The award was given to the Accord for all of its iterations, including the Accord, Accord Hybrid and Accord Plug-In.
According to the editors of the Green Car Journal, which has presented the award since 2005, the Honda Accord has evolved to meet the needs of an increasingly changing market that seeks ever-higher fuel efficiency, lower CO2 emissions and improved environmental impact.
The 2014 Honda Accord brings notable efficiency with its conventional gasoline powerplants with Accord Hybrid and Accord Plug-In hybrid choices that achieve up to 50 highway mpg or, in the case of the Plug-In, 115 MPGe.
“Honda’s 2014 Accord clearly leads by example in the ‘green’ space and is a deserving winner of the 2014 Green Car of the Year honor,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com.”
“Mainstream buyers have long found the Accord a popular choice because of its efficiency, functionality, safety, and value. With the addition of exceptional hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions to the already-fuel efficient Accord line, Honda’s Accord becomes an even more compelling choice.”
In the Green Car of the Year® program, Green Car Journal editors identify five finalists after an extensive vetting process. The winner is selected by a majority vote of the Green Car of the Year jury.
Nominees are exemplary in that they forward environmental performance in meaningful and quantifiable ways while also presenting an accessible choice to enough consumers to make an environmental impact.
Last year, the Ford Fusion was Green Car of the Year winner. Previous winners also included: Honda Civic Natural Gas (2012), the Chevrolet Volt (2011), the Audi A3 TDI (2010), the Volkswagen Jetta TDI (2009) the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid (2008), the Toyota Camry Hybrid (2007) and Mercury Mariner Hybrid (2006).