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Best Hybrid Cars | CarMax

Enjoy an eco-conscious lifestyle? Get behind the wheel of a hybrid vehicle that runs on an electric motor and gasoline engine. Today's hybrid vehicles feature a desirable array of deluxe finishes, tech, and conveniences to suit your lifestyle. All you need is the open road.

To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the 15 best hybrid cars for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax vehicle and sales data from February 1, 2020, through July 31, 2020.

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


Honda Insight

Best Hybrid Cars: Honda Insight | CarMax

Honda debuted its third-generation Insight in 2019, fully redesigned as a four-door, five-passenger midsize sedan. Its hybrid powertrain features a 1.5L four-cylinder engine and electric motor, driving out a combined 151 hp and 197 lb-ft of torque. Suiting city commuters and busy families alike, the 2019 Insight is available in three trim levels (LX, EX, Touring). The 2019 Insight LX standard trim features include:

  • Active noise cancellation
  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Adaptive cruise control


Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Avalon Hybrid | CarMax

For regular driving with friends and family in the passenger seats, the spacious Toyota Avalon could be the large sedan hybrid you're looking for. Bags of style with plenty of tech, the 2017–2018 (fourth generation) Avalon is powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine and electric motor run from a trunk-fitted battery pack. The 2017–2019 Avalon also has an impressive set of driver assistance features as standard. Deluxe finishing touches on the 2017–2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Plus base trim include:

  • Pre-collision system
  • Seven-inch touchscreen display
  • Leather upholstery
  • Sunroof


Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid | CarMax

Arriving in 2017, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid four-door hatchback is perfectly suited to daily highway driving. The Blue base trim on 2017–2019 Ioniq Hybrids will deliver an impressive EPA-estimated 58 mpg combined with the 1.6L engine.1 Its drivetrain — a 1.6L four-cylinder gasoline engine with six-speed automatic transmission — is paired with a battery-fed electric motor delivering a total output of 139 hp. Available in three trim levels, all 2017–2019 Ioniq Hybrids have these standard features:

  • Automatic climate control
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration
  • Keyless entry and start
  • 26.5 cubic feet of cargo space


Toyota Prius Prime Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Prius Prime Plus | CarMax

The Toyota Prius appears four times in our listing; and deservedly so! The Prime is Toyota's Prius plug-in hybrid model (PHEV) delivering EV power from a fully charged battery before the hybrid drivetrain then takes over. Recharging at work and at home is really convenient and makes this a great choice if you've been considering a fully-electric vehicle but aren't quite ready to make the leap. If you're looking for a four-passenger hybrid vehicle for short, regular journeys then this is worth a test drive. The 2017–2019 Prius Prime Hybrid mid-range Premium trim has these standard features:

  • 11.6-inch central touchscreen
  • Keyless entry
  • SofTex® leather upholstery
  • Driver assistance suite


Toyota Prius V

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Prius V | CarMax

This is Toyota's Prius wagon model, a versatile five-passenger vehicle that relishes the complexity of daily life; moving kids, pets, and groceries on a daily basis with practicality. The 2017 Prius V (its final production year) has a 1.8L four-cylinder engine, two electric motors, and a battery pack delivering a combined output of 134 hp. All 2017 Prius V models have a spacious 'slide and recline' rear seat row, with 60/40 split capability. With 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space (with all seats in place) the 2017 Prius V accommodates your family's schedule in comfort.

Standard features found on all 2017 Prius V models include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Stability and traction control

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Honda Accord Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Honda Accord Hybrid | CarMax

A superb example of a midsize executive sedan, the Honda Accord Hybrid is an attractive choice if you're after both style and tech, alongside a hybrid powertrain. Powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine with a pair of onboard battery-fed electric motors, the total system output is 212 hp with an EPA-estimated 48 mpg combined (2017, 2019 models).1 This hybrid is a head-turner that delivers a smooth, comfortable ride. Standard features found on all 2018–2019 Honda Accord Hybrid models include:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space
  • Eight-way power driver seat
  • Voice commanded navigation


Kia Optima Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Kia Optima Hybrid | CarMax

The sporty styling of the Kia Optima Hybrid makes is an attractive proposition if you're an active professional looking for hybrid power and sleek style. Fully redesigned in 2017, the Kia Optima improved its driver assistance and tech offering (adding a rearview camera and more), as well as a drivetrain overhaul, resulting in an improved EPA-estimated 42 mpg combined with the standard hybrid engine.1 Standard features on all 2017–2019 Kia Optima Hybrid EX trim models include:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Navigation System
  • Rearview camera


Toyota Camry Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Camry Hybrid | CarMax

