The finalists are in for 2018 Green Car of the Year, a coveted award that will be handed out at AutoMobility LA, aka the Los Angeles Auto Show, on November 30th, 2017.
There are five 2018 nominees in the running for the honor given out by the Green Car Journal, two of them Hondas.
The winner is chosen by a panel of car experts, enthusiasts and environmentalists who consider all vehicles, fuels, and technologies. Along with efficiency, performance, and affordability, they also look for vehicles that raise the bar in environmental performance. In addition, Green Car of the Year finalists must be available for testing and offered for sale by January of the award year.
2018 Honda Accord
The all-new 2018 Accord makes the cut for its style, efficiency, and performance. The Green Car Journal panelists like the Accord’s three advanced new powerplants – two direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and the third generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid powertrain. Both turbocharged engines utilize high-efficiency low-inertia turbos, variable valve timing and high-accuracy direct injection to deliver immediate and powerful response. Panelists also like the Accord’s impressive fuel efficiency.
2018 Honda Clarity
Honda makes the list again with its 2018 Clarity. It’s the only nominee that offers electric, plug-in hybrid or fuel cell power. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid earns an EPA rated 47 miles of battery electric range and a total driving range of 340 miles. Panelists also give the thumbs up to its design and spacious interior.
2018 Hyundai Ioniq
The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq comes in three variations: electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid. The Ioniq Electric delivers an EPA rated 124 miles of battery electric driving range and 136 combined MPGe fuel efficiency. The Ioniq Hybrid achieves an industry-leading 59 highway mpg, while the Ioniq Plug-In drives 27 miles on battery power and features a total driving range of 654 miles.
2018 Nissan Leaf
Nissan’s all-new 2018 LEAF just received its first major overhaul in ten years. It’s been redesigned and features improved range. It now offers a 150-mile driving range up from 107. Green Car Journal panelists also point out the sportier styling and its “excellent” aerodynamics.
2018 Toyota Camry
Toyota’s eighth generation Camry sedan rounds out the list of the final five nominees. It’s been redesigned from bumper to bumper and you can check out our review here. Like the Accord, it comes with three new powertrains – in this case, a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, 3.5-liter V-6, and a Hybrid powered by the automaker’s next-generation Toyota Hybrid System. The Camry Hybrid approaches the combined fuel efficiency of Toyota’s Prius by delivering up to 53 highway mpg.
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