EPA: Honda Is Most Fuel-Efficient Automaker & Lowest Emissions

Honda Civic Type R

The Environmental Protection Agency’s 2020 Automotive Trend report is out and it outlines fuel efficiency among automakers for 2019 model year vehicles. The report ranks Honda highest as the most fuel-efficiency full-line automaker in America. Meaning it has the highest fleet average fuel economy and lowest CO2 emissions for the 2019 model year, the latest year for which full data is available.

Overall, the EPA’s report found that the average estimated real-world CO2 emissions rate for all new vehicles increased slightly (less than 1%) from the record low achieved in 2018. While all vehicle types are at or near record high fuel economy, the EPA says an overall market shift from cars to SUVs and pickups is offsetting some of the fleetwide benefits.

In a press release, Honda says its recognition as the most fuel-efficient full-line automaker continues a more than 40 year history of fuel-efficiency leadership. It ranks second overall with a U.S. fleet average "real world" fuel economy of 28.9 miles per gallon (mpg), a five-year improvement of 1.9 mpg, and 4 mpg higher than the industry average for MY2019. Similarly, Honda's fleet average CO2 emissions was 307 grams/mile, an improvement of 22 grams/mile from 2014 results and 49 grams/mile lower (better) than the industry average for the 2019 model year.

Looking back in history, the EPA's very first ranking of America's most fuel-efficient vehicles in 1976 had the Honda Civic ranked number one. Honda says subsequent reports have consistently shown Honda among the leaders in EPA's annual fuel efficiency measurements.

Last year in 2020, Honda says it also set a new all-time record for sales of electrified vehicles in America, growing sales by 4.5% amid significant market challenges.

Electrification Lineup

In an effort to reduce CO2 emissions, globally, Honda intends for two-thirds of its automobile sales to be electrified by 2030 and says it is making substantial investments for the production of electrified vehicles in America, including the recently-refreshed Accord Hybrid, CR-V Hybrid, Insight and the Acura NSX hybrid supercar. Honda's electrified vehicle lineup today also includes the Clarity series.

Estimated Real-World Fuel Economy
Credit: EPA

Based on its vision of "Blue Skies for our Children," Honda says it is working to advance technologies that address society's environmental and energy concerns. In North America, the Honda Electrification Initiative will see Honda's electrified powertrain technologies applied to an expanding portfolio of cars and light trucks in the years ahead.

Honda says it is working to reduce the environmental impact of its products throughout their life cycle, including reducing waste, emissions and further improving the energy efficiency of producing, distributing and selling Honda and Acura products in North America. This includes a 93 percent reduction in waste sent to landfills from Honda plants in North America.

Through its "green purchasing" and "green dealer" initiatives, the company also is working to promote more environmentally responsible business practices with its more than 600 original equipment suppliers and 1,300 retail dealer partners.

For more info about the EPA’s 2020 report click here.

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