Top 12 Greenest Cars For 2007 – No American Cars

In piggybacking off of yesterday’s post comparing American and Japanese gas mileage for 2007 cars, today’s post will cover the top 12 greenest cars for 2007, according to CNET.com.

In what may or may not come as a somewhat mild surprise, of the top 12 greenest cars, none – zero, zip, zilch, nada – are produced by American manufacturers.  That means the world’s number one car manufacturer (General Motors) and the number three car manufacturer (Ford) do not have a single car represented in this list.

No wonder these guys are rapidly losing market share to foreign auto makers.

Aside from gas mileage, the two other major items that were taken into consideration when determining whether or not a car would make the “green list” were its overall carbon emissions as well as its curb weight.

Anyway, Honda and Toyota led the way, with each manufacturer having four cars in the top 12.  Hyundai came in third with two cars and Nissan and Kia tied for fourth with one car each.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the list of the top 12 greenest cars for 2007:

  1. Honda Civic GX (actually runs on natural gas)
  2. Toyota Prius
  3. Honda Civic Hybrid
  4. Nissan Altima Hybrid
  5. Toyota Yaris
  6. Toyota Corolla
  7. Toyota Camry Hybrid
  8. Honda Fit
  9. Kia Rio5
  10. Hyundai Accent
  11. Hyundai Elantra
  12. Honda Civic

I guess until the Ford F-150, the Chevy Silverado or the Dodge Ram magically become environmentally friendly, it doesn’t appear that we’re going to see an American car on this list any time soon.

Comments

  1. I live in the UK and have been recently looking for a new car i was interested in a Ford and accidently looked up the US and not the UK website. The models available are totally different, (i mean totally) in the `the UK Ford sell cars in the US it seems to be enormous trucks. Do Americans really like these !!!! they look like you would be lucky to get 15mpg out of them. Also , even thought the site makes great play of the vehicles “pulling power” their are no diesels
    Diesel engines have far more low rev torque and have better fuel economy so why no diesels?

    I saw your site compared Japanese cars with US cars for fuel efficency but didnt mention european cars, i then tried to find any mention of the most fuel efficent european cars in the US and discovered these cars are not sold in the USA. This is despite many of the fuel efficient european cars being made by US owned companies . It would be so easy for a manufacturer like ford to sell models it already produces for europe in the USA but they dont . Is this because Americans wouldnt buy them ? In the US the focus does 37mpg highway, in the UK the focus does 70mpg highway. in the US 2 models are available that do over 60 mpg in europe we have 113. I know you pay a quarter the price for gas that we do but just using gas for the sake of it thats just plain stupid

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