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.