WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Green Car Journal has announced finalists for the magazine's prestigious 2017 Connected Green Car of the Year™, 2017 Luxury Green Car of the Year™, and 2017 Green SUV of the Year™ awards today at a press conference held at LA Auto Show's AutoMobility LA™, with finalist vehicles on display. Winners of the three awards will be announced on January 26 at The Washington Auto Show ® in Washington DC. Finalists for 2017 Connected Green Car of the Year™ include the Audi A3 e-tron, Honda Civic, Mercedes-Benz C350e, Tesla Model X, and Toyota Prius Prime. Each of these finalists offers advanced connectivity and driver assistance systems combined with admirable levels of environmental performance. Four are plug-in vehicles while one is powered by efficient gasoline internal combustion. In contention for 2017 Luxury Green Car of the Year™ are the 2017 Acura NSX, BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance, Jaguar XE 20d, Mercedes-Benz S550e, and Range Rover Td6. This diverse group of premium 'green' finalists includes plug-in, hybrid, and advanced diesel vehicles. Nominees for 2017 Green SUV of the Year™ include the BMW X5 xDrive40e iPerformance, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-9, Mercedes-Benz GLE550e, and Nissan Rogue Hybrid. Also a diverse group, these efficient SUV and crossover models achieve their efficiencies with plug-in, hybrid, and internal combustion power. "These exceptional models illustrate that 'green' cars come in all classes and configurations," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and GreenCarJournal.com. "Automakers continue to expand their efforts in designing and manufacturing more efficient and environmentally positive vehicles across the automotive spectrum. This is an important evolution from the early years of 'green' cars when models were primarily gasoline-electric hybrid and typically small sedans or hatchbacks." Presented annually at The Washington Auto Show, these Green Car Awards™ honor the best-of-the-best in the important premium, connected, and SUV/crossover categories. Of particular importance is that these finalists achieve their environmental leadership in their own way. Hybrid power continues to be an important strategy in achieving greater environmental compatibility, along with plug-in hybrid, battery electric, and advanced gasoline and diesel propulsion.