Hybrid Vehicles

The Top 12 Hybrid Cars On The Market Today

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Hybrid cars are growing in popularity with consumers who are both conscious of the environment and fuel costs. Automakers are responding to the increased demand for hybrid vehicles by manufacturing a growing number of cars that run on a combination of a gasoline engine and an electric motor. And hybrid cars have come a long way in the past few years, improving in terms of fuel efficiency, battery life, appearance and performance. With this in mind, here is a look at the top 12 hybrid vehicles currently on the market.

12. Toyota Prius Plug-In

The Toyota Prius was one of the first hybrid cars on the market, and the vehicle continues to evolve and perform well. The Toyota Prius Plug-In gets great fuel economy, and remains one of the top vehicles in terms of low fuel consumption. It is also one of the more affordable hybrid vehicles at a price tag of about $30,000. However, the vehicle has a shorter electric-only driving range than rival hybrid cars, and automotive magazines that have test driven the car say it has poor handling. Nevertheless, the Prius is a familiar name in the hybrid class and comes from one of the top auto makers in the world.

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11. Ford Focus Electric

At a similar price point as the Prius Plug-In, the Ford Focus Electric is distinguished by an impressive, upscale interior and agile handling. The car also gets 110/99 miles per gallon and can travel 76 miles on a fully charged battery. But, the Ford Focus Electric also has difficulty accelerating to highway speeds, and has been criticized for being less maneuverable than the gas-only Focus. Also, the vehicle reportedly has a confusing infotainment system and reduced cargo capacity. Still, the Ford Focus Electric has earned top marks for having accurate steering, being a comfortable ride and having exceptionally smooth braking.

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10. Honda Civic Hybrid

Costing about $25,000, the Honda Civic Hybrid has won the “Best Price” award for a hybrid car from U.S. News & World Report magazine. With a four-cylinder engine, electric motor and automatic transmission, the Honda Civic Hybrid gets excellent fuel economy and has been praised for being a comfortable ride. In terms of criticisms, some reviewers note that the car doesn’t have much cornering grip and its brakes make it tricky to bring the vehicle to a stop smoothly. Reviewers have also knocked this car for having sluggish acceleration—a common complaint among hybrid cars.

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9. Kia Optima Hybrid

This hybrid car has a four-cylinder engine, electric motor and six-speed automatic transmission. It also boasts a luxurious and roomy interior. However, at 36/40 miles per gallon of city/highway driving, the Kia Optima Hybrid’s fuel economy is low compared to what its midsize competitors get. Many test drivers have expressed disappointed with the Kia Optima Hybrid’s powertrain, saying it lacks power, has jarring transitions between power sources, and that there is a delay of power from a stop. On the other hand, some critics think the transition between gas and electric power is smooth and they think the Kia Optima Hybrid has plenty of power. Furthermore, this car has been praised for being a comfortable ride, and having sporty handling, accurate steering and brakes that feel similar to those on a non-hybrid car.

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8. Nissan Leaf

The new 2016 version of the Nissan Leaf has impressed reviewers with its roomy interior, improved handling, and a new battery that can dramatically extend the car’s range. In fact, the new battery provides a driving range of 107 miles on a single charge—putting it near the top of its class. Responsive steering and brakes have also earned this vehicle top marks. The interior of the 2016 Nissan Leaf has won awards for its attractive and modern presentation. Cargo space is decent for an electric vehicle, and standard features include Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, push-button start, automatic climate control, heated front seats, a rear view camera and a new “Nissan Connect” infotainment system with a five inch display and smartphone app integration, which allows for hands-free texting. Not surprising that this car costs a little bit more than most hybrids at about $35,000.

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7. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai is aiming for a more upscale hybrid vehicle with its Sonata Hybrid. The car sports a beautiful interior with spacious seats in both the front and rear. The trunk space in the Sonata Hybrid is also ample for a midsize car. Standard features include Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a USB port, a touch screen control panel, push-button start, a hands-free smart trunk and a rear view camera. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, forward collision warning, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and a blind spot monitoring system. Unfortunately, the Sonata Hybrid gets 39/43 miles per gallon of city/highway driving, which is underwhelming for a hybrid car.

