Even facing off against a growing wave of all-electric performers, the 2013 Toyota Prius c was named the “Greenest Vehicle” in the country according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and it wasn’t the only member of the family to do so. In fact, all current Prii were added to the top-12 Greenest Vehicles of 2013 list, as were three different Honda products, the same number of Fords, and singletons from Volkswagen, Smart and Scion.
“The vehicles at the top of this year’s rankings are proof that automakers are really ramping up their offerings,” said Shruti Vaidyanathan, lead vehicle analyst for the ACEEE. “There are more hybrid and electric options on the market this year than ever before, and the race for a spot on the Greenest list is increasingly competitive. Automakers have revamped their offerings to meet the growingdemand for efficient vehicles and the new fuel economy standards.”
The Greenest Vehicles list is based on a unique ACEEE measure that combines data about each vehicle’s fuel consumption and emissions levels, and this year reflects new, more sophisticated methodology that was developed to provide more accurate ratings.
Naturally, a quick rundown of this year’s winner can be found on the following pages.
ACEEE Greenest Vehicles of 2013: Toyota Keeps it all in the Family
As mentioned, the full family of Prii was named to the Greenest Vehicles list, and so was one entry from Toyota’s youth-oriented brand, Scion. In fact, the 2013 Scion iQ was one of just two products to earn the ACEEE’s top recognition without the benefit of hybrid or electric assistance, with the other being the Smart Fortwo.
Here’s the breakdown:
- The 2013 Toyota Prius c was the No. 1 vehicle on the list, with EPA marks of 53 mpg city/46 mpg highway, “super ultra-low emissions vehicle” (SULEV) status from the government, and an ACEEE Green Score of 58.
- In third place was the original 2013 Toyota Prius, thanks to a PZEV (partial zero emissions vehicle) designation, EPA grades of 51 mpg city/48 mpg highway, and a Green Score of 55.
- Right behind the Prius liftback and also enjoying PZEV status and a Green Score of 55 was the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, which adds an all-electric driving range of more than 10 miles to the Prius’ package.
- Coming in at ninth place was the iQ, backed by fuel-efficiency of 36 mpg city/37 mpg highway, a 53-point Green Score and a rating as an ultra low emissions vehicle (ULEV).
- Finally, in the 11th spot, with SULEV status, EPA ratings of 44 mpg city/40 mpg highway, and a Green Score of 52, was the 2013 Toyota Prius v.
ACEEE Greenest Vehicles of 2013: Honda’s Thrifty Threesome
For Honda, this year’s Greenest Vehicles results were a mixed bag. On the one hand, three of its products did score high enough to make the list; but on the other, and showing how far auto manufacturers have come in recent years, the CNG-powered version of the 2013 Honda Civic—which led the list for the past eight years—was left off the new ACEEE Greenest Vehicles roster entirely. Instead, Honda’s honorees were:
- The new 2013 Honda Fit EV claimed second place on the list, and its Green Score of 57 was the high-water point for pure electric vehicles in this year’s rankings. A zero emissions vehicle (ZEV), the Fit EV is capable of traveling 3.9 miles per kWh in the city and 3.1 miles per kWh on the highway, which translates into EPA marks of 132 MPGe/105 MPGe highway.
- The fifth-place finisher on the 2013 Greenest Vehicles List was the Honda Civic Hybrid. The recently redesigned compact hybrid gets 44 mpg in all of the EPA’s testing phases and is considered a PZEV.
- Another of the brand’s PZEV products, the 2013 Honda Insight hybrid, clinched the sixth spot in the rankings with an EPA line of 41 mpg city/44 mpg highway and an ACEEE Green Score of 54.
ACEEE Greenest Vehicles of 2013: Electrified Fords Get Noticed
The Blue Oval’s growing portfolio of electrified vehicles—including both EVs and hybrids—saw record-setting sales in the last quarter of 2012 and started the new year by placing three of them on the ACEEE’s roster of resource-friendly rides:
- The company’s first modern-day retail EV, the 2013 Ford Focus Electric, also was its highest finisher in the Greenest Vehicles ratings, entering the list at No. 10. The ZEV Focus Electric posted a Green Score of 52 to go with its efficiency performance of 3.3 miles per kWh city/2.9 miles per kWh highway (110 MPGe/99 MPGe).
- Tying for the 12th position were the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid, with Green Scores of 51 points each. And while the two are far different on the outside, with the former being a mid-size sedan and the latter being a versatile crossover, they also share the ability to score 47 mpg in all EPA testing regimens and certification as SULEV choices.
ACEEE Greenest Vehicles of 2013: Special German Edition
Rounding out the 12 Greenest Vehicle of 2013 were a pair of vehicles with German roots: The brand-new 2013 VW Jetta Hybrid and the 2013 Smart Fortwo (remember, Smart is owned by Mercedes-Benz).
The greenest Jetta ever mates a turbocharged I4 engine to its advanced hybrid-drive system to achieve 42 mpg city/48 mpg highway, a Green Score of 53, PZEV status, and the seventh spot on the ACEEE listing. The latest edition of one of the smallest vehicles in America, the Fortwo is considered a ULEV entry, boasts an EPA line of 34 mpg city/38 mpg highway and also was awarded a Green Score of 53.
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