|Brand Ratings -> Car Manufacturer -> Acura|
Parent Company: Honda
Fleet MPG: 20.3 MPG
Hybrids/Alt Fuel: 0 Models
Over 30 MPG: 1 Models
EPA Smartway Certified: 1 Vehicles
Greenopia Environment Achievement:
Honda led the way for mainstream hybrids when it released the Honda Insight in 1999. The insight was eventually discontinued, but I am happy to report it is being brought back in 2009, and Honda is still going to great lengths to be a green leader in the automotive industry. The average mileage of a car in Honda’s fleet is 25.81 miles per gallon giving one of the best overall scores and the best average fleet mileage of any car company with 10 or more models. Honda also has 7 cars in its fleet that get at least 30 miles per gallon on the highway and has a variety of alternative fuel cars in the making including compressed natural gas and hydrogen fuel cell cars. This complements their already available Civic hybrid and Honda has other hybrids in the works as well.
From a reporting standpoint Honda has an impressive sustainability report. Honda tracks numerous environmental indicators including energy and water usage, material composition, recyclability, hazardous chemicals, emissions, and waste. Honda has set clear goals for the reduction of these environmental indicators and has significantly reduced their chemical emissions, waste, and energy and water use per vehicle produced. This means Honda has become more efficient in the production of its vehicles in most of its indicators. Honda’s Life-cycle reporting is robust and shows a true interest and dedication in reducing their overall impact. Thirteen of Honda’s fourteen plants in North America and 80% of its suppliers are ISO 14001 certified.
Acura only has one car that gets better than 30mpg on the highway and with combined fleet miles per gallon of 20.30 it comes in below the industry average. Acura has no hybrids available and the company has gone on record saying they are not interested in adding any hybrids to their fleet. On a happier note, Acura has solid emissions scores according to the EPA’s database.