2013 Green Car of the Year To Be Revealed In LA

In a little more than a month’s time Green Car Journal will announce the 2013 Green Car of the Year during the 2012 LA Auto Show.

On November 29 the winner is to be selected from a pool of five finalists that include hybrid powertrain vehicles, as well as cars with fuel-miser internal combustion engines.

The contenders are the Dodge Dart Aero, Ford C-MAX, Ford Fusion, Mazda CX-5 SkyACTIV and the Toyota Prius c.

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2013 Dodge Dart Aero.

A jury comprised of environmental leaders, including Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune, Ocean Futures Society president Jean-Michel Cousteau, and Global Green USA president Matt Petersen, will select the winner. Joining the panel will be Tonight Show host and auto enthusiast Jay Leno, as well as Green Car Journal staff.

In a press release, Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and president of the Green Car Institute, remarked on the growth of the “green” segment of the auto industry, saying that today, “the sheer number of environmentally positive production vehicles available to consumers is just eye-opening.”

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2013 Mazda CX-5

This year’s five nominees (as well as those from last year) support Cogan’s comment on the burgeoning market of fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly autos, as all of the models are mass-market products that have MSRPs within reach of most consumers shopping the new-car market. “What’s tougher these days is narrowing down the universe of great candidates to a
field of five nominees, as we have today,” said Cogan.

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2013 Ford Fusion EcoBoost

The base model Prius c is the lowest of the bunch, listing for $18,950, and claims an estimated mpg of 53 city/46 hwy. Dodge’s Dart Aero starts at $19, 295 and boasts 41 mpg hwy/28 mpg city, while the Mazda CX-5 begins at $20,995 with fuel economy estimated at 26 mpg city/35 mpg hwy. Ford’s C-MAX Hybrid offers fuel economy figures of 47 mpg for both city and highway, and a base price of $25,200.

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Toyota Prius c.

Although the announcement of the vehicles in the contest for Green Car of The Year didn’t specify which variants of the models might take the prize, we suspect that if Ford’s Fusion is selected as winner, the judges would likely peg the Fusion SE Hybrid for its 47 mpg city/hwy economy. The SE Hybrid tops the price chart at $27,200, a healthy $5,500 more than the S model Fusion. Yet the S doesn’t provide the same fuel economy as the hybrid, posting 22 mpg city/34 mpg hwy, making the S model the least fuel efficient of the five cars.

The Honda Civic Natural Gas was named 2012 Green Car of The Year, beating out the Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i, Toyota Prius v, and VS Passat TDI.


  • CharlesF

    Maybe this year they will pick a car you can buy.

    The C-Max, Fusion and Prius C all offer best in class MPGs. The Prius C brings great fuel economy to the masses. The C-Max and Fusion bring 47 MPGs to cars that are almost fun to drive and are affordable, something that has not been done before. The Fusion and C-Max will also be bringing plug in technology to an average priced car (after tax credit).

    The Mazda does offer great non-hybrid MPGs for its size (city of 26 beats most competitors by 3 MPG), but overall I do not see it as Green Car of the Year.

    The Dodge Dart should not even be in the race. The EPA lists it at 32 MPG overall, but the best MPG Civic, Focus and Cruze all get 33 MPG overall. If a car is not best in class, it should not be in the running.

  • Leftwinghack

    What’s up , you guys always forgetting hyundai sonata on ur lists , did hyundai not stroke your guys guys enough, or what ..

  • Volume Van

    CharlesF is correct, Dodge Dart should not be in the list.

    C-Max is more than a car as it uses height factor to maximize the interior volume and it should come closer to CX-5 or similar CUV. Yet it offers 47 MPG with its Hybrid.

    There should be similar category for Plugin as well in which C-Max Plugin should be placed.

  • Capt. Concernicus

    The Dart and the non-hybrid version of the Ford Fusion? Are the judges even trying anymore? Seriously either of these cars winning the “Green Car of the Year” award would strip away any and all credibility from the Green Journal. They might as well say they like being a joke.

  • Old Bob

    In my opinion, c-max is the clear winner. I just traded my 2010 Prius4 for a C-max SEL. What a difference!!! Better acceleration and passing power; quality leather and appointments; much better ride and comfort; first tank of gas averaged approximately 50 MPG;rechecking that, and Made in the USA!! Only had it for 4 weeks so all could change, but for now, a really great car.

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