Honda Civic and Toyota Prius among finalists for Green Car of the Year

By RELAXNEWS | 19 October 2015

LOS ANGELES: The five finalists for the 11th annual Green Car Journal award have been revealed ahead of the official ceremony at this year's LA Auto Show.

The five cars vying for the prize are the Audi A3 E-Tron, the Chevrolet Volt, the Honda Civic, the Hyundai Sonata and the Toyota Prius. Each of the cars, selected by a judging panel made up of both motoring enthusiasts such as Jay Leno and environmental organisations including International Council on Clean Transportation, have been chosen based on a number of criteria beyond simple environmental friendliness.

The Sonata plug-in hybrid.
The Sonata plug-in hybrid.

The five finalists are also affordable, readily available, interesting, offer excellent emissions and offer the potential to have a true impact on the environmental status quo.

"This is the strongest field of finalists we've seen in our annual Green Car of the Year program," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and

"Each of the five nominees makes a strong environmental statement in distinctly different ways, with a common strategy of recognizing what's most important to today's drivers. Their use of wide-ranging powertrain technologies underscores that all approaches are essential to achieving important environmental goals."

The winner will be revealed on Nov 19 as part of the LA Auto Show.