Hybrid vehicles are getting more and more popular, there’s no question about it. It’s not really because of the gas prices that are continually on the rise, but for the technology fitted under the bonnet and many other features that make the regular vehicles look like antiques. Today’s hybrids also come with brilliant performance features like the combination of an electric motor (one or more) and an internal combustion engine.
However, don’t confuse hybrid vehicles with electric ones. Electric cars are run 100% by an electricity power source while hybrids may be eligible for tax credits which help bring the price down.
1. Toyota Prius c – Base Price: $18,950 – 50mpg Avg.
The Prius c has a 1.5L 4-cylinder hybrid engine with a price tag way below the competition. Available in four trims, not only does the Prius provide exceptional technology, it also gives you confidence and comfort when driving.
2. Lexus CT 200h – Base Price: $29,120 – 40mpg Avg.
The CT 200h has a 11.9 gallon fuel tank and a 1.8L 4-cylinder hybrid engine that produces 134 HP. This offering from Lexus for the hybrid market is a 4-door luxury hatchback that comes at an attractive price. It has sporty handling and a very impressive fuel economy. The cabin is driver friendly and comes with excellent ergonomic styling.
3. Honda Civic Hybrid – Base Price: $24,050 – 44mpg Avg.
The Civic Hybrid has a 1.5L 4-cylinder hybrid engine that generates 110 HP. The Civic Hybrid continues to be competitive in the compact category. Not only does this Honda Civic give you good fuel economy, it gives you a comfortable ride as well. The 4-door has been given a coupe body style in addition to the spacious interior.
4. Honda Insight – Base Price: $18,500 – 42mpg Avg.
The Insight has a 10.6 gallon fuel tank and a 1.3L 4-cylinder hybrid engine outputs 98 HP. The Insight is available in 4 trims that include the base model, the LX, EX, and the EX w/ navigation. This 4-door hatchback is low-priced for a hybrid. Some have complained about certain features on the Insight.
5. Toyota Camry Hybrid – Base Price: $25,900 – 41 Avg.
The Camry Hybrid has a 2.5L 4-cylinder hybrid engine produces 200 HP. It not only gives you great fuel economy, but add to that quick acceleration, attractive easy to use high tech features, and great safety scores. The XLE trim comes with backup a camera and HomeLink universal transceiver; the acceleration moves this hybrid from 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds, which is not bad at all for a hybrid.
6. Chevrolet Volt Electric – Base Price: $39,145. (94Kw Avg.)
The Volt is a electric/hybrid car with a 9.3 gallon fuel tank and a 1.4L 4-cylinder hybrid engine that churns out 83 HP. The aforementioned engine is linked with an electric motor that creates 149 HP and 273 lb-ft of torque. Seen as the most fuel efficient hybrid in the market these days, the Chevy Volt is the most expensive car in its class but in the end, monthly fuel expenses will go down.
7. Ford Fusion Hybrid – Base Price: $28,775 – 39mpg Avg.
The Fusion Hybrid comes with a 2.5L Atkinson 4-cylinder hybrid engine. Described to be a mid-sized family sedan, the Fusion Hybrid gives you a comfortable ride and spacious interior. This hybrid from Ford gives you good fuel economy and a gauge cluster specific to this model. An E-CVT transmission works together with the hybrid Atkinson engine.
8. Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – Base Price: $34,755 – 39mpg Avg.
The MKZ Hybrid packs a 2.5L 4-cylinder hybrid DOHC engine that produces 156 HP. The starting price of the MKZ Hybrid is the same as the MKZ’s gas model. The difference begins there. The instrument panel comes with the SmartGauge TM that helps you drive the vehicle with greater efficiency. You get all that along with the interior luxury that Lincolns have been known for.
9. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – Base Price: $25,850 – 37mpg Avg.
The Sonata Hybrid features a 2.4L 4-cylinder hybrid engine that outputs a total of 206 HP. The interior of the ride offers a comfortable ride to complement its good looks and furthermore Hyundai also gives out a lengthy warranty. The South Korean Automaker is currently enhance the powertrain.
10. Kia Optima Hybrid – Base Price: $25,700 – 36mpg Avg.
The Optima Hybrid has been fitted with a 17.2 gallon fuel tank that powers up a 2.4L 4-cylinder full parallel hybrid engine that produces 206 HP. This hybrid from Kia can sprint from 0 to 100km/h (62 mph) in 8.6 seconds which is pretty fast for a hybrid. The vehicle also packs other options like the Microsoft powered Infotainment System, Infinity/Sirius XM audio system, and a rear camera display.