The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released a list of the top 12 ‘Greenest’ vehicles of 2014. Showing up on this list for the greenest new cars is the Mitsubishi Mirage, with a Green Score of 54.
In order to rate these vehicles the ACEEE comes up with a Green Score. This is done by analyzing “automakers’ test results for fuel economy and emissions as reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board, along with other specifications reported by automakers. We estimate pollution from vehicle manufacturing, from the production and distribution of fuel and from vehicle tailpipes. We count air pollution, such as fine particles, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and other pollutants according to the health problems caused by each pollutant. We then factor in greenhouse gases (such as carbon dioxide) and combine the emissions estimates into a Green Score that runs on a scale from 0 to 100”.
ACEEE lead vehicle analyst Shruti Vaidyanathan, said:
“We’ve had such an influx of hybrid and electric vehicles in recent years that the race to earn a spot on the ‘Greenest’ list is more competitive than ever, particularly for conventional vehicles. It’s encouraging to see automakers investing heavily in eco-savvy vehicles on the whole,”
The Mitsubishi Mirage‘s 1.2 Liter 3-cylinder engine with an automatic CVT reaches 37 MPG in the city and 44 MPG on the highway. of the the vehicles who made it onto the list of greenest new cars it is the highest rated non-hybrid vehicle.
An inexpensive small hatchback, the Mitsubishi Mirage has a personality all its own and with a wide range of colors often unseen on the road , it’s difficult to drive one without a smile from eat to ear. If you are looking for one of the greenest new cars on the market then you need to check out the Mirage.