Green Car Journal has named the Honda Accord as the Green Car of the Year for 2013. According to Ron Cogan, editor of the Green Car Journal, the Accord got the award mainly because it offers high fuel economy ratings for gasoline, gasoline-battery hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. "This year's winner offers something for everyone," Cogan said.
There were five finalists: the Accord, the Audi A6 TDI, the BMW 328d, the Mazda3 and the Toyota Corolla. It was also the second straight year that the winning car was a top-selling sedan that offered US consumers with gasoline, gasoline-battery hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions.
The Green Car of the Year for 2012 was the Ford Fusion. Mike Accavitti, head of automotive operations for American Honda, remarked that the award is an obvious selling point for the Accord.
The Accord is the best-selling model among the five finalists. In the first 10 months of 2013, Honda posted an 11-percent jump in Accord sales to 307,000 units in the US. It is the second-best selling sedan in the US, just behind the Toyota Camry. Honda builds the Accord gasoline and hybrid versions at its Marysville site in Ohio, and the plug-in hybrid in Japan.
The Accord’s four-cylinder version is EPA rated (combined city and highway driving) at 30 miles per gallon, the hybrid version at 47 mpg; the plug-in hybrid at 46 mpg under gasoline power and 115 mpg-equivalent using hybrid-electric power. According to Accavitti, the Green Car of the Year award provides credence to Honda's plans for more hybrid vehicles. He remarked there will be more hybrid motors coming across Honda’s lineup.