The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) 15th annual comprehensive environmental ratings were named last week. Toyota and Honda did very well in this year’s ratings and outperformed other carmakers in the ratings. The “Greenest” list is dominated by new models this year, with the Toyota Prius C securing the top spot with a Green Score of 58. Having made its debut on the American vehicle market in 2012, the Prius C is Toyota’s compact addition to the Prius family. The original Prius (#3), the new plug-in Prius hybrid (#4), and the larger Prius V (#11) all made the “Greenest” list this year as well. Other top scorers are the Honda Fit electric vehicle (#2) and the Honda Civic Hybrid (#5). Three Ford vehicles made the list: the Focus EV and the Fusion and C-Max hybrids. European vehicles also placed, with VW’s new Jetta hybrid and the Smart ForTwo placing #7 and #8.
Five Honda vehicles made the list of ACEEE for superior environmental performance. As previously mentioned, the zero emissions, 100% electric Honda Fit EV placed second on the “greenest” list and was joined by two Honda hybrid models – the Insight and Civic Hybrid (as mentioned, the Civic Hybrid made #5 on the list) – on the ACEEE’s list of the 12 most environmentally responsible, “greenest” vehicles available to the public. The fuel-efficient subcompact Honda Fit and the Honda Odyssey minivan were also named as “greener choices of 2013” within their respective classes. This is the 15th straight year that multiple Honda vehicles have been named in the top 12. Details on this year’s ACEEE results can be found at greenercars.org.