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EPA's SmartWay Program

EPA’s SmartWay program is to cars and trucks what EnergyStar is to buildings and appliances. Each year, EPA rates every new car, truck, and SUV model for greenhouse gas and smog-forming emissions on scales of 1-10.

To earn the SmartWay designation, a vehicle must receive a combined score from both scales that is much better than the average vehicle. SmartWay Elite certification is given to only those vehicles that attain the highest scores on both scales. SmartWay Elite vehicles are the very best environmental performers.  Visit EPA and DOE’s website to learn more and search for a SmartWay vehicle.

To date, nine manufacturers have signed licensing agreements to use the “U.S. EPA certified SmartWay” logo to promote their certified vehicles. That means dealers who sell SmartWay vehicles can use the EPA The licensed manufacturers are Chrysler, Ford, GM, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Nissan, Smart and Subaru. Dealers with other franchises may suggest to their manufacturers that they apply to use the SmartWay mark. Contact your manufacturer for more information.

SmartWay is not just for new vehicles. Dealers are encouraged to promote their SmartWay used vehicles as well. They can be highlighted for shoppers by using SmartWay promotional materials. For a list of SmartWay-certified vehicles going back to model year 2000, visit For more information on SmartWay, visit

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