The perfect combination of engine and electric power.

Best Hybrid Cars | CarMax

Take your eco-conscious lifestyle on the road with one of these well-equipped hybrid vehicles featuring both internal combustion engines and electric motors. As well as catering to your busy lifestyle, you'll also get a vehicle that's perfect for commuting, running errands, or even shuttling family and friends all over town.

As you begin shopping, consider these 15 best hybrid cars for 2020 shoppers based on CarMax vehicle and sales data from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020. Here's the line-up!

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


Honda CR-Z

Best Hybrid Cars: Honda CR-Z | CarMax

If a sporty two-seater is on your wish list, look no further. The Honda CR-Z is perfect for singles or couples that want to zip around the city in sleek style. This tech-loaded subcompact was last produced in 2016, featuring a 130 hp 1.5L hybrid four-cylinder engine.

The 2016 Honda CR-Z standard features include:

  • Seven-inch touch screen display
  • Rearview camera
  • Push-button start system
  • USB port


Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Avalon Hybrid | CarMax

This full-size sedan, which seats five, suits an eco-conscious family that craves luxury, or a young professional who needs something smart for the commute. The 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid base trim with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine and electric motor gets an EPA-estimated 40 mpg combined.1

Standard features in the 2017–2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid include:

  • Power-adjusted front seats
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-departure warning system
  • Rearview camera


Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

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From 2016 through 2019, Chevrolet offered its popular midsize Malibu sedan in a hybrid option. The latest model (2019) is celebrated for its brisk acceleration thanks to a four-cylinder motor, two electric motors, and an automatic transmission, making it perfect for highway drivers.

The base model 2016–2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid includes:

  • Eight-inch driver information display (2019)
  • Seven-inch driver information display (2016–2018)
  • Seating for five passengers
  • Rearview camera


Toyota Prius Prime Hybrid

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Making its mark in the plug-in hybrid lineup, the Toyota Prius Prime Hybrid has been in production since 2017. This compact vehicle, popular among couples and small families, features a 121 hp, 1.8L four-cylinder engine that works in tandem with the lithium-ion battery pack.

The 2017–2019 Toyota Prius Prime Hybrid's standard features include:

  • Seating for four
  • Heated front seats
  • Seven-inch touchscreen display
  • Collision warning system


Toyota Prius V

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Prius V | CarMax

The second (of four!) Toyota Prius models on our list is the V model. This hybrid has been in production from 2011 through to 2017 and is a great choice if you regularly haul sports gear or the family dog—thanks to its spacious wagon-style, robust twin-electric motors/battery pack combo and seating for five passengers.

Standard features on the 2014–2017 Toyota Prius V include:

  • 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space (with rear seats upright)
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 1.8L four-cylinder engine
  • Four trim package options


Honda Accord Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Honda Accord Hybrid | CarMax

Whether you need ample room for shopping bags, a folding baby stroller, or luggage, the 2017–2019 models of the Honda Accord Hybrid will accommodate with its spacious 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space. All model years of this hybrid (excluding 2014–2015) feature an internal lithium-ion battery, not a plug-in system.

The 2017–2019 Honda Accord Hybrid comes standard with:

  • Front-wheel drive
  • Blindspot-warning system
  • Rearview camera
  • Cruise control


Kia Optima Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Kia Optima Hybrid | CarMax

A sporty exterior, roomy seating for five, and heated front seats make the Kia Optima Hybrid a favorite among commuting college students and growing families. The 2017 through 2019 model years feature a 192 hp, 2.0L engine and get an EPA-estimated 42 mpg combined.1

Standard features on the 2017–2019 Kia Optima Hybrid include:

  • Plug-in or standard-style hybrid
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability
  • Seven-inch touchscreen
  • Rearview camera


Toyota Camry Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Camry Hybrid | CarMax

Tech-lovers will feel cozy behind the wheel of the Toyota Camry Hybrid. The 2018 model base trim boasts four drive modes, keyless entry/ignition, dual-zone climate control, and a rearview camera. In 2019, Toyota added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features.

The 2018–2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid standard features include:

  • Seating for five passengers
  • Power-driver seat
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Cruise control


Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid | CarMax

The midsize Hyundai Sonata Hybrid offers spacious seating for up to five passengers heading out on weekend road trips. The 2018 and 2019 models feature a 2.0L four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor to churn out a combined 193 hp. The 2016 through 2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrids offer standard or plug-in models.

Base models of the 2018–2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrids include:

  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • Blindspot monitoring


Toyota Prius C

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Prius C | CarMax

This agile, compact hybrid is popular with city drivers who want an easy vehicle to parallel park and maneuver in busy traffic. The Toyota Prius C comes with a 1.5L, four-cylinder engine generating 99 hp, making it powerful for its small size. But don't be deceived. The four-door Toyota Prius C can easily load kids and pets into the backseat.

Standard features on the 2018–2019 Toyota Pruis C include:

  • Backup camera
  • Lane-departure warning system
  • USB port
  • Bluetooth connectivity


Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Lincoln MKZ Hybrid | CarMax

This stately sedan offers a luxurious interior with a sharp, business-professional exterior—perfect if you need to make an impression. The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid features a 2.0L four-cylinder engine and electric motor combo that produces 188 hp, offering a smooth powerful drive.

Base models of the 2017–2019 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid features:

  • Front-wheel drive
  • Standard battery-style hybrid (not plug-in)
  • Heated front seats
  • Two USB ports


Ford Fusion Energi

Best Hybrid Cars: Ford Fusion Energi | CarMax

This midsize hybrid version of the popular Ford Fusion features four doors and seating for five, making it an ideal daily driver for couples or small families. Your teen driver will love the well-appointed tech, including three information screens and two USB ports (2017–2019 models). A 2.0L four-cylinder engine works alongside an electronic motor powered by a lithium battery to produce 188 hp in the 2017–2019 Ford Fusion Energi.

Standard features on the 2017–2019 Ford Fusion Energi include:

  • Plug-in hybrid engine
  • 11-speaker sound system
  • Heated front seats
  • Rearview camera


Chevrolet Volt

Best Hybrid Cars: Chevrolet Volt | CarMax

The Chevrolet Volt has been cruising roads since the first model launched in 2010. Although 2019 is the last production year for this hybrid, it's incredibly popular on our lots. The plug-in style sedan seats five and is powered with either a 1.5L four-cylinder engine or a two-motor generator and lithium-ion battery pack depending on the model chosen.

Base models of the 2017–2019 Chevrolet Volt include:

  • Eight-inch touchscreen
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Remote start
  • Automatic emergency braking


Toyota Prius

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Prius | CarMax

Often ranking near the top on our best of hybrid cars list you'll find the Toyota Prius. It's currently in its fourth generation (2016 to present) and popular among eco-conscious families and singles for its sporty exterior, tech-savvy interior, and variety of trim package options, so you can find the car that best fits your needs.

Standard features on the 2017–2019 Toyota Prius include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-departure warning system
  • Cloth upholstery


Ford Fusion Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Ford Fusion Hybrid | CarMax

Taking the top spot is Ford's flagship midsize sedan. The Ford Fusion Hybrid is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine and lithium-ion battery pack combo. It's known for its quiet cruising and agile handling, making it the ideal daily driver for your commutes to work and relaxing weekend road trips.

The 2017–2019 For Fusion Hybrid comes standard with:

  • Battery-style hybrid (not plug-in)
  • Keyless entry
  • Rearview camera
  • Nine-speaker audio system

If you want a fuel-sipping vehicle with loads of features, you won't go wrong with any of the options on this 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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