2019 ASG AWARDS: Best All-Around Performance and Best Environmental Performance in the Crossover segment.
NOTEWORTHY ASG FINDING: Holds the smallest life-cycle carbon footprint in its class at 309 grams CO2-e per mile driven lifetime, and 32% less CO2-e emissions over the first 6.5 years in its life-cycle, as compared to the average crossover in its class.
ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE RATING: 100
ASG’s annual study found the all-new RAV4 Hybrid to hold the smallest environmental footprint in the crossover segment, earning the distinguished Best Environmental Performance Award. ASG found the RAV4 Hybrid to produce 32% less CO2-e emissions over the first 6.5 years in its life-cycle, as compared to the average crossover in its class. Further, the RAV4 Hybrid's impressive 40 MPG (city/hwy combined) sets a new industry standard for crossover performance, crushing the average 25 MPG (city/hwy combined) for the segment. In ASG all-around performance assessment - the combined environmental, social and economic performance analysis - the RAV4 Hybrid furthered its winnings with ASG's Best All-Around Performance Award as ASG's top selection in the crossover segment for 2019. Again, RAV4 Hybrid's industry leading fuel economy not only elevates its environmental performance, but also significantly reduces fuel costs, saving an estimated $5,600 in fuel costs over the first 6.5 years of operation, as compared to the average crossover in the segment.
The Automotive Performance Index (API) applies statistical methods to demonstrate each vehicle rating in relative comparison. For example, the vehicle that performs highest in environment performance in a given class obtains a rating score of 100. Each vehicle in its class is then compared relative to the top-performing vehicle with a rating score reflecting the statistical difference in performance outcomes. A score of 91 translates to a 9% environmental performance deficit as compared to the top-performing vehicle.
Due to the API’s relative vehicle rating method, vehicle class divisions were identified as a critical input - these class divisions are detailed here.
While the Automotive Performance Index is indeed an exhaustive list of vehicles to trim level detail, with each vehicle assessment reporting over 200 unique data outputs (the culmination of thousands of data inputs), ASG has taken additional measures to ease the burden of sorting through all data points and all vehicle assessments. We have developed key performance categories and sorted all vehicles in each class according to Environmental Performance, Social Performance, Economic Performance and All-Around Performance. The vehicle in each class with the best score in each unique category is named the performance award winner (i.e. Best Environmental Performance Award winner). The vehicle in each class that scores highest combined scores in Environmental Performance, Social Performance and Economic Performance is named the ASG Best All-Around Performance Award winner.
One step further, we also name the Best 5 All-Around Performance Award winners in each class to provide consumers with a concise product comparison guide.