If tech and entertainment are essential for your road trips and weekends on the go, then this five-passenger, family-sized sedan likely has what you need. While the Toyota Camry Hybrid has been around since 2007, the drivetrain was updated for its third generation (2018-present) to improve on its fuel economy; now an EPA-estimated 52 mpg combined for its base LE model with the 2.5L engine (up from an EPA-estimated 40 mpg on the 2017 LE model with the 2.5L engine).1 Standard features of the 2018–2019 Camry Hybrid LE model include:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen display
  • Heated front seats
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Bluetooth connectivity and Apple CarPlay


Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Lincoln MKZ Hybrid | CarMax

Planning to enter the luxury sedan market with your next hybrid vehicle? The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (2011-2020) is a grand affair with a well-appointed interior and some serious curb appeal. Its powertrain pairs a front-wheel-drive 2.0L four-cylinder engine with an electric motor, together producing 188 hp, with an EPA-estimated 40 mpg combined (2015-2018 models).1 Standard, deluxe tech features found on the 2018–2020 Lincoln MKZ base model include:

  • Adaptive suspension
  • Driver-seat memory settings
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Simulated leather upholstery


Toyota Prius C

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Prius C | CarMax

The Prius model for urban living, the Toyota Prius C (2012-2020) is a compact four-door hatchback, ideally suited to you if you're a student or young professional enjoying city life. This one is easy to park, spacious for a compact, and responsive in city traffic. The 2017–2019 Prius C has a 1.5L four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor, delivering 99 hp with a continuously variable transmission. 2017–2019 models with the 1.5L hybrid engine get an EPA-estimated 46 mpg combined.1 For first-time entry into the hybrid car market, this is one for consideration. All 2017–2018 Prius Cs offer as standard:

  • 17.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind rear seats
  • Bluetooth capability
  • USB port
  • LED headlights and taillights

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Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid | CarMax

A midsize sedan that is perfect for highway driving and passenger comfort, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a solid choice for longer daily commutes and your active weekends away. 2018–2019 models pair the 2.0L four-cylinder hybrid engine with a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Offered in two trim levels (SE, Limited) the 2018–2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid features as standard:

  • Hands-free trunk operation
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Automatic headlights


Ford Fusion Energi

Best Hybrid Cars: Ford Fusion Energi | CarMax

You'll love the plug-in hybrid version of the highly regarded Ford Fusion. This attractive midsize five-passenger sedan works nicely if you need a family vehicle or if you and your partner enjoy sharing driving duties. The 2017–2018 models have plenty of tech and driver assistance features at the base trim level (SE Luxury) including three infotainment screens and an 11-speaker sound system. If you're a parent or regularly share your car, you can set up Ford's MyKey, which allows you to control the speed and monitor audio for secondary drivers. The single-trim 2019 Ford Fusion Energi has:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Leather upholstery
  • Two USB ports
  • LED exterior lighting


Chevrolet Volt

Best Hybrid Cars: Chevrolet Volt | CarMax

The second-generation Chevrolet Volt (2016–2019) is a popular plug-in hybrid for many reasons: Sure it's a good looking hatchback sedan, and yes there are two very generous trim levels and some attractive option packages. However, the Volt's plug-in credentials make it a clear choice for drivers making short daily journeys. The 2019 Chevy Volt delivers pure EV power first (from a fully charged battery) before the hybrid drivetrain kicks in. Gas stops could be a thing of the past if you only make short trips. The 2019 Chevrolet Volt LT base trim serves up:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • Leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Remote start
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert


Toyota Prius

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Prius | CarMax

The four-door Toyota Prius hatchback continues to update, innovate, and engage. With seven trim levels (2017, 2018) and some thoughtful package options too, the Prius is an appealing choice whether you're a single driver or have a busy family. With a 1.8L four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors, you'll get an EPA-estimated 52 mpg combined (2017–2019 models).1 The 2017–2019 Prius base trims offer:

  • 24.6 cubic feet of cargo space
  • Rearview camera
  • Driver door keyless entry
  • Forward collision warning


Ford Fusion Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Ford Fusion Hybrid | CarMax

Taking first place on our listing is the Ford Fusion Hybrid, a sleek and stylized midsize sedan that's ideal if you're an executive commuter looking to make a big impression. Powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine and electric motor, and consistently refreshed to keep it appealingly up-to-date, the 2017–2019 Ford Fusion hybrid is a stylish choice. The focus on passenger comfort and driveability will leave you with a smile on your face, too. The 2017–2019 Fusion Hybrid SE trim level provides as standard:

  • Nine-speaker audio system
  • Exterior LED accent lights
  • Eight-way power driver seat
  • Smartphone integration

The wide range of styles and onboard features listed here means you're sure to find your next hybrid vehicle from this updated list of best hybrid cars for 2020 shoppers.

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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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