The best hybrid cars sip fuel and move you in style.
Hybrids are growing in popularity, particularly among green-conscious drivers.
The popularity of these vehicles means you'd be hard pressed to find a manufacturer that doesn’t have a hybrid on the road for your consideration, which offers you a lot of choices. This is where CarMax can assist.
If you're shopping for a car and want one that can help you conserve fuel, a hybrid — a car that’s driven by both an internal combustion engine and a battery-powered electric motor — is a great option.
Since 2001, CarMax has sold close to 100,000 used hybrids and electric vehicles across the country. Using our 2017 sales data, we have compiled this list of some of the best hybrid cars you can find in the used car marketplace for 2018.
The 2013 Toyota Prius Two is a popular Toyota hybrid that combines the benefits of a hybrid with a car that’s quite enjoyable to drive. This particular Prius comes standard with 15-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition and entry, cruise control, a telescoping steering wheel, and heated side mirrors with power adjustment. It also boasts Bluetooth® phone and audio connectivity for hands-free phone usage, and a touch-screen interface for your electronics. Its interior is surprisingly roomy for a sedan. The rear seat splits 60/40, and folds down to boost cargo capacity to 39.6 cubic feet. This means plenty of room for your groceries or golf clubs.
The 2013 Toyota Prius Two also features quite a bit of power for a hybrid, 134 hp to be exact, with plenty of torque. Fuel economy for the 2013 Toyota Prius Two 1.8L (with automatic transmission) is an estimated 49 mpg in the city,1 which is impressive for a modern sedan.
The 2014 Toyota Prius Three is a well-rounded hybrid with a 1.8L, four-cylinder engine that boasts an estimated fuel economy of 48 mpg in the city, 46 mpg on the highway.1 This five-passenger, four-door vehicle is known for a spacious interior with ample cargo space. The 2014 Toyota Prius Three is popular because of its rearview camera, navigation system, enhanced keyless entry, voice controls, and Bluetooth connectivity, all of which make driving the vehicle more enjoyable. The six-speaker sound system comes with an auxiliary audio jack and USB audio interface, so you can easily plug in your favorite music.
The gas engine works in tandem with two electric motors to create a total output of 134 horsepower. The car comes equipped with Safety Connect®, which is Toyota’s emergency communication and roadside assistance system that can be activated with a subscription.
Lexus revised the exterior styling of its Lexus CT in 2014, and the resulting 2014 Lexus CT 200H got a new, fixed-screen navigation system, newly-designed 17-inch wheels and a leather-wrapped gearshift knob. The four-door hatchback's base model also features LED daytime running lights and fog lights for enhanced visibility. The cabin styling was noticeably improved with this model, to give it an upscale look. With the base model, you'll find a number of features designed for your comfort, like split-folding rear seats, leatherette upholstery, and an eight-way, powered driver seat with power lumbar support. The interior also has more room for passengers than you might think when you first look at its compact design.
The 2014 Lexus CT 200H is known to be particularly well-equipped for city driving. Its good handling and compact size make it easy to park, and the 1.8L engine (with automatic, continuously-various gearbox transmission) delivers an estimated 43 city/40 hwy mpg.1 It generates 134 hp.
Hyundai took its popular Sonata and plugged in a hybrid powertrain to create the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited. This particular hybrid car is popular because of its long list of included features on the standard model, as well as its impressive in-cabin technology to make it simpler to drive.
The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited Automatic's 2.4L engine produces an estimated 35 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, which makes it popular with drivers looking for a car to drive around town. 1 The transitions between gas and electric power are smooth because of an improved computer-controlled clutch, and a smaller battery pack means the trunk space is larger than previous versions of this vehicle at 12.1-cubic feet, giving you room to stash your briefcase or your kid's soccer bag.
The 2015 Lexus CT 200H is an impressive little hybrid, so it's no wonder it’s on our list of the best hybrid cars. It's a five-door hatchback with a powertrain that’s similar to the Toyota hybrid models. In 2015, the hybrid got a new Siri® Eyes-Free mode and an upgrade to Lexus's Enform® App Suite. Drivers appreciate the comfortable driving setup, with important features within easy reach and a HomeLink® garage door opening system. You can even get HD radio and real-time traffic and weather from the multimedia system. It's also quite maneuverable and comfortable to drive, with a quiet interior.
With the 2015 Lexus CT 200H ’s 1.8L engine and automatic transmission, you can expect to receive an estimated 43 city/40 hwy mpg.1 The engine generates 134 horsepower and accelerates from zero to 60 in 9.8 seconds. If you're looking for the prestige of a Lexus and the fuel economy that’s possible with a hybrid, this particular vehicle fits the bill.
Toyota holds the distinction of giving us the first mass-produced hybrid, and when they introduced the 2014 Toyota Prius Two, they delivered some new features that made the Prius even more appealing. Features like variable intermittent wipers, a touch-screen audio system, keyless entry, and push-button start. All trims of the 2014 Prius, including the Two, come with iPod®, USB, and Bluetooth connectivity options.
This hybrid’s tech specs are what you’d expect from a Prius. The 2014 Toyota Prius Two gives you a 1.8L, four-cylinder engine, a continuously-variable transmission, an output of 134 hp, and an estimated 49 mpg in the city with 46 mpg on the highway.1 It's a smooth-handling, quiet vehicle that makes an excellent commuter option for the green-conscious driver. The 21.5 cubic feet of cargo space nearly doubles to 39.6 cubic feet when the 60/40 split rear seats are folded down, so you can stash quite a bit of stuff in this Prius despite its compact size.
The 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid has the classic Lincoln look — prestigious and elegant — that help it to stand out from some of the other hybrids on this list. With three different powertrain options, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid gives drivers quite a few options.
The 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid’s 2.0L engine and automatic transmission make an estimated 38 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway1, which makes it a solid choice for drivers who want to go a little more green with their driving. The MKZ Hybrid comes standard with impressive 18-inch wheels, adaptive headlights, and cruise control. It keeps passengers comfortable with dual-zone climate control, leather seats, heated front seats, and adjustable front seats with driver-side memory. It's also tech-heavy, with the MyLincoln Touch® interface and a touch screen display complete with SYNC voice-command. Choosing an MKZ Hybrid with a Technology Package gives you lane departure warning, automatic parallel parking system, and wipers that sense the rain, which add even more convenience to this already-comfortable vehicle.
In 2015, the Toyota Prius hybrid got a new trim, and a rearview camera as standard equipment. The Prius Two seats up to five people, and has a lot of space for a compact sedan. With rear seatbacks that fold 60/40, the 2015 Prius Two can easily transport many of your latest hardware store hauls, and the trunk measures 21.6 cubic feet when the back seats are in their upright positions. This means you can easily head to the airport with four adults and luggage in tow in the 2015 Prius, without having to hold a suitcase in your lap.
The 2015 Toyota Prius Two is popular in large part because of its fuel economy — an estimated 50 city/46 mpg hwy mpg.1 Add to this the 1.8L engine’s ability to generate 134 horsepower and a zero-to-60 time of just under 10 seconds, and you can see why this remains one of our best hybrid cars for 2018 shoppers.
Whether you’re looking for a luxury hybrid or something that's easier on your wallet, you’ll find that this list of our eight best hybrid cars is a great place to start your search. With any of the cars on this list, you can enjoy the benefits of a hybrid with ample power and a comfortable drive to boot.
For more information about hybrids and the best hybrid cars for 2018 buyers, check out these resources:
- Best Hybrid SUVs
- 2017 Hybrid/EV Survey Results
- Hybrids/EVs: Greener Trends in the Used-Car Market
- Best Electric Cars of 2017
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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