Here's what didn't win: Tesla Model X, Toyota Prius Prime, and Nissan Rogue Hybrid.

While the Green Car Journal's big annual awards event happens at the Los Angeles Auto Show - where it crowns its Green Car Of The Year - the Washington Auto Show has its own collection of Green Car Awards. This year, Green Car Journal crowned three winners:

  • 2017 Green SUV of the Year: BMW X5 xDrive40e iPerformance
  • 2017 Connected Green Car of the Year: Mercedes-Benz C350e
  • 2017 Luxury Green Car of the Year: Acura NSX

Green Car Journal editor Ron Cogan praised all of the winners (and the finalists) as offering lower emissions and higher fuel economy without requiring any sacrifice from the driver. With the non-plug hybrids like the NSX, this is obvious, since you get some electric benefit without needing to change your gas habits at all. Both the BMW X5 xDrive40e iPerformance and the Mercedes-Benz C350e have plugs, and so can drive for a few miles (11 in the Mercedes, 14 in the BMW) on electric power alone. Cogan said that the C350e won because of its suite of, "on-board cameras and sensors [that provide] autonomous and semi-autonomous features like adaptive cruise control, steering assist, and full automatic emergency braking to help avoid pedestrian and vehicle collisions." And he liked that the NSX goes from 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, "while still delivering over 30 percent better city fuel efficiency than the model's previous generation."

For the record, here are the other finalists in the three categories. In the Connected category, Green Car Journal picked the Audi A3 e-tron, Honda Civic, Tesla Model X, and Toyota Prius Prime as finalists. The other Luxury finalists were the BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance, Jaguar XE 20d, Mercedes-Benz S550e, and Range Rover Td6. Finally, in the SUV category, we also had the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-9, Mercedes-Benz GLE550e, and Nissan Rogue Hybrid.

In 2016, the winners were the Chevy Malibu Hybrid (Connected), Volvo XC90 T8 (Luxury), and the Honda HR-V (SUV).

Source: Green Car Journal, Washington Auto Show

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Winners of 2017 Luxury Green Car of the Year, Connected Green Car of the Year, and Green SUV of the Year Announced by Green Car Journal

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Three winners of Green Car Journal's prestigious Green Car Awards have been announced at a Washington Auto Show press conference today in Washington DC. Named 2017 Connected Green Car of the Year™ is the Mercedes-Benz C350e, with the 2017 Green SUV of the Year™ awarded to the BMW X5 xDrive40e and the 2017 Luxury Green Car of the Year™ to Acura's new NSX. The awards were presented today during the auto show's second Policy Day.

"Winners of the 2017 Green Car Awards™ in Washington DC illustrate just how far the automotive market has advanced in recent years," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. "The desire for more efficient and environmentally positive vehicles has grown across the automotive spectrum, including in the luxury, connected, and SUV categories honored at the Washington Auto Show®. The auto industry has clearly stepped up in a big way to deliver the 'greener' models consumers want to buy."

The Mercedes-Benz C350e delivers all the luxury and driving enjoyment expected of the automaker's popular C Class with the additional benefit of efficient plug-in hybrid power. The model combines its 'green' proclivity with this automaker's most advanced connected and driver-assist technologies, with a fusion of on-board cameras and sensors providing autonomous and semi-autonomous features like adaptive cruise control, steering assist, and full automatic emergency braking to help avoid pedestrian and vehicle collisions.

BMW's X5 xDrive40e iPerformance takes SUVs to the next level, featuring the driver-focused and welcome appointments appreciated by BMW drivers and combining this with efficient plug-in hybrid power. This full-size SUV benefits from intelligent all-wheel drive that's always operating, even while driving on battery power. Drivers can choose Sport, Comfort, and Eco Pro hybrid modes to tailor the driving experience, with the latter emphasizing efficient driving.

The Acura NSX offers premium car buyers the luxury of one of the finest driving experiences available, in a sports car that's equally at home on the highway or the track. The aggressively styled NSX is powered by a 500 horsepower Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain integrating a 3.5-liter mid-ship V-6 and three electric motors. It uses an array of lightweight materials including carbon fiber, SMC fiberglass, aluminum, and high strength steel. All this brings 0-60 mph acceleration in 2.9 seconds while still delivering over 30 percent better city fuel efficiency than the model's previous generation.

The 2017 Green Car Awards jury considers such traditional values as safety, quality, value, performance, and functionality alongside superior environmental achievement. To encourage continuing environmental improvement, emphasis is placed on new models and those in the earlier stages of their model lifecycle.

About Green Car Journal
The award-winning Green Car Journal has focused on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and environment since its launch in 1992. As part of its mission, the magazine hosts events, produces ride-and-drives of advanced and clean fuel vehicles, and conducts various outreach efforts to educate consumers on better and more environmentally positive vehicle choices. The magazine's content is featured online at www.GreenCarJournal.com.

About WANADA and the Washington Auto Show
Produced by the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association (WANADA), The Washington Auto Show® provides an opportunity to explore the latest cars, technologies, and innovations in safety and sustainability. Celebrating its 75th year in 2017, the Washington Auto Show, the largest public event in DC, presented MobilityTalks InternationalSM on Jan. 24-25, a global discussion on the future of mobility regulation, harmonization and smart cities, followed by a Capitol Hill event, Ride and Drive with advanced technology vehicles at RFK Stadium, and Public Policy/Media Day at the Washington Convention Center. Consumer Days: Jan. 27-Feb.5. For more information on the 2017 Washington Auto Show®, see www.washingtonautoshow.com. Follow us at http://Twitter.com/washautoshow and http://Facebook.com/washautoshow.