(Denise Tolliver)

“It rates a nine out of 10 on the EPA green scale. It has European handing; it’s [United Auto Workers]-made,” Mendelson said Thursday, explaining his decision. There is some domestic dissension with the choice, however: “My daughter announced last night she didn’t like the car because of the exterior color,” he said. She wanted a lighter shade of blue.

Now in contention for the D.C. Council’s homeliest ride: Jack Evans’s 2004 Chysler Sebring convertible.