The Lexus NX 300h is one of five SUVs nominated for Green Car Journal’s first ever Green SUV Award (Photo courtesy of Lexus)

Think about an eco-friendly car, and an image of a small hybrid or electric sedan probably comes to mind – perhaps something along the lines of a Toyota Prius or a Chevrolet Volt.

Luxury vehicle? Doubt it. Sport utility vehicle? Not likely.

Some automakers are trying to change that perception.

This week at the Washington Auto Show, Green Car Journal will hand out hardware not only for its annual Green Car Technology Award, but for the first time, two additional awards for a Luxury Green Car of the Year and Green SUV of the Year. The expansion of the awards program comes in response to heightened efforts by carmakers to make more sustainable vehicles available in all shapes and sizes, according to the publication.

“Automakers are stepping up to meet the challenge of offering increasingly efficient, environmentally positive vehicles in all classes of vehicles,” Ron Cogan, Green Car Journal’s editor and publisher, said in a statement announcing the finalists.

Here’s a look at the potential recipients for each new award. Don’t forget to check back for the winners on Thursday.

Green SUV Award nominees

Honda CR-V


Photo courtesy of Honda

Engine: Gas

MSRP: $25,575

Mileage: 33 mpg

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell


Photo courtesy of Hyundai

Engine: Hydrogen fuel cell

MSRP: $50,875

Mileage: 51 mpge (miles per gallon-equivalent)

Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel


Photo courtesy of Jeep

Engine: Diesel

MSRP: $41,290

Mileage: 28 mpg

Lexus NX 300h


Photo courtesy of Lexus

Engine: Hybrid

MSRP: $40,645

Mileage: 35 mpg

Mazda CX-5


Photo courtesy of Mazda

Engine: Gas

MSRP: $31,625

Mileage: 30

Luxury Green Car Award nominees

Audi A8 TDI


Photo courtesy of Audi

Engine: Diesel

MSRP: $81,400

HWY Mileage: 29

BMW i8


Photo courtesy of BMW

Engine: Plug-in hybrid

MSRP: $136,625

Mileage: 78 mpge

Cadillac ELR


Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Engine: Plug-in hybrid

MSRP: $75,995

Mileage: 82 mpge

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid


Photo courtesy of Porsche

Engine: Plug-in hybrid

MSRP: $99,975

Mileage: 50 mpge

Tesla Model S


Photo courtesy of Tesla

Engine: Electric

MSRP: $70,890

Mileage: 94 mpge

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