Since a bit over a decade now, hybrid cars have taken the world by storm. Not only do they save you money with higher mileage rates, but they also help you make the planet just a tad bit safer. At one point the overabundance of a certain popular Japanese hybrid car had gotten to the stage where people would joke about how half the traffic would consist of that particular car.
The hybrid car world has only grown since that time, and now the market is full of hybrid models from manufacturers from around the globe. Each manufacturer and their respective hybrid offerings in the automotive industry have something different they can boast about. Some proudly claim that their cars are the greenest in the world; saving the planet much more efficiently than other rival models on the market. Others boast of the extra savings owners of their car would have, or of how their model lasts the longest without needing a battery replacement. And yet others are confident that their hybrid cars can match any gas guzzler on the streets. Keeping all these factors in mind, what are the best hybrid cars in the world today? Let’s find out.
The Toyota Prius
We would hardly have a list of the best hybrid cars in the world worth our salt if we didn’t mention the Toyota Prius in it. This car has taken over the hybrid world and, for many people, is the image of a hybrid car. You can’t go a mile without at least spotting one Toyota Prius driving on the roads, and with good reason. The Toyota Prius combines comfort, looks, power, and fuel efficiency all in one sleek package.
Each iteration of this beloved model has only seen it improve in every category; with modern models boasting a staggering 100 km per an approximate five liters of gas. New York City in particular was quick to adopt the Prius V – a larger 7-seater version of the Prius – also known in some countries as the Prius Alpha to supplement its ever-growing fleet of cabs roaming the metropolis.
The Toyota Camry Hybrid
The Toyota Camry has been around forever, so it was only sensible that Toyota release a hybrid version of this popular model of car right around the time the Toyota Prius was exploding in popularity. As expected, the Camry’s transition to hybrid went quite smoothly, and it is now considered one of the top tier hybrid cars in the world. Positives for the Camry include a sportier look than a Prius, luxurious interiors, powerful drive, and a lengthy list of welcome safety features. A con however, would be that the Camry hybrid has a less impressive fuel economy when compared to the Prius.
The Honda Accord Hybrid
Moving on to the second most reliable Japanese car manufacturer in the world (hey statistics don’t lie) we have the Honda Accord Hybrid. The Honda Accord is another car that has been around for a long time, with many different models having seen release in all parts of the globe. Similar to the Toyota Camry, it seemed like a no-brainer to release a hybrid version of this beloved car.
The Honda Accord Hybrid brings to the table everything good about the regular Honda Accord and more. It handles exceptionally well, it has quite a lot of power under the hood, and it makes for an excellent family car. A long list of safety features is also, of course, present. And the mileage isn’t bad either, so all in all a very respectable choice if this car caught your eye.
The Ford Fusion Hybrid
If American car manufacturers are what do it for you, and the Chevrolet Bolt just isn’t your type because either because it’s all electric or because it’s too small, then perhaps the Ford Fusion Hybrid is the car for you. The first thing you’ll notice about the Ford Fusion Hybrid is that it has perhaps the sportiest look of all the cars listed thus far. And this sporty look might be the quality that tips you into buying this vehicle.
However, its looks aren’t the only thing the Ford Fusion Hybrid has going for it. If you want a hybrid but also really care about looks, the Ford Fusion has you covered sure. But it’s not too bad when it comes to mileage either. Though it does fall behind a bit when compared to its hybrid rivals, it does admittedly provide a very fun driving experience and also has a plug-in battery that might just tip the scales in its favor.
The Toyota Avalon Hybrid
For a pricier alternative to the Ford Fusion Hybrid, let’s go back to Toyota for a bit. The Toyota Avalon Hybrid, much like the Toyota Avalon, is a very good car. Period. It looks great not just on the outside, but also on the inside. Its interior can almost be compared to much more expensive cars on the market whose entire focus is on user luxury.
The Avalon Hybrid also has a lot of room inside, in the seating area as well as the trunk. This makes it quite the comfortable car to ride around in. On the negatives side however, the Avalon Hybrid does have a worse fuel economy than other hybrid cars on the market. So, if the Ford Fusion seemed great and you’ve the extra spending power, the Toyota Avalon Hybrid will be excellent for you. If fuel economy is a very big factor in your purchase decision, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is one of the most promising hybrid cars on the market. It combines almost every good feature listed in the vehicles above, and presents it all in a beautiful and very affordable package to you. Not only does the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid look absolutely stunning from all angles, its interior is also quite the looker.
It has spacious interior space not just in the seating cabin, but also in the trunk. It has a good engine and battery under the hood, allowing for quick acceleration and impressive top speeds. And it has a very nice mileage rating, allowing you to get the most out of this car in the least amount of money spent possible. It really does seem to be the best hybrid car on the market at least for this year when you round everything up. Is it the most spacious? No. Is it the safest? Nope. Is it the quickest? Also a no. But by golly if isn’t the best average of all of those qualities.
And that wraps up this list of the best hybrid cars in the world. There are of course, plenty of other offerings on the market available right now. But we feel that these listed vehicles without a doubt represent the top of the line when it comes to gas and electric efficiency in cars. We’ve got other fun lists like this too if you want to check them out. Why not start with either the best Nissan SUVs of all time or the top 10 greatest cars ever made?