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6. Ford Fusion Energi

Another impressive hybrid car from Ford, the Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid vehicle that is distinguished by the fact that it can operate solely on electric power. And the electric-only ride has been given high marks for its power, acceleration and speed. The four cylinder gasoline engine also helps to recharge the battery when it is depleted. The range for the electric-only mode on this car is approximately 20 miles. The knock on the Ford Fusion Energi is with its gasoline engine, which gets 40/36 miles per gallon of city/highway driving, which is worse than the fuel economy of many conventional hybrid cars. This vehicle has also been criticized for having a small trunk and brakes that are touchy at times. Nevertheless, the Fusion Energi is about as close to a pure electric car as people can find today.

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5. Lexus RX Hybrid

If a luxury hybrid vehicle is more your thing, then you should consider the Lexus RX Hybrid. This sport utility vehicle (SUV) features a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 450 horse power. The electric motor paired with an automatic transmission makes for a smooth and quiet ride. And the Lexus RX Hybrid has been given excellent reviews for its fuel economy—getting a best in class 30/28 miles per gallon of city/highway driving, which is terrific for a luxury SUV. Test drivers report that the vehicle handles well, although it is less nimble than some similar SUVs. As expected with a Lexus, the interior of this hybrid SUV is gorgeous and boasts standard features such as automatic dual-zone climate control, a power moon roof, the Lexus Enform App suite, a 12-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a rear view camera, blind spot monitoring and an infotainment system with Lexus’ Remote Touch controller, voice recognition, Bluetooth and an eight inch touch screen control panel. Note the price, though, at approximately $55,000.

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4. Toyota Camry Hybrid

The Toyota Camry Hybrid wins top marks for having a plush and roomy cabin, a comfortable ride and an intuitive infotainment system. If comfort is your top priority, this is the hybrid car for you. The transition between gas and electric power is also reported to be exceptionally smooth, and the fuel economy is considered fairly good for a hybrid car at 43/39 miles per gallon of city/highway driving. Quiet and comfortable test drives have critics singing the praise of this car. The only complaint appears to be with the brakes, which some critics have noted can be touchy.

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3. Honda CR-Z

The Honda CR-Z hybrid has been praised for having swift acceleration from its four-cylinder engine and electric motor. The standard six-speed manual transmission is also fun to use, according to test drivers. But not to worry, an automatic transmission is also available for this car. And the Honda CR-Z gets 36/39 miles per gallon of city/highway driving, which is good for a subcompact car. Responsive steering, strong brakes and sharp handling make this a popular selection among automotive magazines and critics. The interior is modern and has user-friendly controls. However, this car is a two seater only and does not have ample room inside it, or in the trunk. Rear window visibility has also been criticized as insufficient. However, at a starting price under $20,000, this is one of the most affordable hybrid vehicles.

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2. Chevrolet Volt

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt has been almost completely redesigned, and the changes have won over automotive critics across North America. This is another car that is a plug-in hybrid and can operate on electric power alone and charge from an outlet. It also has a four-cylinder gasoline engine that helps propel the car and charge the battery. Reviewers say the Chevrolet Volt’s two electric motors provide plenty of power for driving around town and on the freeway. The new Volt also has an all-electric range of 53 miles, which is better than the range of most other plug-in hybrids. When running on gasoline power, the Volt gets 43/42 miles per gallon of city/highway driving, which is excellent for a plug-in hybrid car. The vehicle has also been praised for its agile handling, sharp steering and strong brakes. The interior is also much improved and the engine is much quieter than in previous models of the Chevrolet Volt. The only criticism of this hybrid car appears to be with the cargo space, which is limited.

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1. Honda Accord Hybrid

The consensus agreement is that the Honda Accord Hybrid is the top car of its kind available today. Featuring a four-cylinder engine and electric motor that test drivers report delivers rapid and smooth acceleration and great power for a midsized hybrid. They also indicate that power in the car is maximized by the efficient automatic transmission. Plus, the fuel economy in the Honda Accord Hybrid is outstanding at 50/45 miles per gallon of city/highway driving. The Honda Accord Hybrid is also known to be an extremely comfortable ride, and some write that it handles with more poise than most people would expect. Steering has been reviewed as accurate and well-weighted. And the interior of the car is attractive, roomy and uses top-notch materials. Visibility from the front seats is great, as is the leg room in the back. Standard features include Bluetooth, a rear view camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB input, an eight inch infotainment screen, Pandora internet radio compatibility, hands-free text messaging and a passenger side blind spot camera. All-and-all, an excellent choice for anyone searching for a hybrid car.

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Jack Sackman

Jack Sackman

Jack Sackman has been writing about movies and TV for Goliath since 2013.