What the Consumer Reports the Green Choice Title Means for New Cars

When looking for a new car, many people check Consumer Reports for information. As fuel line emissions become a bigger issue and the world moves towards electric vehicles, what does Consumer Reports’ green choice mean? Find out what this designation means for buyers and for cars.

What is Consumer Reports Green Choice?

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At first glance, the little green leaf doesn’t look like much. For automakers, getting the “green choice” recommendation is a big deal. The Green Choice designation from Consumer Reports means that the vehicle is among those that produce the least greenhouse gases.

In 2021, Consumer Reports decided to add the designation to help find the right car for buyers. In conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Green Choice title helps identify vehicles that emit less greenhouse gases.

In a portion of the January 2021 Annual Auto Survey, 61% of American adults who took the survey said emissions were a “very or somewhat” important factor in choosing a new car.

Many of Consumer Reports’ green cars are also the best

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While tailpipe emissions are an issue for some people, CR suggests that a “green choice” car will also help you save money.

“In fact, owners of electric vehicles spend 60% less to power their vehicles than owners of conventional gasoline models.”

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Many cars that regularly appear on CR’s “top picks” list also have the green pick sheet. Vehicles like the Toyota Prius, Toyota Camry and Tesla Model 3 all qualified. To earn Consumer Reports’ coveted green choice sheet on a vehicle, it must be in the top 20 percent of low tailpipe emissions. Specifically, “The EPA has certified this vehicle among the 20 percent lowest emitting passenger vehicles for its model year, based on government greenhouse gas and smog ratings.”

Some older cars also received the CR title. This means buyers can check on an older vehicle to see if it still qualifies. CR experts went back and applied the recommendation to cars as early as 2016.

Look for the sheet next to the “recommended” marker

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Readers can find the green leaf on Consumer Reports’ ratings and model pages. If the car, truck or SUV meets these guidelines, the “GREEN CHOICE” sheet will be at the top of the page next to the year, make and model. Right next to the “RECOMMENDED” designation, which is also a big deal.

Every year there are more options on the market as the world shifts to electric vehicles. This year, more electric SUVs and electric trucks are hitting the market than ever before. Many of them will earn the Green Choice designation from Consumer Reports, and the market is expected to continue to grow as fewer gas-powered cars are produced.

For now, keep an eye on the little leaf if you’re worried about exhaust emissions and fuel economy.

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