Who's the Greenest of Them All?

From Grist.org, February 7, 2007

American autos are drowning their sorrows in foreign oil after not making the 2007 Green Book list of the top 12 eco-friendly vehicles, released yesterday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Honda’s natural-gas-powered Civic GX (available only in California and New York) regained its top spot for the third time in four years; the Toyota Prius was the first runner-up, followed by Honda Civic and Nissan Altima hybrids and the subcompact Toyota Yaris. The ACEEE, which based its calculations on fuel economy and emissions, also put out a bottom 12 list, chock full of diesel-powered European models that will soon face stricter diesel standards. Also heartening: four new models made the clean dozen, and a bunch more just missed the cut. “It used to be the case that the greenest vehicles were a select number of models that stood far above the pack,” says Green Book author James Kliesch. “Today, the eco-friendly field has become much more crowded, and that’s good news for consumers.”