Honda Vehicles Earn Top Rankings in 2002 ACEEE Green Book

For the third consecutive year, the Honda Insight has been recognized by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) as the "Greenest Vehicle" in its annual ACEEE's Green Book: The Environmental Guide to Cars and Trucks - Model Year 2002. ACEEE evaluates vehicles on the basis of fuel economy, emissions and overall environmental impact.

The natural gas powered Civic GX tied for the second best score on the Greenest Vehicles of 2002 evaluation, while the Civic HX coupe placed among the top five - and was the best scoring non-hybrid, gasoline-powered vehicle on the list.

Greenest Vehicles of 2002

1. Honda Insight (gasoline electric hybrid)
2. Honda Civic GX (natural gas)
2. Toyota RAV4 EV (electric)
3. Toyota Prius (gasoline electric hybrid)
4. Honda Civic HX (gasoline)
5. Toyota Echo (gasoline)
6. Nissan Sentra (California-only edition, gasoline)
7. Honda Civic (All models nationwide, gasoline)
8. Mitsubishi Mirage (gasoline)
9. Toyota Corrolla (gasoline)
9. Chevrolet Prizm (gasoline)
10. Saturn SL (gasoline)

Topping the "Greener Choices" list (a special evaluation prepared by ACEEE that is limited to gasoline-powered vehicles with an automatic transmission), the Honda Insight again scored first and the Honda Civic HX coupe ranked third among all of the vehicles evaluated.

ACEEE Top 5 Greener Choices 2002

1. Honda Insight (hybrid)
2. Toyota Prius (hybrid)
3. Honda Civic HX coupe
4. Ford Focus Wagon
5. Suzuki Esteem Wagon

The Honda Insight equipped with an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT) achieves 57/56 city/hwy mpg and meets Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) standards, as well as Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) standards in California and some Northeastern states. The manual transmission version of the Insight achieves 61/68 mpg and meets ULEV standards.

The Civic HX coupe features lean-burn engine tuning for enhanced fuel economy and achieves 35/40 city/hwy mpg with a CVT and 36/44 city/hwy mpg with a manual transmission while meeting national ULEV standards.

For more information regarding the 2002 ACEEE Greenest Vehicles and Greener Choices evaluations, please visit www.greenercars.com. Media information regarding all Honda vehicles can be found in the Honda Automobiles section of Hondanews.com. Consumer information is available at www.honda.com.

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