The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has announced this year’s "greenest" and "meanest" vehicles, along with the environmental scorings of all model year 2005 cars and passenger trucks.
Retaining the distinction as the greenest vehicle of the year is Honda’s natural gas-powered Civic GX. The hybrid-electric Honda Insight follows closely behind, with the Toyota Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid and Toyota Corolla rounding out the top five. The most notable newcomer to this year’s list is the Ford Escape Hybrid — marking the first time ever a gasoline-powered SUV has achieved a spot among the greenest vehicles of the year.
Widely acknowledged as the preeminent buyer’s guide to environmentally preferable passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs, ACEEE’s Green Book Online provides the facts necessary to compare the new 2005 models. Vehicles are analyzed on the basis of a "Green Score," a singular measure that incorporates unhealthy tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption, and the emissions of gases that cause global warming. Using its "Green Score" ranking system, ACEEE’s Green Book Online reveals the year’s "greenest" and "meanest" models: the 12 least polluting, most efficient vehicles; and the 12 worst.