It’s Not Just About the MPG

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I am beginning to learn this summer, as I look for a vehicle that is both family and eco-friendly, that it’s not just about the MPG.  I wish it were, as that would make my decision a little easier.  Although important, the overall fuel efficiency of any given vehicle is just one aspect of its green rating.  For instance, the U.S. EPA has created a Green Vehicle Guide (www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/select.htm) that rates each car and truck on a number of criteria, including air pollution and greenhouse gas scores.  Additionally, a vehicle can receive an EPA SmartWay or SmartWay Elite designation that can be earned by having both good air pollution and greenhouse gas scores (6 or better for SmartWay and 9 or better for SmartWay Elite). According the EPA website, SmartWay Elite Vehicles are said to be “superior environmental performers.”

Now, let’s see how the EPA Green Vehicle Guide works with a side-by-side comparison of three vehicles I am thinking about purchasing:

Honda Odyssey 6 cyl with FWD (2010)…

Air Pollution Score = 7 out of 10, Fuel Economy 17/25, Greenhouse Gas         Score = 5 out of 10.   The Odyssey just misses the SmartWay designation by 1 point.

Suburu Outback Wagon CVT with AWD (2010)…

Air Pollution Score = 6 out of 10, Fuel Economy 22/29, Greenhouse Gas        Score =7 out of 10, rated a SmartWay vehicle.

GMC Terrain 4 cyl with AWD (2010)….

Air Pollution Score = 7 out of 10, Fuel Economy 20/29, Greenhouse Gas       Score = 6 out of 10, rated a SmartWay vehicle.

This system is a great way to make sense out of a lot of conflicting information regarding what makes a vehicle green.  How does your vehicle fare?

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Comments

  1. While MPG might not be the only factor, it’s still the best indicator. It looks like all the cars with the best MPG also have the best emissions ratings.

  2. There are many things to factor in when looking for a green car. You could go all electric but what if you drive long distance. Some of the “green” cars are not as green as they make them out to be. You also need to look into what type of mechanic work will you be looking at in the future and can you afford the necessary maintenance of the vehicle.

  3. The batteries are an important factor.

  4. While MPG might not be the only factor
    it’s still the best indicator
    It looks like all the cars with the best MPG also have the best emissions ratings.

  5. You also need to look into what type of mechanic work will you be looking at in the future and can you afford the necessary maintenance of the vehicle.
    Thank you so good perfect job

  6. There are many things to factor in when looking for a green car. You could go all electric but what if you drive long distance. thank you very much indeed for that ;)

  7. In the near future, all of these will be possible without any flaw and we can have clean air.

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