Find a SmartWay Vehicle
Looking for an environmentally friendly vehicle?
Cars and trucks awarded EPA's SmartWay certification emit less greenhouse gas (GHG) and smog-forming tailpipe emissions than other vehicles.
What is a SmartWay Vehicle?
EPA's SmartWay program certifies the top 20% lowest-emitting cars and trucks for each model year. This provides car buyers with an easy way to identify the cleanest, most efficient vehicles. The very best of these vehicles earn the SmartWay Elite certification.
How does a vehicle get SmartWay certified?
EPA rates vehicles for GHG and smog-forming emissions on scales of 1 (worst) to 10 (best). To earn a SmartWay designation, a vehicle must receive a combined score (GHG rating + smog rating) that is significantly better than that of the average vehicle. SmartWay Elite is given to those vehicles that attain the highest scores on both scales. EPA updates the GHG and smog rating thresholds for each model year.
Visit EPA's SmartWay page for more information, including certification criteria for each model year.
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On September 14, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) lodged civil settlement and filed a corresponding complaint against Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (collectively “Daimler”) to resolve claims for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act covering diesel passenger vehicles sold in the United States from model year 2009 through 2016. Visit the Mercedes Violations page for details.
In 2016, the DOJ alleged violations of the Clean Air Act by Volkswagen (including Audi and Porsche) covering all of Volkswagen's 2.0L and 3.0L diesel vehicles sold in the United States from model year 2009 through 2016. Visit the Volkswagen Violations page for details. The SmartWay designation is grandfathered in for the affected vehicles.