Measuring the energy efficiency and environmental friendliness of different vehicles is easy if they're powered by gasoline, less so when the energy comes from grid electricity. This leads to perpetual debates over the assumptions used on the source of electricity and its carbon footprint, among others. But for 19 years, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has issued annual rankings of the environmental friendliness of vehicles for sale in the U.S. DON'T MISS: ACEEE Reports On 2015's 'Greenest' + 'Meanest' Vehicle Environmental Impacts Today, the ACEEE released this year's...
2013 Nissan Altima: The Most Fuel-Efficient Mid-Size Car You Can Buy
Featuring some pretty nifty fuel-saving technology, like its redesigned continuously variable transmission and Easy Fill Tire Alert System, the 2013 Nissan Altima has always promised to be a green car. But now it’s official: according to the EPA, the 2013 Nissan Altima is the most...Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
Toyota Tops List Of Green Brands, VW & Honda Close Behind
Toyota has had a bumpy ride the past couple of years, thanks in no small part to a high-profile series of safety recalls. To make matters worse, its popular Prius was recently lost its #1 spot on the EPA's list of fuel-efficient cars. But not to worry: the automaker just landed atop a different...Richard Read
Will Hyundai Hammer Honda In Fight For Greenest Carmaker Title?
For many years, Honda was routinely awarded the title of greenest carmaker in the U.S. market. But its most recent green cars have stumbled, and a dark-horse competitor is rising fast toward taking the coveted title, conferred every few years by the Union of Concerned Scientists. It's not Nissan...John Voelcker
Buying a Green Car: It's All About Being Seen Being Green
On the surface, buying a "green car" often doesn't make sense. Or rather, it doesn't make dollars and cents: The extra cost of the necessary technology--whether it's a hybrid, a clean diesel, or a plug-in electric car--is often never recouped in fuel savings. So why do people do it? Turns out it's...John Voelcker
More Than 30 MPG Highway: The New Benchmark For Green Cars?
So what exactly IS a "green car"? At both the Los Angeles Auto Show and Detroit Auto Show, you could find the word "green" all over the place. LA has been pitching itself for years as the greenest auto show, with fewer muscle cars and more hybrids, clean diesels, and so forth than any other U.S...John Voelcker
While Subarus often appeal to the environmentally aware, the 2009 Forester adds an appealing eco-option: a Green Roof that cools the car