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Smog Rating Information

The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is encouraging consumers to consider cleaner cars when they purchase their next vehicle. Along the Wasatch Front, vehicles contribute over half of the emissions that form PM2.5. Choosing a cleaner car can help reduce these emissions and improve air quality.

Consumers wishing to reduce their emissions should ask the following questions when purchasing a car:

  • What are the cleanest vehicles available at the dealership?
  • What are the cleanest vehicles available for a given vehicle type (compact, midsize, SUV)?
  • How can I identify a vehicle’s Smog Rating?

DAQ has put together the following information to help consumers answer these questions.

New Cars

Look for the Smog Rating located on the right-hand-side of the EPA/DOT Fuel Economy and Environment window sticker to identify the cleanest vehicles. Cars with a Smog Rating of 8, 9, and 10 have the lowest tailpipe emissions and are good choices for keeping Utah’s air clean. You can learn even more about a vehicle’s environmental attributes by scanning the QR Code on the window sticker with your Smartphone.

EPA/DOT Fuel Economy and Environment Window Sticker

Fuel economy window sticker

Used Cars

Find the Smog Rating for used cars or cars that don’t have the above window sticker by locating the Vehicle Emission Control Information sticker on the underside of the hood. This sticker shows the vehicle’s emissions standard for EPA, California, or both.

Vehicle Emissions Control Information Sticker

Vehicle emissions control information sticker

Compare this standard to Smog Rating and Emissions Standards to determine the Smog Rating. Again, Smog Ratings of 8, 9, and 10 represent the cleanest vehicles.

Smog Rating and Emissions Standards

Smog RatingUS EPA Tier 2US EPA Tier 3California LEV IICalifornia LEV III
1 (Worst)ULEV & LEV II Large Trucks
2Bin 8 (T2B8)SULEV II Large Trucks
3Bin 7 (T2B7)
4Bin 6 (T2B6)LEV II Opt. 1
5Bin 5 (T2B5)Bin 160LEV IILEV 160
6Bin 4 (T2B4)Bin 125ULEV IIULEV 125
7Bin 3 (T2B3)Bin 70, Bin 50ULEV 70, ULEV 50
8Bin 2 (T2B2)Bin 30SULEV IISULEV 30
10 (Best)Bin 1 (T2B1)Bin 0ZEVZEV

Alternatively, visit the U.S. Department of Energy Fuel Economy Information page to find the vehicle in question. Select the Energy and Environment tab to identify the vehicle’s Smog Rating.

Consumers can also look at side-by-side comparisons of vehicles before heading to the showroom. Customers interested in finding the Smog Ratings for a range of vehicle makes and models can download the Green Vehicle Guide for the appropriate model year.

Some Models Have Been Certified For More Than One Smog Rating

For example, the 2013 Honda Civic is available with Smog Ratings ranging from 5 to 9. Those seeking to identify the cleanest vehicles should pay close attention to the 12-digit “Engine Family” or “Test Group ID” and the emissions standard certification level of the vehicle in question. This example also illustrates that many conventional, gasoline-powered vehicles are as clean as (or even cleaner than) some hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles. As indicated by the red boxes in the following example, the highest Smog Rating is available for all three models of the Honda Civic (natural gas, hybrid, and conventional gasoline-powered).

Example: 2013 Honda Civic

Screenshot: Honda Civic smog rating example

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