highly, among others.