Green Car logo with clouds in backgrounThe Green Car of the Year award announced its finalists for 2016, and any of the nominated cars could win it. The auto industry developed many new cars with green technology and upgraded exiting models to accomplish higher efficiency and improved environmental impact. 

These improvements along with increased auto recycling positively impacts the environment and reduces waste. The industry efforts make the GCOY award selection tougher, according to contest officials.

The Green Car Nominees

That must be why the list does not include any of the finalists from last year. The 2015 model year list includes:

  • The Toyota Prius
  • The Hyundai Sonata
  • The Honda Civic
  • The Chevrolet Volt
  • The Audi A3 eTron

The award not only goes to the car with the best green answers, but also to the car consumers will likely buy and put into service, an interesting qualifier.

The Chevrolet Volt
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt Hybrid brings aggressive exterior styling along with remarkable fuel economy. The power-train offers some pep under the hood too. The thing that makes this five-door hatch a serious contender is the range of the Volt. The combined electric and gas engines will travel well over 400 miles before it runs out of juice.

The Hyundai Sonata
The Sonata has an outstanding chance of grabbing this award because of the interior luxury and exterior looks of this car, and the low price. Adding two hybrid power-trains to the model gets it over the 40 mpg hurdle. The Sonata also comes as a plug-in hybrid. All that economy in a family car is remarkable. New aerodynamic styling will help sales too.

Toyota Prius
The Prius has never won the GYOC award despite being practically a billboard for green cars. In 2016, the Prius underwent changes that would increase its mileage by 10 percent, this year and in the future. For 2016, the hybrid engine is delivering from 52 to 56 mpg highway, depending on the engine choice. The comfortable backseat, enormous cargo area and high-tech package also helps sales.

Audi A3 E-Tron
Yes, Audi A3 e-Tron looks like the real deal. The five-door hatch plug-in promises not only outstanding gas mileage, but serious luxury and styling. The car’s an eye-popper in many ways, reminiscent of last years BMW i3 winner. It handles well on the road, so the car’s mechanics are flawless and the plug-in hybrid engine is performing well. Inside the car, buyers find many wonderful luxury features. There’s a lot to like about the Audi A3 eTron.

Honda Civic
The Civic is in the running for the GYOC because of its fuel-efficient turbocharged engine. It delivers an impressive 27/40 mpg mileage. Other selling points are the power and handling of the compact car, the amount of leg and head room, and the spacious trunk. It offers a superior infotainment package too. The safety features also score big with buyers. This is a solid entry in the GYOC awards.

The 2016 entries in the GYOC award of 2016 offer consumers real green choices. This is an outstanding group of automobiles.