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Honda Accord chosen as the 2014 Green Car of the Year

The Green Car Journal choses the Honda Accord, Hybrid, and PHEV models, praising the sedans' attainability, efficiency, and flexibility.

2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid
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LOS ANGELES -- It's that time of year again, where the Green Car of the Year is announced at the LA Auto Show. This year, the honor goes to the the Honda Accord, chosen from a field of 5 finalists that included the Audi A6 TDI, BMW 328d, Mazda3, and Toyota Corolla.

The Accord was chosen for its because it offers a reasonably efficient conventional gasoline model, up to 50 mpg from its hybrid variant, and an impressive 115 mpg combined equivalent from its plug-in hybrid model. The Green Car Journal's panel, which is responsible for choosing the Green Car of the Year, stated that the Accord's availability to the mass market, flexibility where power-train choices are concerned, and value bumped it to the top of the list. Last year, the Ford Fusion and its Hybrid and Plug-in Energi variants were chosen for similar reasons.

The 2014 Honda Accord is the 2014 Green Car of the Year.
The 2014 Honda Accord is the 2014 Green Car of the Year. Antuan Goodwin/CNET

Previous winners have included vehicles powered by gasoline turbos, natural gas, plug-in electrics, and a few turbodiesels. Once even a hybrid SUV took home the title, so it's interesting to see how the definition of the Green Car of the Year has changed over the year.

Check out our full review of the 2013 Honda Accord and our First Drive in the Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid to see our take and be sure to keep an eye on the rest of our coverage of the 2013 LA Auto Show.