The list of finalists for the 2014 Green Car of the Year has been announced. Surprisingly enough, there is only ONE hybrid and NO electric vehicles among the five contestants! Finalists for this year’s awards include two diesels, three gas-powered cars and a plug-in hybrid. Taking the place of the electric vehicles are a pair of diesels, representing a technology that last won a Green Car of the Year award in 2009, when the Audi A3 TDI took the title.
Both the Toyota Corolla and Mazda3, gas-powered vehicles, are finalists. With jurors citing the Mazda’s i-ELOOP and Skyactiv technology, which allows it to net up to 41 mpg. The Corolla, meanwhile, offers a new Eco trim, which can return 42 mpg. Rounding out this year’s crop of finalists is the Honda Accord, which is available in gas, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid variants for the first time. The Accord Plug-In is capable of 115 mpg, while the Accord Hybrid returns 50 mpg in the city and 47 on the highway.
It is the first time in several years that the awards aren’t dominated by electrified vehicles. This year’s awards will be handed out at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show by Green Car Journal.