Top 4 Environmentally Friendly Cars Get 4 Leaf Rating!


4 Cars You Can Purchase in America: Rated 4 Green Leafs, Most Environmental Friendly!

Greenopia Green Leaf Ratings for ALL 2009 Automobiles!

SANTA MONICA, CA – (Marketwire – February 19, 2009) – Greenopia announced today that it has released the green industry’s most comprehensive automobile ratings. Available on its popular website,, the car ratings use Greenopia’s EPA-recognized 4-Leaf rating system to provide definitive indications of over 100 models’ impact on the environment resulting from their manufacture and operation.

The most eco-friendly model year 2009 cars available on the market today are the Honda Civic Hybrid Sedan, VW Jetta TDI Clean Diesel, Toyota Prius, and VW Sportwagen TDI Clean Diesel. Each model earned a Greenopia 4-Leaf rating.

This was an independent study conducted by Greenopia’s Research Labs using an extended list of test criteria that included fuel-efficiency, manufacturing materials, EPA SmartWay vehicle emissions and proxy data representing manufacturing processes. The criteria data was gathered, calculated and analyzed using Greenopia’s proprietary lifecycle eco-cost methodology. “Automobile operation logically has the most significant impact on the lifecycle eco-costs of a car,” said Douglas Mazeffa, Greenopia’s Director of Research. “However, we wanted to extend measurement to actual production processes so that green consumers will have a more complete picture of the impact of their purchase decisions.”

Chevrolet, Honda and Toyota rated high for their eco-friendly manufacturing processes. Ratings were conducted within vehicle classifications so that green consumers could choose the lowest eco-cost car within a class.

Where are the American made cars? Achieving 29-35 miles per gallon simply isn’t good enough to make this environmentally friendly list.

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9 Responses to Top 4 Environmentally Friendly Cars Get 4 Leaf Rating!

  1. Global Patriot March 2, 2009 at 12:12 am #

    Sad that the American manufacturers didn’t make the cut this time around, but this type of industry recognition will hopefully get them to join the competition for producing greener autos in the future.

  2. March 2, 2009 at 3:00 pm #

    @Global Patriot: Thanks for your comments. I would like to see the American Auto industry have a few cars listed with 4 green leafs.

    Unless the auto industry management gets their act together and really clean up their mess, then its going to take a while before they can achieve the 4 green leaf label.
    Unfortunately, the auto group has decided to give up the battle and let the federal government lead them into total destruction.

  3. Global Changes March 17, 2009 at 10:22 am #

    That VW Sportswagon looks awesome

  4. March 17, 2009 at 10:46 am #

    @Global Changes: Thanks for your comments. CG agrees, the VW Sportswagon looks and really is awesome. Looking forward to driving one.

    But hybrids are not selling and seem to be tanking. What is going on with this? Check this out:

  5. Phillip March 23, 2009 at 4:05 pm #

    I would’ve bought a hybrid from GM but I couldn’t wait. I’m happy with the Prius.

  6. March 24, 2009 at 11:52 am #

    @Phillip:Thanks for your comments. Howlong will it take to recoup your money for the higher price of the Prius? You are getting great mileage, but you paid a premium to get the Pruis.

    Most estimates I have seen says 6-7 years. The GM hybrids are not selling and would you buy a GM hybrid considering their economic condition. I have purchase GM vehicles since the 1970’s, but no more. Prius sales have been down in the U.S. and Chevrolet had the top selling U.S. car last year. Enjoy your Prius.

  7. asbestos survey April 28, 2010 at 7:25 am #

    I actually really like the Toyota prius, I think it looks very sleek. I would like to see more eco-friendly cars on the road but hopefully more manufacturers will start getting involved with creating these cars.

  8. May 5, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    @asbestos survey: Thank u for the comments. I like the Prius, but a little small for me but I don’t like the sticking gas pedals. Hmmm, seems the gas pedal deal kind of went away.

  9. Club Penguin June 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    Is this something you think that would be very useful?

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