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There's a hybrid car out there to suit almost every driver on the road today. From sleek designs to streamlined features, hybrid cars are now just as powerful as they are eye-catching. You can expect smooth, quiet rides from these leading hybrids, along with plenty of standard features, making these models worth getting revved up about.

Now is a great time to check out some of the best hybrid cars we have to offer. And, with the high-demand for hybrid vehicles on our lots, we've expanded our list of 10 to 15 of our best-sellers. Using our vehicle sales data from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019, here's a list of the 15 best hybrid cars for 2019 at CarMax.

  1. Honda Civic Hybrid
  2. Honda CR-Z
  3. Toyota Avalon Hybrid
  4. Toyota Prius Plug In Hybrid
  5. Honda Accord Hybrid
  6. Toyota Prius V
  7. Toyota Camry Hybrid
  8. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  9. Kia Optima Hybrid
  10. Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
  11. Toyota Prius C
  12. Ford Fusion Energi
  13. Chevrolet Volt
  14. Ford Fusion Hybrid
  15. Toyota Prius


Honda Civic Hybrid

Discontinued after the 2015 model year, the compact Honda Civic Hybrid continues to be a popular car on our lots. Few vehicles blend the practicality of a hybrid powertrain with features that make the Civic lineup. The 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid is powered by a standard 1.5L four-cylinder gas engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. The EPA gives the 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid an estimated fuel economy of 45 mpg combined.1 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid standard equipment includes:

  • 60/40-split-folding rear seat
  • Right-side blind-spot camera
  • Automatic headlights


Honda CR-Z

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Known as a sport hybrid, the Honda CR-Z hybrid was discontinued after the 2016 model year. It's a nice alternative if you're looking to combine hybrid technology with expressive and sporty styling. The 2016 CR-Z is powered by a 1.5L four-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor, mated to a manual transmission. The 2016 CR-Z with the 1.5L engine gets an EPA-estimated 37 mpg combined.1 2016 Honda CR-Z standard equipment includes:

  • Automatic climate control
  • Rearview camera
  • Six-speaker sound system


Toyota Avalon Hybrid

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With style, room, and tech substance, the Toyota Avalon Hybrid sports many exciting features. This is a smooth-riding, tech-laden, stylish large sedan that also features an admirable EPA-estimated fuel-economy of 40 mpg combined in the 2017 model with its standard 2.5L engine.1 That same engine allows the 2017 model to boast a total output of 200 hp. Trims include the XLE Plus, XLE Premium, and Limited model. For a newer model like the 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid, you’ll expect the following standard equipment:

  • Bluetooth®
  • Nine-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay ®
  • Five USB ports


Toyota Prius Plug In Hybrid

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Known as the Toyota Prius Prime in the U.S., Toyota's plug-in hybrid has been among the top hybrids available since its debut in 2012. For the 2017 model year, the Prius Prime is in its second generation (2017 to present) and stays true to the mission of offering a hybrid experience in a stylish and practical vehicle. Looking for a newer model? The 2019 Toyota Prius Prime standard equipment includes:

  • Front and rear cupholders
  • Leatherette steering wheel
  • Interior air filtration


Honda Accord Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Honda Accord Hybrid | CarMax

Take one of the world's most popular midsize sedans and add hybrid technology. What you get is a comfortable vehicle, ready for the day-to-day and those long highway commutes. The EPA-estimated fuel economy on the 2017 Accord Hybrid with the 2.0L engine is a combined 48 mpg.1 You’ll also enjoy the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid model, that offers the following standard equipment:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Four-way manual front passenger seat adjustment
  • Split-folding rear seats


Toyota Prius V

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Prius V | CarMax

“V" stands for versatility, and that's exactly what the Toyota Prius v offers. Discontinued after 2017, This hybrid provides cargo space for stowing your kids' sports equipment, packing for family vacations, and handling those large grocery runs.

All of that is possible with the capability of a hybrid powertrain. The 2017 model year is powered by a 1.8L engine with two electric motors outputting 134 hp. Sending that power to the front wheels is a CVT. The 2017 Prius with a 1.8L engine gets an EPA-estimated EPA-estimated fuel economy for this 2017 set up with the 1.8L engine is a combined 41 mpg.1 2017 Toyota Prius v standard equipment includes:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Keyless entry
  • Automatic climate control


Toyota Camry Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Camry Hybrid | CarMax

