Since 2005, Green Car Journal has honored ‘green’ cars during the LA Auto Show. It reflects the automotive industry’s efforts to come up with vehicles that are more efficient and has a better environmental impact. With each succeeding year, more vehicles considered for the recognition. Yesterday, the Green Car Journal finally identified the five finalists for the Green Car of the Year 2014. Here are the finalists:

2014 Audi A6 TDI

ENGINE: 3.0 liter 6-cylinder TDI clean diesel


TORQUE: 580 Nm

FUEL EFFICIENCY: 16.2 km/l, highway driving

FEATURES: start-stop system

2014 BMW 328d

ENGINE: 2.0 liter 4-cylinder TwinPower clean diesel


TORQUE: 379 Nm

FUEL EFFICIENCY: 19.1 km/l, highway driving

FEATURES: auto start-stop, brake energy regeneration

2014 Honda Accord

ENGINE: 3.5 liter V6 / 2.4 liter 4-cylinder / 2.0 liter 4-cylinder hybrid

POWER:  282 PS (V6) / 188 PS (inline 4) / 143 (hybrid)

TORQUE: 341 Nm (V6) / 245 PS (inline 4)

FUEL EFFICIENCY: 14.5 km/l, highway (V6) / 15.3 km/l, highway (inline 4), 20 km/l, highway (Hybrid), 19.6 km/l (Plug-In)

FEATURES: Earth Dreams Technology powertrain

2014 Mazda 3


POWER: 120 PS (standard) / 165 PS (high)                                                                                                              

TORQUE: 210 Nm

FUEL EFFICIENCY: 17.4 km/l, highway (sedan) / 17 km/l, highway (hatchback)

FEATURES: i-ELOOP engine braking system

2014 Toyota Corolla

ENGINE: 1.8 liter 4-cylinder VVT-I (LE Eco)


TORQUE: 170 Nm

FUEL EFFICIENCY: 17.9 km/l, highway

FEATURES: Valvematic, ECO function

"The diversity of this field of finalists illustrates not only that 'green' has gone mainstream, but also that there is no single approach to achieving ever higher levels of fuel efficiency and environmental performance," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and