The Greenest Vehicles of 2002

This year, the automatic transmission, super-ultra-low-emissions version of Honda’s hybrid-electric Insight is the greenest car of the year. The natural gas-powered Honda Civic GX places second, while Toyota’s battery-powered RAV4 EV scores nearly as well. The Toyota Prius hybrid stands out as the greenest gasoline-powered passenger sedan.

Perhaps the best green consumer news is that most of this year’s Greenest Vehicles list is comprised of gasoline-powered vehicles. Not long ago, the list was more populated by electric and other alternative vehicles.

This diverse mix of new vehicle technologies highlights the numerous avenues automakers have taken in developing greener cars and trucks. Whether they are compressed natural gas powered, hybrid gasoline-electric, plug-in battery-powered electric, or simply a particularly clean and efficient conventional gasoline design, it’s clear that engineering with the environment in mind can be done with a host of different technologies.

This year, 10 of the 12 greenest vehicles can fill up at any gasoline station nationwide.

The Greenest Vehicles of 2002


Honda Insight
Honda Civic GX
Toyota RAV4 EV
Toyota Prius
Honda Civic HX
Toyota Echo
Nissan Sentra CA
Honda Civic
Mitsubishi Mirage
Toyota Corolla
Chevrolet Prizm
Saturn SL

ACEEE's Green Book, by John DeCicco and James Kliesch of American Council for An Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) (Chelsea Green, distributor, 2002. Copyright (c) 2002 by The American Council for An Energy-Efficient Economy. Reprinted by permission of Chelsea Green.
Adapted from ACEEE's Green Book, by John DeCicco and James Kliesch of American Council for An Energy-Efficient Economy (Chelsea Green, distributor, 2002)

12 comments

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

interesting

Laurita Walters
Laurita Walters5 years ago

In the 90's I drove Geo Metros and got 45 to 55 miles per gallon reliably. When the gas mileage started dropping off, usually around 3500 miles, I would change the oil and it would pick up again. I loved all my Geos. They were great little cars. I think you can get a used engine for one with 50,000 miles on it, from Japan where they have to replace them at 50,000 I heard, for a couple hundred dollars.

David M.
Eva Daniher5 years ago

Thanks

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago

Thanks.

David Jones
David Jones5 years ago

Interesting, thanks!

Louis Olivencia
Louis Olivencia6 years ago

LETS GET THESE "GREEN ECO" CARS ON THE STREETS FIRST! AND A LITTLE LESS TALK...;-)

gail d.
gail dair6 years ago

thankyou

Hilda Perrett
Hilda Perrett6 years ago

thank you

Nadia Ann
Past Member 6 years ago

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Kirsty Robson
Kirsty Robson6 years ago

Thanks!