Toyota’s New Family of Prius Models Dominates ACEEE Greenest List


The Toy­ota Prius and its new fam­i­ly of coun­ter­parts dom­i­nat­ed the Amer­i­can Coun­cil for an Ener­gy-Effi­cient Economy’s (ACEEE) 15th annu­al com­pre­hen­sive, “Green­est,” envi­ron­men­tal rat­ings. The Toy­ota Prius C, the com­pact, high­est mileage ver­sion of the Prius, took the top spot. The orig­i­nal Prius took num­ber three, the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid took num­ber four, and the larg­er Prius V took num­ber 11 on the list. Con­sumers and fleets now have a wider, more impres­sive list of fuel effi­cient vehi­cle offer­ings as the aggres­sive nation­al fuel econ­o­my stan­dards have kicked in for mod­el years 2012 to 2025. 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 on the list, with VW’s new Jet­ta hybrid and the Smart ForT­wo plac­ing #7 and #8.

This year, con­ven­tion­al vehi­cles were large­ly dri­ven off the “Green­est” list by hybrid-elec­tric, plug-in hybrid-elec­tric, and all-elec­tric vehi­cles. The Scion IQ and Smart ForT­wo are the only non-hybrid, non-plug-in vehi­cles to remain on the list. Even the 8-time first-place Hon­da Civic Nat­ur­al Gas vehi­cle was pushed out of the top twelve in 2013. The dirt­i­est vehi­cle for 2013 is the Ford F-350 FFV pick­up truck with a Green Score of 17, fol­lowed by the Ford F-250 (FFV), and Ford E-350 wag­on, both also scor­ing 17. The Amer­i­can Coun­cil for an Ener­gy-Effi­cient Economy’s 15th annu­al com­pre­hen­sive envi­ron­men­tal rat­ings can be found at



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