If you're looking for a little more pep in your hybrid vehicle, look at the Toyota Camry Hybrid—a capable option that makes the most of the electric motor's instant torque and includes the other benefits of a midsize sedan. Powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder hybrid engine (with CVT), the 2017 Camry Hybrid gets 200 hp and an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 40 mpg combined.1 The 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid is available in three trims: LE, SE, and XLE. 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid standard equipment includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Keyless ignition
  • Leather and simulated alloy steering wheel


Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid | CarMax

The Sonata looks long and low-slung, a cool hybrid sedan that seats five passengers in plenty of comfort and style—perfect for the next great adventure. The 2017 Sonata Hybrid keeps pace with a blend of style, features, and function. This vehicle starts with a 2.0L hybrid engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The combined power rating is 193 hp, with an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 42 mpg combined.1 The 2017 Sonata Hybrid is available in SE and Limited trim levels. A newer model, like the 2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid offers the following standard features:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Bluetooth
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™ compatibility.


Kia Optima Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Kia Optima Hybrid | CarMax

Featuring the same look and feel as a traditional Kia sedan, this hybrid presents an attractive option if you're sedan shopping. The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid has a 2.0L hybrid engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The combined power rating is 192 hp, with an EPA-estimated of 42 mpg combined .1 Available trims for the 2017 model year include the Premium and EX. The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid model offers the following standard features:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Eight-inch touchscreen with navigation
  • Leather seat trim


Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Lincoln MKZ Hybrid | CarMax

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid turns heads. Built with style in mind, this entry-level midsize luxury sedan also gets noticed for its comfortable interior and hybrid capability. In fact, it's among the best examples of hybrid technology in the luxury space. Performance-wise, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid offers a smooth 2.0L four-cylinder engine mated to a CVT and adds an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery as well. Fuel mileage with this engine is estimated by the EPA to deliver 40 mpg combined.1 A newer model like the 2019 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid offers the following standard equipment:

  • Front seatback storage
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Keyless ignition


Toyota Prius C

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Prius C | CarMax

The smallest Prius hybrid offers everything green-minded drivers could ask for, all in a sleek package. And while Toyota discontinued the Prius c after the 2019 model year, there are still plenty to choose from as the Prius c was originally launched for the 2012 model year.

The 2017 model boasts a powertrain that features a 1.5L four-cylinder engine and CVT. Total output reaches 99 hp. The 2017 Prius c gets an EPA-estimated 46 mpg combined.1 If you decide to go up a year, the 2018 Toyota Prius c standard equipment includes:

  • USB connection
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Speed-sensitive volume control


Ford Fusion Energi

Best Hybrid Cars: Ford Fusion Energi | CarMax

The Ford Fusion Energi should top your list if you are looking for a practical commuter car with the style that turns heads. The Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid is full of power. The 2017 model delivers a combined output of 188 hp and an EPA-estimated 38 mpg combined.1 For those looking for a newer model, the 2019 Ford Fusion Energi includes the following standard equipment:

  • USB connection
  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror


Chevrolet Volt

Best Hybrid Cars: Chevrolet Volt | CarMax

The Chevrolet Volt is a hatchback plug-in hybrid that is designed to on electricity until charge drops enough for the gas engine to kick in.The Volt is one of the most notable hybrids to be launched over the last 10 years and this vehicle doesn't disappoint. Power-wise, the 2017 Chevy Volt sports a standard 1.5L four-cylinder engine that makes 101 hp. Adding in two motor generators and a lithium-ion battery pack boosts power output to 149 hp. 2017-2019 Chevrolet Volt standard equipment includes:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Remote start
  • Eight-inch touchscreen
  • Automatic emergency braking


Ford Fusion Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Ford Fusion Hybrid | CarMax

The Ford Fusion Hybrid offers a sporty and stylish vehicle that's built to go the distance. This hybrid car's 188 hp 2.0L four-cylinder engine has plenty of get up and go and its powerful electric motor kicks in effortlessly. The EPA-estimated fuel economy is 42 mpg combined.1 2017-2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid standard equipment includes:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Active noise control
  • Keyless entry
  • Rearview camera
  • 9-speaker audio system
  • Two 4.2-inch LCD displays


Toyota Prius

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Prius | CarMax

All this talk of hybrid cars began with the Toyota Prius, and it's at the top of our list for good reason. The Prius offers something for everyone— proactive and cutting-edge design, and good old-fashioned common sense to its hatchback body style. You'll have space for your friends and belongings as well. Of course, it's the powertrain that makes the real difference, and the 2017 Prius works hard to meet your needs. The 2017 Prius Two Eco gets an EPA-estimated 56 combined mpg.1If you go up a year, the 2018 Toyota Prius standard equipment includes:

  • 4.2-inch driver information display
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Rearview camera
  • 6.1-inch touchscreen

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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