The 2014 Honda Accord has made the finals in this year’s Green Car Awards competition. This vehicle and 4 other finalists were identified and announced by Green Car Journal at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, which took place on October 17th. During previous years, the competition included many hybrids and EVs, but this year, somewhat surprisingly, there are no electric vehicles at all in the lineup, and only one hybrid vehicle. Instead of all-electric, diesel technology is coming to the fore, represented by the efficient diesel engines of the Audi A6 TDI and the BMW 328d.

The one vehicle representing hybrid technology was the 2014 Honda Accord. We navigated to an online Honda car dealer’s site – David Hobbs Honda in Milwaukee – to try and learn more about this vehicle. According to their inventory, the car comes in 4 different versions – the ordinary 4 cylinder version, the V-6 version, the plug-in hybrid version, and the regular hybrid version.  The Accord comes in a range of price, features, and colors.

So here are the 4 finalists:

  • Honda Accord,
  • Mazda 3
  • Audi A6 TDI
  • BMW 328d
  • Toyota Corolla

These vehicles are selected for the outstanding fuel economy and general stature as environmentally sound vehicles. The fact that each year more vehicles are considered by Green Car Journal for this award is a good sign. It means that more and more vehicles being produced are emphasizing fuel economy and environmental compatibility.

Also of interest are the panel of judges that decide which cars receive the honor. This year’s lineup includes Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society, Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Jay Leno, the host of the Tonight Show and a knowledgeable auto enthusiast. These jurors will decide which vehicle takes the Green Car Award. This award can prove influential in the industry, highlighting certain technologies as worth auto makers’ time and development. In this case it seems to be diesel engines, though tomorrow the EVs and hybrids may again come to the forefront. Only time will tell.

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