2014 Green Car of the Year Finalists Announced

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer
2014 green car of the year finalists announced

The short list of finalists for the 2014 ‘Green Car of the Year’ award have been announced, an accolade that distinguishes vehicles that are efficient and make efforts to reduce environmental impact.

The Audi A6 TDI, BMW 328d, Honda Accord, Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla have all been selected as contenders for this year’s award. The award will be presented at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show on November 20. Among the judges, there will be comedian and celebrity car enthusiast Jay Leno, Ocean Futures Society president Jean-Michel Cousteau and Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club.

Along with achievements in improving environmental impact, the car chosen to win the award will also be judged on its availability to the mass car market. The judges want to ensure that not only the technology is raising the bar, but the car will actually make it into enough customer’s driveways to make a difference. Finalists also had to be on sale as of January 1, 2014.

Both the German entrants on the list, the Audi A6 TDI and BMW 328d, turn to diesel to improve efficiency, while the other three rely on small four-cylinder engines. The Honda Accord is the only car on the list to offer a proper hybrid version along with a plug-in hybrid variant, although the Mazda3 can be had with the brand’s i-ELOOP regenerative braking system.

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  • Dante Dante on Oct 17, 2013

    Green? More like slightly less brown than the average car. If you can't drive it off electrons converted from photons or wind or other zero emission energy source, it's not "green".

  • Danwat1234 Danwat1234 on Oct 17, 2013

    You can't have the new 2014 Honda Accord plug-in hybrid in the list yet because the MPG numbers have not been proven yet. It is rated for I think 47MPG combined, the same as what the C-max and Fusion Hybrids were rated but they only get about 39-41MPG real world average. The Accord plug-in hybrid has a very similar drivetrain with the same engine displacement (2 liters) so I expect the MPG numbers to be inflated as well. The diesel cars, they really aren't much more efficient than an equivalent gas car. It's just that diesel contains about 14% more energy than gas for a given volume of fuel. So, even if it is the same efficiency as a gas car, it'll get ~14% better MPG.

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    • Danwat1234 Danwat1234 on Oct 17, 2013

      I know but this worries me. We'll see when it starts to be driven