2014 Green Car Of The Year Finalists Announced – No Electric Vehicles To Be Found

4 years ago by Jay Cole 17

The Tesla Model S Which Has Picked Up A Win Of Just About Every Award (Green Or Not) Has Never Even Been Nominated For The Green Car Journal's "Green Car Of The Year"

The Tesla Model S Which Has Picked Up A Win Of Just About Every Award (Green Or Not) Has Never Even Been Nominated For The Green Car Journal’s “Green Car Of The Year”

The finalists for the 2014 Green Car of the Year award, sponsored by the Green Car Journal, was announced Thursday.  The eventual winner be announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

2013 Green Car Of The Year Winner Ford Fusion, Hybrid And Plug-In Energi

2013 Green Car Of The Year Winner Ford Fusion, Hybrid And Plug-In Energi

Although if we were the Green Car Journal, we’d would be too embarrassed to show up.  Quite frankly this could have been the finalists for the 1994 Green Car of the Yearhad the award been given out before 2006 that is.

The five finalists include 2 diesels:

  • BMW 328d
  • Audi A6 TDI

And 3 regular internal combustion vehicles:

  • Mazda3
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Honda Accord

Not an electric vehicle in the bunch, and only one of five even has a plug-in hybrid option, the Honda Accord PHV – which represents quite possibly the worst value of the EV segment at a $18,100 premium for 13 miles of electric range.  C’mon

We suppose considering the 2008 “Green Car of the Year” was won by the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid (not kidding), any winner from this year’s list would still be a large step up from there.

Last year the 2013 award was won by the Ford Fusion (along with the Fusion Energi), ahead of its sister car the Ford C-Max hybrid and Energi, as well as the Dodge Dart Aero, Toyota Prius c and the Mazda CX-5.

Average age of the models listed? 31 years old; with the Mazda 3 only entering its 10th year of existence and the Toyota Corolla entering its 48th.

Below you will find a listing of the 2014 finalists for the “Green Car of the Year”, along with the Green Car Journal’s “ditty” about their selection – complete with selective featuring of only highway MPGs in most cases – apparently only one of these vehicles is capable of city driving.  What is this a corporate sponsored award? 

Try to not to snicker as you peruse them:

Audi A6 TDI

Strangely Enough Out Of 6,361 Image Files In Our Library, We Had To Go Out And Source A Picture Of The Audi A6 TDI

Strangely Enough Out Of 6,361 Image Files In Our Library, We Had To Go Out And Source A Picture Of The Audi A6 TDI…and oh by the way, it gets 24 MPG in the city

Audi’s 2014 A6 TDI blends excellent “green” credentials with unexpected levels of performance in a high efficiency vehicle. Its 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder TDI clean diesel engine with tiptronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive provides 240 horsepower and 428 lb-ft torque, achieving 0-60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. A start-stop system aids efficiency, as does a lightweight body that makes extensive use of aluminum body panels. This sedan features an EPA estimated 38 highway mpg that enables over 700 miles of highway driving range.

BMW 328d

Coming in at 35 MPG City, the BMW 328d

Coming in at 35 MPG City, the BMW 328d

Featuring the first 4-cylinder BMW diesel engine in the U.S., the new 328d combines exceptionally high fuel efficiency with the performance expected of BMW models. EPA estimated 45 mpg highway fuel economy is achieved with this sedan’s 2.0-liter TwinPower clean diesel powerplant, which produces 180 horsepower and 280 lb-ft torque. Efficiency is enhanced with engine auto start-stop and brake energy regeneration. A 328d Sports Wagon is also available. The models are offered in rear wheel drive or with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system.

Honda Accord

As Part Of The "Accord Family" You Could Consider The 349 Accord PHVs Sold So Far (With 13 Miles Of Electric Range For Just $18,100 More Than The Base Model) Part Of The Competition We Suppose

As Part Of The “Accord Family” You Could Consider The 349 Accord PHVs Sold So Far (With 13 Miles Of Electric Range For Just $18,100 More Than The Base Model) Part Of The Competition We Suppose

Honda’s popular Accord sedan aims to lead in the efficiency space with an array of efficient powerplant choices including four-cylinder, V-6, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid versions. Even the V-6, the largest engine option, nets 34 highway mpg with the four-cylinder rated at up to 36 highway mpg. The bar raises considerably with the Accord Hybrid at 50 city and 47 highway mpg, and the Accord Plug-In with its 47 city and 46 highway mpg on hybrid power. The Plug-In also offers an EPA rating of 115 MPGe, the highest of any mid-size hybrid sedan in the country.

