Toyota’s replacement for the Avalon sedan, the 2023 Crown has been named Green Car of the Year from Green Car Reports. The Crown, a hybrid sedan, beat out a number of products including the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Nissan Ariya and Volkswagen ID.4. The award is a validation of sorts for Toyota’s CEO Akio Toyoda, whose strategy for reducing CO2 has called for a mix of hybrids, plug-ins, EVs and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles has brought criticism from environmental groups for not migrating to an all-electric portfolio. “The Toyota Crown is a sophisticated hybrid sedan that champions high fuel economy, lower carbon emissions, and appealing style. It speaks to environment-conscious buyers who appreciate the seamless efficiencies that electrification can bring to their daily drives, without compromise,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal.