The 2012 Green Car of the Year award was snagged from the electric and diesel jaws of its competitors by the Honda Civic Natural Gas. In a year full of standard gasoline powertrain alternatives, the Civic beat out the Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i, Toyota Prius V and the Volkswagen Passat TDI.

Green Car Journal hands out the award and its rules state that the GCOTY needs to have a "quantifiable environmental achievement," market significance and "newness." Any car that has these clearly defined features and is available for sale by January 1, 2012 can be a nominee, and the list of finalists is whittled down by GCJ editors and selected industry and environmental experts.

Over the last four years, the GCOTY was won by a hybrid (the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid in 2008), diesels (the Volkswagen Jetta TDI in 2009 and the Audi A3 TDI in 2010) and a plug-in hybrid (the Chevrolet Volt in 2011). In our informal poll we put up when the five finalists were announced a month ago, the Focus Electric dominated the field.


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      purplewonagain
      • 3 Years Ago
      What! Rediculous! Just because NG is rediculously abundant, and clean burning and produces no NOx! The coal burning Focus should have won! \
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @purplewonagain
        Read up about fracking. NG is clean burning, but getting to the stuff is becoming progressively more environmentally damaging. That's the big problem with NG, and subsequently, hydrogen made from NG.
      redgpgtp97
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda's bland design will cause shoppers to go elsewhere just on looks alone.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @redgpgtp97
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          ryanandrewmartin
          • 3 Years Ago
          Yeah because I'm sure that there are SO MANY people HELL BENT on ONLY buying a natural gas powered automobile. LOL
          • 3 Years Ago
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          ryanandrewmartin
          • 3 Years Ago
          Seriously. How often do you hear about people ONLY shopping NG-powered cars? Never! Thats how often. If that makes me a troll then great! I already live under a bridge.
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only civic I would buy besides the 1994 Civic Ex that I have!! I like that Honda has explored this technology. Place a refuel station in my garage with this and I would love to see my 5.0 and Civic NG next to it!
      seni0rl0c0
      • 3 Years Ago
      Priced $2k more than the hybrid and $10k over the base model. Not exactly making waves.
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      All those poor Prius owners are complaining right now on there Apple computers at Starbucks right now. Let it begin.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why? Producing Natural gas is just as dirty and environmentally unsound as shale/tar sands oil. USA did push hard for natural gas during the Bush administration. He and his fossil fuel industry buddies put tons of money into it, hoping to reform natural gas into hydrogen and sell it as the clean fuel of the future. But currently that still needs a lot of work and makes electric cars look cheap. Natural gas does burn clean, but you are just trading one problematic fossil fuel for another. Ethanol is a joke. Electric has an infinite 0 emissions cheat code called solar panels.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        Go ahead and downrate me but i am running my transportation 100% pollution free on solar panels and not paying the fossil fuel industry a cent for it. What i'm talking about here is not a fairy tale. My panels at their current kWh rate will pay off in 12 years VS using local coal-fired energy. The remaining 18 years is money in my pocket that i would have handed over to west virginia or wyoming for their coal.
      Bill
      • 3 Years Ago
      Didn't honda sell these ten years ago. So nothing new here. And why would a guinea mobile like the 2008 hybrid win any award? A mini van gets the same job done and uses less gas. Bet a Mercedes e350 wagon is better on gas than a guinea Tahoe .
      Smooth
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda has had it very rough with this new Civic. I know they're glad something they did is getting a good review with this car. Congrats.
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