Mazda3

Mazda 3 - Efficiency Through Smallness

Mazda 3 – Efficiency Through Smallness

The all-new third generation Mazda3, this automaker’s best-selling model worldwide, is lighter, more efficient, and packed with advanced electronics. The 2014 Mazda3 features an appealing new design and has been built from the ground-up with Mazda’s award-winning SKYACTIV technology. The 2.0-liter powered Mazda3 four-door sedan offers best-in-class 41 mpg highway fuel economy, with the five-door hatch coming in at up to 40 mpg. A more powerful 2.5-liter engine with an i-ELOOP capacitor-based regenerative engine braking system gets 38 mpg.

Toyota Corolla

Do You Really Need A Picture Of The Toyota Corolla?  At Least 3 Members Of Your Family Own One Already

Do You Really Need A Picture Of The Toyota Corolla? At Least 3 Members Of Your Family Own One Already

The Toyota Corolla has long been a best-seller due to its blend of efficiency and affordability. With the all-new 2014 Corolla, Toyota adds visual excitement, improved driving dynamics, and even greater efficiency to its popular compact sedan, achieving up to 42 highway mpg delivered by the model’s Eco version. This level of efficiency is achieved with a 1.8-liter, 140 horsepower engine featuring the first use of Toyota’s Valvematic technology in this country. A driver selectable ECO function moderates acceleration and optimizes on-board systems to enhance mpg.

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17 responses to "2014 Green Car Of The Year Finalists Announced – No Electric Vehicles To Be Found"

  1. Brad B says:

    No No No Jay you misunderstood. It’s not “ecologically” green that “Green Car Journal” is bringing us. Green Car Journal refers to how much money the competing car companies are willing to pay to get nominated. The more green the car companies pay in, the more likeky their car will be chosen as “Green Car Of The year” . Now when you look at it from this perspective it makes perfect cents.

    1. GSP says:

      Exactly.

    2. Andrei says:

      True!

    3. David Stone says:

      at first glance I thought you misspelt the last word.

      But I suspect it was on purpose 😉

      1. Brad B says:

        You becha ;^)

  2. Rick says:

    Green Car Journal is part of Fox news, the judges are Tea Party members.

  3. Spec9 says:

    Someone pointed out that the LA Car show is sponsored by the LA car dealership association. A certain EV maker doesn’t have the best relationship with car dealers.

  4. Dan Frederiksen says:

    They are puzzling. I guess they turn tricks for pay. It’s hard to believe they could otherwise be that stupid but it does happen.

  5. Gadge says:

    Guys…this is the non-electric Green Car of the Year

  6. Schmeltz says:

    I guess these are where the darts landed when they were picking candidates…or they were completely drunk at the time and have no recollection of what happened. Probably the second one.

  7. John C. Briggs says:

    The caption under the Corolla is hilarious.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      It’s easy to spot the pieces we write in the evening after a full day of reporting, (=

    2. Eric Loveday says:

      Still waiting for my electric Corolla. Can you hear me Toyota?

      1. Schmeltz says:

        Don’t hold your breath waiting for that one Eric! 🙁

  8. Rick says:

    Jay, did you ask them why there are no EVs? The answer would be very interesting, I’m sure.

  9. Nate says:

    The redesigned Mazda3 is a nice looking car. I owned a 1st gen hatchback and it was a lot of fun to drive. The mileage has improved a lot sense then. This latest iteration looks much nicer than the 2nd generation one. I’m generally a lot less interested in ICE cars now, but if I had to go with something that did not plug in, I think I’d take the updated Mazda3.

  10. philba says:

    Wow, they are deeply fooling themselves if they think no one will notice a distinct lack of greeness.