The Northwest Automotive Press Association has released the results, and the first-ever Best Green SUV Award went to the 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid. The field included two hybrids, a diesel, and an SUV with variable cylinder management technology.
SUVs in the green category were judged alongside “regular” SUVs and were scored on the same on-road and off-road handling capabilities, comfort, ergonomics, etc. In addition, the Green SUVs were evaluated on their fuel economy and emissions technologies and innovations.
It’s interesting to note that, because the Green SUVs were run over the exact same courses as the conventional SUVs, they won in other categories as well.
Best Family SUV
- $30,000 – $50,000 price range as tested
- Kid-friendly features
- Winner: 2009 Dodge Durango HEMI Hybrid
Best Luxury SUV
- Above $50,000 as tested
- Advanced luxury features
- Winner: Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTec Diesel