• 2017 Ioniq Electric Vehicle (EV) ACEEE

Top 10 Green Cars of 2019 Named By ACEEE

Electrified Cars Sweep Field in Overall Rankings

Every year the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) picks the “greenest” vehicles on the market. The group’s list, released last week, did not include a single vehicle from the Detroit Three automakers (General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) and also consisted solely of electrified vehicles. Topping the list was the Hyundai Ioniq Electric. It was joined by six other full electrics and three hybrids.

Used hybrids, plug-in hybrids, EVs

The Kia Soul EV’s on the ACEEE list

The ACEEE also took another look at energy efficiency that probably makes more sense in the real world, since the cumulative sales of the 10 Greenest Cars barely registers compared to the current best-sellers. In this list they listed the greenest cars in each of six categories. This list had more variety to it, encompassing a variety of powertrains. Only one of the Top 10 green cars was on the second list, a reflection of the narrow range of electrified vehicles available and also some of the inherent biases of the ACEEE scoring system.

ACEEE scored the cars based on the whole environmental impact of a vehicle, including air pollution associated with vehicle manufacturing, the production and distribution of fuel or electricity and vehicle tailpipe.   

Taken together, these two list frame the work we do here at Clean Fleet Report, giving readers more detail on what it’s like to live with the greenest cars in every category. Here are the lists with links to road tests we have done and news stories on the vehicles:

Top 10 Green Cars

  1. ACEEE, Honda Insight

    The Honda Insight was the only car to make both of ACEEE’s lists

    Hyundai Ioniq Electric

  2. Hyundai Ioniq Blue
  3. BMW i3
  4. Honda Clarity Electric
  5. Kia Soul Electric
  6. Nissan Leaf
  7. Honda Insight
  8. Hyundai Kona Electric
  9. Volkswagen e-Golf
  10. Toyota Camry Hybrid

Top Green Cars in Each Class

Subcompact car                 Chevrolet Spark

Compact car                       Toyota Prius c

Midsize car                          Honda Insight

Large car                              Honda Civic Five-Door

Small wagon                        Kia Niro

Medium wagon                   Volvo V90

Small SUV                           Toyota RAV4

Medium SUV                      Nissan Rogue Hybrid

Large SUV                           GMC Acadia

Ford F-150 EV

Ford offers the most environmentally friendly truck, according to ACEEE

Minivan                                Chrysler Pacifica

Pickup                                   Ford F-150

Two-seater                           Mazda MX-5

This should help you expand your shopping list. Incidentally, ACEEE also published its 10 Meanest list of vehicles at the other end of the environmental scale. We’re proud to say Clean Fleet Report has stayed away from all of them. You can see how much time we’ve spent in the top green cars.

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Road Test: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Road Test: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

Road Test: 2017 BMW i3

Flash Drive: 2017 Honda Clarity Electric

Road Test: 2016 Kia Soul EV

Road Test: 2018 Nissan Leaf

Road Test: 2019 Honda Insight

News: 2019 Hyundai Kona Crossover Goes Electric

Road Test: 2018 Volkswagen e-Golf

Road Test: 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Road Test: 2014 Toyota Prius c

Road Test: 2016 Honda Civic

Road Test: 2017 Kia Niro

Road Test: 2018 Toyota RAV4

Road Test: 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid

Road Test: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Road Test: 2018 Ford F-150

Road Test: 2018 Mazda MX-5

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About Author: Michael Coates

is editor and publisher at Clean Fleet Report and an internationally recognized expert in the field of automotive environmental issues. He has been an automotive editor and writer for more than three decades. His media experience includes Petersen Publishing (now part of The Enthusiast Network), Green Car Journal, trade magazines, newspaper and television news reporting. He currently serves on the Board of the Western Automotive Journalists.

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