The Toyota Prius is the poster child of the green car movement. Its overall sales volume speaks for itself as the Prius has outsold every other hybrid model and the trends show that this dominance is likely to continue for some time. The Prius has won countless awards for its innovative technology and frugal use of fuel. Now Toyota can add one more award to its overloaded display case as What Green Car has awarded the 2010 Prius with top honors as the U.S. Market Green Car of the Year.
What Green Car evaluates numerous vehicles to determine their overall environmental impacts and scores each vehicle on a scale of 0-100. The lower a vehicle scores, the lesser the impact it has on the environment. The 2010 1.8 liter CVT 2010 Toyota Prius scored a remarkable 30 on the scale garnering the top spot.
Other notable vehicles near the top of the charts include the Ford Fusion hybrid scoring 40, the Honda Insight scoring 34, and the Lexus 250h hybrid scoring a 42. The top 10 vehicles are listed below.
- Toyota Prius = 30
- Honda Insight hybrid = 34
- Smart fortwo gasoline =39
- Ford Fusion Hybrid =40
- Honda Civic CNG =41
- Lexus 250h hybrid =42
- MINI Cooper gasoline =43
- Nissan Altima hybrid =44
- Ford Escape =45
- Mazda Tribute hybrid =45
2010 Toyota Prius is WhatGreenCar Car of the Year
WhatGreenCar has awarded its prestigious Car of the Year Award to the 2010 Toyota Prius.
The 2010 Prius was chosen from a short-list of 10 green car finalists and the judging was independently conducted by WhatGreenCar. To be eligible for the Award, models had to be commercially available in the U.S. and have a WhatGreenCar Environmental Rating of 45 or less.
The short-list of models for the 2010 Award included: two subcompacts, the Smart fortwo gasoline (WhatGreenCar Rating 39) and MINI Cooper gasoline (43); three small cars, the Honda Insight hybrid (34), Lexus 250h hybrid (42) and Honda Civic CNG (41); three mid-size models, the Toyota Prius hybrid (30), Ford Fusion Hybrid (40) and Nissan Altima hybrid (44); and two SUVs, the Ford Escape (45) and Mazda Tribute hybrid (45).
Dr Ben Lane, Managing Editor of WhatGreenCar said: "While we were impressed by the latest technology on all ten models on the short-list, we were unanimous in our acclaim for the 2010 Prius. In addition to the new model's outstanding environmental rating, we particularly like the way the car seamlessly integrates green features as part of its design. This encourages a smooth stress-free driving style, improves fuel economy and drives down emissions. If Apple made a car, it would probably be the 2010 Prius."
With a lighter and more and compact power-train, the third-generation Prius is greener than ever with a WhatGreenCar Rating of just 30, (the best across all vehicle classes in the short-list), a fuel economy of 51/48 mpg (City/Highway) and test CO2 emissions of only 127 g/km, which represents a 5% improvement over the highly successful multi-award-winning 2009 model.
This 2010 Prius hybrid has a combined engine/battery output of a 134 horsepower and looks more dynamic than the outgoing model, although after selling over 1 million units in the past decade the new Prius has a lot to live up to. The aerodynamic drag of the Prius is down to 0.25 making it one of the lowest figures for any production car, and it also boasts to be one of the most fuel-efficient cars offered by a major manufacturer in the U.S.
Counter-intuitively, the new Prius uses a new four-cylinder, 1.8-litre petrol engine in place of the 1.5-litre unit in the 2009 model to improve overall fuel economy, and offers additional driver control via three driving modes: EV, ECO and POWER - in EV mode, the car can be driven as a pure electric vehicle for as long as the battery charge allows. For the first time, the new model incorporates plant based bio-plastics for its interior components and a solar roof that keeps the temperature inside the car at comfortable levels.
With its award-winning green credentials, high quality build, superb handling and excellent value (base price of $22,805), the 2010 Prius is the worthy recipient in every respect of the 2010 WhatGreenCar Car of the Year Award.
To view the 2010 Prius' WhatGreenCar Rating, visit: http://www.whatgreencar.com/us/view-car/8182/TOYOTA-Prius
Honda Insight and Ford Fusion hybrids highly commended
In addition to awarding the Car of the Year title to the 2010 Prius, WhatGreenCar also highly commended the 2010 Honda Insight and Ford Fusion hybrids.
The all-new Insight is a completely new hybrid sedan from Honda for the 2010 range, and it shows no resemblance to its futuristic-shaped ground-breaking two-door coupe predecessor. Compared to the Prius, it is aimed at a slightly more budget-conscious customer who wants to make an environmental statement (WGC Rating 34) as well as cutting their fuel consumption - the Insight achieves a fuel economy of 40/43 mpg (City/Highway).
The Insight's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system works alongside the 1.3-litre VTEC four-cylinder engine, helping it during acceleration as well as recharging the battery system when the engine is either coasting or braking. Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and start/stop are standard features. This 2010 Insight has a base price of $20,510.
To view the 2010 Insights' WhatGreenCar Rating, visit: http://www.whatgreencar.com/us/view-car/7669/HONDA-Insight
The Fusion is Ford's application of its advanced-hybrid technology in an upscale, mid-size traditionally styled sedan. The Fusion hybrid can operate up to 47 mph in pure electric mode, which is approximately twice as fast as some of its rivals. Its upgraded nickel-metal hydride battery is 20 per cent more powerful than previous batteries used in Ford hybrids.
Equipped with a 2.5-litre, I4, 156-horsepower, hybrid engine the 2010 Fusion achieves 41/36 mpg (City/Highway) and has a WGC Rating of 40. On a single tank of gas, the city driving range is more than 700 miles. The Ford Fusion hybrid has a base price of $31,590.
To view the 2010 Fusion hybrid's WhatGreenCar Rating, visit: http://www.whatgreencar.com/us/view-car/7648/FORD-Fusion%20Hybrid