Green Car Journal Green Car of the Year finalists named

The Green Car Journal has announced the five vehicles which will battle it out for the title of 2013 Green Car of the Year, set to be presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 29.

The five fuel efficient cars in the running for this award are: the Dodge Dart Aero, the Ford C-MAX, the Ford Fusion, the Mazda CX-5 SkyACTIV and the Toyota Prius c.

This highly regarded award is now in its eighth year, with previous winners including the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, the Toyota Camry hybrid and last year's winner the Honda Civic GX natural gas vehicle.

The prestigious lineup of judges in charge of selecting the final winner includes Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune, Global Green USA president Matt Petersen and Tonight Show host Jay Leno.

"This is a very exciting time for the Green Car of the Year program," said president of the Green Car Institute and editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal Ron Cogan in a statement released October 25.

"For two decades now, Green Car Journal has documented the 'greening' of the auto industry, from a time of mere concepts and demonstration programs to today, when the sheer number of environmentally positive production vehicles available to consumers is just eye-opening."

Mr Cogan went on to note that the increasing amount of green cars going into production has made narrowing down the field to just five vehicles tougher than ever before, but that it is great news for consumers looking to reduce fuel consumption.

Of the five cars nominated, only the Mazda CX-5 SkyACTIV and the Toyota Prius c are currently widely available in Australia, with the other three vehicles yet to make their way to our shores.