Chevy Mailbu and Volvo XC90 Hybrids, and Honda HR-V Win Green Car Awards

The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid has been named the 2016 Connected Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal. It's joined by the Honda HR-V and Volvo XC90 T8 as the environmental-oriented magazine's Green SUV and Luxury Green Car of the Year, respectively.

The winners were announced this week at the Washington, D.C., auto show. In addition to fuel economy and other environmentally friendly characteristics, vehicles were judged on safety, quality, functionality, performance and value.

The all-new Malibu Hybrid edged out the Audi A3 e-tron, BMW 330e and Toyota Prius for its award. Using a hybrid drivetrain derived from the latest generation Chevy Volt, the Malibu has an estimated city/highway combined fuel efficiency of 47 mpg.

The Honda HR-V compact crossover gets an estimated 35 mpg on the highway with its 1.8-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine. Other finalists in the category were the BMW X1 xDrive 28i, Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-3 and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

Volvo's all-new XC90 T8 the industry's first 7-seat plug-in hybrid SUV teams a super/turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with a rear-axle electric motor powered by lithium-ion batteries to provide a 17-mile electric driving range. The XC90 beat out the BMW X5 xDrive40e, Lexus RX 450h, Mercedes-Benz C350e and Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid for the title.