Honda’s Legacy of Automotive Environmental Awards

From the nascent days of Honda, our philosophy has been to be a company that society wants to exist. To achieve this, we understand that Honda products must provide the greatest possible benefit, while doing the least possible harm to the world around us.

Since its earliest environmental success with the CVCC Civic, which was a major breakthrough in reducing emissions and increasing fuel efficiency, Honda has introduced many new automobile technologies designed to help the environment. From gas-electric hybrids and natural-gas vehicles to hydrogen fuel-cell technology, Honda cars have been at the forefront of alternative-fuel powertrains.

Many of those vehicles, along with gasoline-powered automobiles that have demonstrated fuel and emission efficiency, have been recognized by various organizations with annual awards. This legacy is carried on to the present day as the new Honda CR-V was named as the 2020 Green SUV of the Year by the Green Car Journal.

This is the second Honda model to win Green SUV of the Year , joining the 2016 HR-V as vehicles honored by Green Car Journal.

What follows is a comprehensive list of the environmental awards received by Honda products and manufacturing facilities.


World Car of the Year – World Green Car

  • 2006 Civic Hybrid
  • 2009 FCX Clarity

Mother Earth News Best Green Car (Top-5)

  • 2010 Civic Hybrid
  • 2010 Insight

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) (Top-5)

  • 2010 Civic GX
  • 2010 Civic Hybrid
  • 2010 Insight
  • 2011 Civic GX
  • 2011 Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Civic GX
  • 2012 Insight

Kelley Blue Book Top Green Cars

  • 2010 Insight
  • 2014 Accord Hybrid

Green Car Journal Green Car of the Year

  • 2012 Civic GX
  • 2014 Honda Accord
  • 2017-18 Clarity series
  • 2019 Honda Insight

Green Car Journal Green SUV of the Year

  • 2016 Honda HR-V
  • 2020 Honda CR-V

Green Car Journal Luxury Green Car of the Year

  • 2016 Acura NSX

Green Car Reports best car to buy

  • 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) America’s Greenest Automaker

  • 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010

Energy Star Facility (EPA)

  • Marysville Auto Plant (2006-2019)
  • East Liberty Plant (2006-2019)
  • Honda Mfg. of Indiana (2012-2019)
  • Honda Mfg. of Alabama (2006, 2008)
  • Honda Transmission Mfg. of America (2019)
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