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The Greenest Vehicles of 2002

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

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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)

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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ACEEE's Green Book - 2002

The Environmental Guide to Cars & Trucks - Model Year 2002, by American Council for An Energy-Efficient Economy.buy now

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12:19AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

interesting

9:38PM PDT on Apr 14, 2011

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.

10:38PM PST on Nov 15, 2010

Thanks

11:23AM PST on Nov 15, 2010

Thanks.

3:35AM PDT on Aug 26, 2010

Interesting, thanks!

2:37PM PDT on May 28, 2010

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

1:15AM PDT on May 1, 2010

thankyou

6:03AM PST on Mar 12, 2010

thank you

4:57AM PST on Jan 19, 2010

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4:00PM PST on Jan 7, 2010

Thanks!

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