RICHMOND, Virginia – Green Car Journal has announced the five finalists for its 2013 Green Car of the Year award, and the Mazda CX-5 SkyActiv made the list, according to Pearson Mazda in Richmond, Virginia.
The Green Car award was created to reward companies for developing the most ‘green’ vehicles on the road. Each of this year’s five finalists uses technology to achieve high fuel economy.
The all-new Mazda CX-5 compact SUV was chosen because of its impressive fuel economy and new technology. The SkyActiv system includes a lighter structure direct-injection engine. The car achieves a fuel economy of 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
"The 2013 CX-5 is the vehicle compact SUV shoppers have been asking for - that only Mazda can build," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). "Poised to join a fast-growing and increasingly competitive segment, the all-new CX-5 offers more than just flash and features. Consumers also receive the performance and driving dynamics that have become synonymous with the Mazda brand. With its SKYACTIV underpinnings and best-in-class fuel economy, CX-5 proves that 'fun' needn't be sacrificed for efficiency and that 'compact' doesn't mean compromise."
The 2013 Mazda CX-5 has also been named to Ward’s “10 Best Interiors List” and a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The other four finalists for the award are the Dodge Dart Aero, Ford C-MAX, Ford Fusion, and Toyota Prius c. Last year’s winner was the Honda Civic Natural Gas, an alternative fuel vehicle that was the only assembly-line produced natural gas passenger model manufactured for sale in the United States.
The award recipient will be chosen by a jury that includes the director of the Sierra Club, Jacques Cousteau’s eldest son and Jay Leno. The winner will be announced on November 29 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
About Pearson Mazda
Pearson Mazda in Richmond, Virginia sells new and used Mazda vehicles to consumers in the Richmond, Petersburg, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, and Hanover.