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Pros and cons of the ‘Green Car of the Year’ finalists

The 2018 Honda Accord is efficient, even with the 1.5-liter turbo engine. Honda

Every year, Green Car Journal crowns its Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Ahead of each year’s big reveal, the auto-focused outlet announces its finalists, and it did just that earlier this month.

Here are the pros and cons of each of the finalists for the 2018 Green Car of the Year award:

2018 Honda Accord

Starting price: $23,570 / Hybrid: TBA

Miles per gallon (city/highway/combined): 30/38/33 / Hybrid: TBA

Pros: The Journal considers the entire engine lineup of the Accord and Accord Hybrid as one finalist. In addition to its Green Car credentials, it has a refined chassis and a clever, adjustable regenerative braking system.


Cons: The potent V6 engine is no longer part of the lineup. The hybrid’s four-cylinder is a bit unrefined. And both models have poor rear visibility.

2017 Honda Clarity Electric

2018 Honda Clarity

Starting price: TBA

Miles per gallon: 44/40/42 (110 combined MPGe)

Pros: The new Clarity offers three options: Plug-in hybrid, battery-electric, and hydrogen fuel cell. It is also far more upscale then the discontinued Honda Insight.

Cons: The Clarity has rather anonymous styling. The tedious infotainment system lacks volume or tuning knobs, and the shifter design is confusing.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq EV

2017 Hyundai Ioniq

Starting price: Hybrid: $22,200 / Electric: $29,500

Miles per gallon: Hybrid: 57/59/58 / Electric: 136 MPGe

Pros: The Ioniq is available as either a hybrid, an electric version with a 124-mile range, or a plug-in hybrid. It has agile handling and solid ride comfort. The infotainment system and controls are all sensible, too.

Cons: The Ioniq isn’t exactly exciting, which is becoming a valid argument as more options move into this segment.

2018 Nissan Leaf

2018 Nissan Leaf

Starting price: $29,900

Miles per gallon: 150-mile range

Pros: The 2018 Leaf has a sportier design than its predecessor. The Pro-Pilot Assist offers a semi-autonomous cruise control, and the E-Pedal allows for one-pedal driving with adjustable feedback.


Cons: The 150-mile range is not as good as it could be, and the vehicle uses a proprietary charger design.

2018 Toyota Camry XSE

2018 Toyota Camry

Starting Price: $23,495 / Hybrid: $27,800

Miles per gallon: 29/41/34 / Hybrid: 51/53/52

Pros: The entire engine lineup — including a four-cylinder, a V6, and a hybrid setup — are all praised. Even the base four-cylinder is potent and returns 41 miles per gallon on the highway. The hybrid version returns up to 53 miles per gallon on the highway.

Cons: Trunk space is tighter than the rest of the sedan set. Toyotas do not support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, including the Camry or Camry Hybrid.