Greenest Cars Aren't Only Electric

Honda Civic GX earnest most points in ACEEE's 14th environmental ratings, followed by the Nissan LEAF and a trio of hybrids.

Published: 16-Feb-2011

Plug-in electric vehicles may be the hip newcomers on U.S. streets this year, but they aren't the only eco-friendly stars, a scorecard of greenest cars reveals Tuesday.

The natural gas Honda Civic GX wins top honors for the eighth year, earning 54 points, followed this time by the all-electric Nissan Leaf and the gasoline-powered, two-seater, the Smart Fortwo, according to the 14th annual environmental ratings by the private American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE.)

Hybrids (Toyota Prius, Honda Civic and Honda Insight) take the next three spots, followed closely by Ford's new Fiesta SFE (Super Fuel Economy) and the new Chevrolet Cruze Eco. Also making the top dozen are three other gas-powered cars (Hyundai Elantra, Mini Cooper, Toyota Yaris) as well as the Chevy Volt, a new electric vehicle with a back-up gas engine.

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