What’s a bit surprising is that Honda Fit goes toe to toe with the clean diesel powered Audi A3 TDi, EV, BMW i3, Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel and Diesel engine powered TDi V.W. Golf.
How does Green Car Journal select competition finalist?
According to Green Car Journal: After measured consideration of dozens of makes and models, finalist are selected for their achievements in raising the bar in environmental performance and availability to mass markets to ensure honored models have the potential to make a real difference in environmental impact. Finalist must be available January 1 of the award year.
That’s why you won’t find limited production, high dollar EVs on the short-list.
While 2015 Honda Fit’s estimated combined EPA MPG of 41 does not beat Audi A3 TDI, Fit’s entry level price point and transformable interior utility and styling points to a higher market saturation; thus less environmental impact when measured over thousands of units.
We drove Fit on the streets of Los Angeles and discovered a sub compact 5 door hatch that lived large. Economical, comfortable and fun to drive, Fit surprises at every turn; even environmentally. Honda “ EarthDreams” engine technology produces adequate on demand mid range torque while reducing hydrocarbon emissions to near-zero lows.
Fit’s CVT (constantly variable transmission) combined with direct injection and i-VTEC variable timing translates to ‘near’ hybrid gasoline electric fuel economy from a conventional gasoline fueled internal combustion engine. When we look to built in standard value for the dollar spent, Fit is tough to beat.
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The "Green Car of the Year" award will be selected by a majority vote from an esteemed panel of judges comprised of celebrity auto enthusiast Jay Leno, Jean- MIchel Cousteau, Matt Peterson, Dr. Allen Loyd and others.