The Volt, which started arriving in dealerships this fall, also won the award when it debuted in 2010 as a 2011 model. Green Car Journal praised the Volt’s increased range, all-new propulsion system and bold design.
The Green Car of the Year award is determined by an 11-member panel, and is based on fuel efficiency, Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board certifications, performance and affordability. Other criteria include availability and accessibility.
The other finalists were the Audi A3 e-tron, Honda Civic, Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Prius.