|Brand Ratings -> Car Manufacturer -> Mazda|
Parent Company: Ford
Fleet MPG: 22.45 MPG
Hybrids/Alt Fuel: 1 Models
Over 30 MPG: 3 Models
EPA Smartway Certified: 6 Vehicles
Greenopia Environment Achievement:
Right now Ford only has the Escape Hybrid available for sale, but look for the Fusion Hybrid in 2010 and the Reflex Hybrid down the road (pun very much intended). Ford has only 3 models that get over 30 miles per gallon on the highway and it sports a slightly above average 21.72 mpg combined for its fleet. All in all, not too shabby.
In happier news, Ford does publish a comprehensive sustainability report that is not only easily accessible to consumers, but it is also more user-friendly than many of the ones out there (many flood you with jargon, numbers, and charts). On the positive side, Ford has made significant progress over the past five years, reducing emission or inputs in almost every category. One downside, however, is Ford’s energy needed and carbon dioxide emitted per vehicle manufactured are well above what other companies report. Also, in some of the categories, Ford did not include data from Jaguar and Landrover who tend to not be stellar environmental performers. But, Ford should get credit for tracking and reporting as many indicators as they do.
Mazda has a relatively fuel efficient fleet coming it at almost 22.5mpg combined. The Tribute hybrids is readily available and Mazda has 3 cars that get over 30mpg on the highway. Mazda also scores well in emissions according to the EPA, with 6 cars that are SmartWay vehicles.