Green SUV of the Year™

FINALISTS:

Chevrolet Equinox

The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is a fresh and modern SUV sized and designed to meet the needs of the compact SUV customer. Its expressive exterior has an all-new, athletic look echoing the global Chevrolet design cues seen on vehicles such as the Cruze, Bolt EV and Trax.

Kia Niro

Unveiled globally at the Chicago auto show earlier this year, the all-new Kia Niro is a no-compromise vehicle that combines driving enjoyment with eye-catching design, functional utility and hybrid efficiency. The all-new Niro strikes the perfect balance for today’s consumers and stakes claim to a unique position between the hybrid-electric vehicle and CUV segments.

Mazda CX-5

From becoming Mazda’s second-fastest vehicle to reach 1 million units to winning the hearts of customers all over the world, the Mazda CX-5 compact crossover SUV has been an unequivocal success for the Mazda brand. It returns all-new with hundreds of improvements. The CX-5 transcends its class with elegant design and a class-above sophistication. Following the RX-VISION concept car that was introduced a year earlier at the Tokyo Motor Show, CX-5 became the first production application of the next iteration KODO—Soul of Motion design ethos. Where the first CX-5 carried strong character lines that ran alongside its body, the second-generation ushered in “reflection-based surfacing,” distilling KODO to show volume through curves and subtlety.

Mini Cooper SE Countryman All4

Characteristic MINI driving fun is now available in fascinating, sustainable form. The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is the first model of the British premium brand in which a plug-in hybrid drive provides the option of mobility that is purely electric and therefore emissions-free, in addition to offering the thrill of athletic agility and supreme versatility.

Volvo XC60 T8

Volvo’s XC60 T8 is powered by the same PHEV powertrain as its larger XC90 T8 sibling. Both use a 313 horsepower, supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an eight-speed automatic transaxle and two permanent-magnet AC motors. A 46-horsepower electric motor drives the front wheels while an 87 horsepower AC motor powers the rear wheels, resulting in total system output of 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft torque. The XC60 T8’s regenerative braking, stop/start capability, and a Pure EV electric-only mode contribute toward a 59 MPGe rating. It drives 18 miles on battery power and 370 miles total.
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