Roy goes on to say that the ACEEE's most recent list of green and mean autos was chosen without practical considerations. He's right, the list was generated after considering each vehicles consumption and emissions figures. That's not to say, though, that none of the greenest vehicles on their list are practical. The second greenest car is the Prius, which, despite of what you may think of looks-wise, is certainly a practical car. In fact, nine of their greenest vehicles are either four-door sedans or hatchbacks, the bastion of American practicality.
It should also be mentioned that the sales of vehicles such as those on the ACEEE's greenest list are what makes the sale of V8-powered cars, as well as the ACEEE's meanest, possible, which may seem a bit irrational to all of the hardcore-greenies out there, but, hey, it's the truth.
[Source: Rex Roy / Detroit News, ACEEE]