BMW x5 xDrive40e

BMW x5 xDrive40e

Green Car Journal selected five finalists for the prestigious 2016 Green SUV of the Year. The winner will be announced at the Washington Auto Show on January 21.

Of interest to us is that the Tesla Model X, BMW x5 xDrive40e, Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid and Volvo XC90 T8 are not even considered among the Top 5 best green SUVs.

Instead we see:

  • BMW X1 xDrive28i
  • Honda HR-V
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Mazda CX-3
  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Hyundai Tucson in conventional version (not hydrogen fuel cell), so we see nothing even remotely green on this list.

Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com said:

"After years of focus on building more efficient and environmentally positive sedans and hatchbacks, a growing emphasis is now being placed on SUVs and crossover vehicles, one of the hottest segments in the auto market. The Green SUV of the Year™ award recognizes this achievement."

Why skip plug-ins?   It seems almost comical for them to be left out completely.  Or perhaps maybe it's just case of late year/limited availability?  It doesn't make sense to us.

With Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV joining the Tesla Model X, BMW x5 xDrive40e and Volvo XC90 T8 next year, this should be last such non-plug-in Green SUV of the Year contest. We hope...

The all-new Volvo XC90

The all-new Volvo XC90

The Finalists:

"BMW X1 XDRIVE28i

The all-new, second generation BMW X1 xDrive28i is a premium compact crossover featuring new powertrain and chassis technology that promises the driving experience expected of a BMW. Power is delivered by a 228 horsepower, 2.0-liter EfficientDynamics engine and 8-speed automatic transmission, providing the X1 xDrive28i an EPA estimated 32 highway mpg.

HONDA HR-V Honda's new HR-V crossover blends the functionality of an SUV with the sporty styling of a coupe. Built on the Fit platform but with a longer wheelbase and larger exterior dimensions, it's powered by a 141 horsepower, 1.8-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine offering up to 35 highway mpg. Like the Fit, it features Honda's fold-flat second row "Magic Seat' for interior versatility.

HYUNDAI TUCSON The stylish new Hyundai Tucson is longer, wider, and offers greater interior volume than the model that preceded it, yet it also achieves better fuel efficiency. It's powered by either a 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a new turbocharged 1.6-liter four, with the latter producing 175 horsepower and achieving up to 33 highway mpg in the Tucson Eco model.

MAZDA CX-3 Mazda's all-new CX-3 crossover features smart styling and benefits from this automaker's full range of efficiency-focused SKYACTIV technologies. It's available in both front- and all-wheel drive. The CX-3 is comfortable, capable, and responsive, getting its power from a 146 horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that achieves up to 35 highway mpg.

TOYOTA RAV4 HYBRID

The Toyota RAV4 expands its offerings this year with a new all-wheel drive hybrid model. It's powered by a 154 horsepower, 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine with electric motors front and rear. This combination provides more power than the standard RAV4 plus increased efficiency, with EPA estimates of 34/31 city/highway mpg and 33 mpg combined."