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Top 12 “greenest” cars of the year has been announced today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) at greencars.org, Mitsubishi’s electric model i-MIEV taking the honor of being No. 1.
Honda Civic Natural Gas, who was placed first for the past eight years, is ranked second this year, according to the list.
Click “start” to browse through the top 12 list of this year’s most fuel-efficient cars.
1. Mitsubishi i-MiEV (Subcompact)
Electric (Li-ion); ZEV; MPG: 3.8mpk city / 2.9mpk hwy
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV took the honor of taking the No. 1 spot on the list. It is also the first time in 12 years for an electric car to be the "greenest" car.
2. Honda Civic Natural Gas (Compact)
1.8L 4; Auto (CNG); PZEV / Bin 2; MPG: 27 city / 38 hwy
The Honda Civic Natural Gas took second this year, giving up the first-place throne for the first time in eight years.
Although beaten by Mitsubishi i-MiEV this year, the newly designed model goes much farther on a tank than the previous model. It has been reported that the car can travel as far as 240 miles.
3. Nissan Leaf
4. Toyota Prius (Midsize)
1.8L 4; Auto CVT; PZEV / Bin 3; MPG: 51 city / 48 hwy
The Toyota Prius came in fourth this year.
Hybrid Car: 2012 Honda Insight
MSRP: Starting at $18,350
Among hybrid cars, Honda took the award home with its 2012 Insight. The newly designed model with better aerodynamics gives an even better EPA rating than its previous model. In addition, its low purchase price and low depreciation brought Insight to the top in the hybrid category this year.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) also included 2012 Insight as No. 5 on their top 12 “Greenest List” of this year.
The MSRP information is from the company’s website, and it may be different than the data KBB used for calculation.
6. Smart ForTwo (Two-Seater)
1.0L 3; Manual; ULEV II / Bin 5; MPG: 34 city / 38 hwy
The Smart For Two is one of the smallest and lightest cars on the market today. It has a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine, producing 70 horsepower. It is enough to operate the car while saving on the gas.
7. Scion iQ (Two-Seater)
1.3L 4; Auto CVT; ULEV II / Bin 5; MPG: 36 city / 37 hwy
The Scion iQ is another two-seater that uses a gasoline-only engine. It is slightly bigger than the Smart For Two, ranking just behind its competitor.
8. Honda Civic Hybrid (Compact)
1.5L 4, Auto CVT, PZEV / Bin 2; MPG: 44 city / 44 hwy
The newly designed Honda Civic Hybrid gives better performance than the previous model. It is ranked No. 8 this year.
9. Lexus CT 200H (Compact)
1.8L 4; Auto CVT; SULEV II / Bin 3; MPG: 43 city / 40 hwy
The Lexus CT 200h is the company's first hybrid-only model. It is also the only luxury brand hybrid model to be included in this year's list.
10. Toyota Camry Hybrid (Midsize)
2.5L 4; Auto CVT; PZEV / Bin 3; MPG: 43 city / 39 hwy
Toyota redesigned the Camry Hybrid, giving better spec in both performance and fuel economy. This year, the car is ranked No. 10.
11. Honda CR-Z (Two-Seater)
1.5L 4, Auto CVT, PZEV; MPG: 35 city / 39 hwy
The Honda CR-Z is designed to be fun to drive and fuel-efficient at the same time. This year, the car is ranked No. 11.
12. Toyota Yaris (Compact)
1.5L 4, Manual, ULEV II / Bin 5; MPG: 30 city / 38 hwy
The newly designed Toyota Yaris has many improvements from last year's model, including better fuel-economy.