The Auto Club Green Car Guide names the top five scoring vehicles; and the top five best-value scoring vehicles according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.
The club rated 62 vehicles in 13 categories (including emissions, fuel efficiency, acceleration, handling, interior noise, ride quality, cargo capacity, etc) on a scale of 0-10 points. Points were totaled to determine the five top scoring vehicles in the Auto Club Green Car Guide. The top five scoring autos are:
1. Toyota Highlander Limited Hybrid 4WD
2. Volkswagen Touraeg Supercharged Hybrid
3. Lexus LS 600h L Sedan
4. Lexus CT 200h Hybrid
5. Lexus RX450h
After the top five vehicles were chosen the total score for each of the 62 candidates was divided by its as-tested price to determine its cost per point scored. The top five best-value scoring vehicles in the Auto Club Green Car Guide are:
1. Scion xD
2. Mazda 2 Touring
3. Honda Fit Sport
4. Chevrolet Cruze Eco
5. Smart Passion Coupe
The 91-page Auto Club Green Guide ranks all 62 tested vehicles’ overall points and their best-value scores, as well as real-world evaluations. It also includes AAA resources for fuel-economy and aftermarket parts for “green” autos.
“The Auto Club Green Car Guide includes a wealth of information about what it means to be ‘green’, discusses current and future technologies and provides tips for motorists to be ‘greener’ with their existing vehicle,” said Steve Mazor, the Southern California Auto Club’s Automotive Research Center Manager and Chief Engineer, in a statement. “This is especially important in light of this year’s high gas prices that exceeded $4 per gallon.”
Test vehicles were chosen based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), fuel economy ratings and emission certification meeting CARB partial zero emissions vehicle (PZEV) standards. Tests were conducted by club members at the ARC in Diamond Bar, at the Auto Club Speedway and public roads. Test parameters were set by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), EPA, and the Auto Club of Southern California.