If you have been a part of the Mrs. Green’s World tribe for any time at all, you know that I am very proud of my sponsors/partners or they wouldn’t be one! I believe in them or at the very least I believe in the products or services they sell. It’s no secret that the Chapman Automotive Group in Tucson, Arizona is a client and a partner that brings me great joy. In addition to selling some of the greenest cars on the market today, they have a Chapman Community Green Team whose efforts are far reaching and impacting many non-profits and green initiatives in Tucson. I am a proud member of that team and am blown away by the things they have and continue to accomplish on behalf of our community and the planet. But that’s a story for another blog.

So imagine my delight to find this press release in my in-box late last week.  I hope you will read the entire press release and note that Honda is doing its share in the area of environmental leadership as well. Enjoy!

Honda HR-V 2016

Honda HR-V Named “2016 Green SUV of the Year” by Green Car Journal

  • 2016 HR-V delivers unsurpassed fuel economy1 in the subcompact crossover segment in combination with fun-to-drive performance, sporty design and spacious, versatile packaging
  • HR-V is third Honda model honored by the magazine within the last five years

WASHINGTON D.C., Jan. 21, 2016 – The 2016 Honda HR-V (www.automobiles.honda.com/hr-v/.com), the brand’s stylish and versatile crossover vehicle, has been named “2016 Green SUV of the Year” by Green Car Journal. The “Green SUV of the Year” award recognizes the all-new HR-V for its class-leading environmental performance – a top fuel economy rating of 35 mpg highway1 (2WD CVT) and additional designation as an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV2 ULEV).

“The Honda HR-V is a truly unique new subcompact crossover, delivering the space, utility, comfort and feature content of a larger vehicle, with the sporty driving dynamics and class-leading fuel economy ratings on par with a small car,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of Auto Sales for American Honda. “All of us at Honda truly appreciate Green Car Journal for recognizing the HR-V as Green SUV of the Year and as the latest in a growing lineup of products with class-leading efficiency and low emissions.”

“With its active styling, smart features, and fuel economy leadership, the 2016 Honda HR-V gives car buyers an entirely new option in the small SUV category,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. “The HR-V brings true environmental performance to this fast-growing category, and drivers are taking notice, as are we here at Green Car Journal, making HR-V the perfect choice to take home 2016’s ‘Green SUV of the Year’ honor.”

The 2016 HR-V is the third Honda brand vehicle honored by the magazine in the past five years, joining prior Green Car of the Year Award winners, the 2012 Civic Natural Gas and the 2014 Accord.

2016 Honda HR-V
The 2016 HR-V is available with an all-new continuously variable transmission (CVT) that delivers both fuel efficiency and fun-to-drive performance at a high level. When equipped with the available CVT, the HR-V has an EPA city/highway fuel economy rating1 of 28/35 miles per gallon when equipped with front-wheel drive, and 27/32 miles per gallon when equipped with Real Time AWD™. With a 6-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive, the HR-V has an EPA city/highway fuel economy rating1 of 25/34 miles per gallon.

About Green SUV of the Year
The award-winning Green Car Journal has focused on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and environment since its launch in 1992. As part of its mission, the magazine hosts events, produces ride-and-drives of advanced and clean fuel vehicles, and conducts various outreach efforts to educate consumers on better and more environmentally positive vehicle choices. The magazine’s content is featured online at www.CarsOfChange.com.

Honda Environmental Leadership
Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is taking a comprehensive approach to reducing the environmental impact of its products, advancing fuel efficiency, low emissions and fun-to-drive performance with new powertrain technologies, including more fuel-efficient engines and transmissions and advanced electromotive technologies. Honda will offer several next-generation, advanced powertrain vehicles, including the launch of the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell sedan in 2016, and an all-new Honda plug-in hybrid model by 2018. Honda also will expand the use of its advanced two- and three-motor hybrid systems in the years to come. Together, these vehicles will offer significant sales volume, enabling Honda to bring ultra-low carbon transportation to consumers in the U.S.

1 Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.