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Hybrid cars are found in cities across America and you have more choices than ever before. While it might be hard to tell from the outside when comparing to their gas-engine cousins, under the hood the differences are distinctive.

If you're looking for a car with a powerful punch in a quiet package, a hybrid is a great match for you. Using CarMax sales data from May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019, here's a list of the 15 best hybrid cars for 2020 shoppers.

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


Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

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Our list begins with one of the vehicles in Toyota's robust Prius line. The Prius Plug-In Hybrid, known as Prius Prime in the U.S., is enjoying a lot of popularity in its second generation (starting in 2017) since its inception in 2012.

Designed with intelligent technology and thoughtful engineering, the 2017-to-present Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid can be driven solely on electric power for up to 25 miles before the gas engine kicks in.1

Standard equipment for the 2019 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid includes:

  • Smart-flow climate control with pollen filtration
  • Fabric-trimmed heated front seats with armrests and seatback pockets, six-way adjustable driver seat, and four-way adjustable front-passenger seat
  • One front and one rear 12-volt auxiliary power outlets
  • One front USB power outlet


Toyota Avalon Hybrid

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The Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a large car with a smooth, roomy ride. In 2019, Toyota redesigned the Avalon Hybrid and added a few new features, as well as 15 horsepower over the 2018 model. If trunk space is a prime concern for you, you'll be happy to know that Toyota moved the battery pack from the trunk to underneath the rear seat, giving the 2019 Avalon Hybrid about two cubic feet of room more than the year before.

The 2019 Avalon Hybrid's standard features include:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Nine-inch touch screen
  • Heads-up display
  • Surround-view camera


Toyota Prius Prime Hybrid

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With lots of standard technology, the Toyota Prius Prime Hybrid is perfect for a family of four. The body shape of the Prius Prime is the same as the standard Prius, but if you're facing the front, you can see the difference. The 2019 Prius Prime has a blacked-out grille and narrow LED lighting instead of the arrow-shaped lights in the standard Prius.

The 2019 Prius Prime includes the following as standard:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automated emergency braking
  • Lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  • Adaptive cruise control


Honda CR-Z

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A sporty, sleek hybrid, the Honda CR-Z is a two-door, front-wheel-drive car. While Honda stopped manufacturing this vehicle in 2016, it remains a popular model for hybrid buyers. The 2016 Honda CR-Z gets its power from a 1.5L, four-cylinder gas engine and electric motor and boasts features like automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and a six-speaker audio system.

The 2016 Honda CR-Z also includes the following as standard:

  • Center console with armrest
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Keyless ignition
  • Entertainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen


Honda Accord Hybrid

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With comfortable seating for five and nearly 17 cubic feet of trunk space starting with the 2018 model, this hybrid can take you almost anywhere. Want to go golfing with three of your friends? The cavernous trunk can fit four full sets of clubs. Need to pack the car with groceries? The Honda Accord Hybrid has you covered.

You'll like the intuitive infotainment system and four-speaker audio system for trips around town or across the country. Look for a model with an available moonroof and wireless device charging.

Features on 20182019 Honda Accord Hybrids include:

  • Bluetooth®
  • Seven-inch display screen
  • Folding rear seat
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring

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Toyota Prius V

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The Toyota Prius v, the v meaning versatile, is available in three configurations for the 2017 model: the base Prius v Two, Prius v Three, and Prius v Five. Manufactured by Toyota from 2011 to 2017, the Toyota Prius v seats five passengers and gives ample cargo space for your suitcases and sports equipment for both short and long trips.

The 2017 Prius v Five is offered standard with premium features like:

  • SofTex-trimmed, heated front seats
  • Three-door smart key
  • 17-inch wheels
  • LED headlamps


Toyota Camry Hybrid

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In 2018, the Toyota Camry Hybrid got a host of upgrades from the previous generation (2012–2017), including a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, navigation, and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity. If you like to choose different drive modes to suit varying road conditions, the 2019 Camry Hybrid offers you four options: Normal, Sport, Eco, and EV.

For the 2019 model year of the Toyota Camry Hybrid, the base model includes:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high beams
  • Lane-departure warning with steering assist
  • Amazon Alexa compatibility


Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

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This front-wheel-drive hybrid is both luxurious and smart, mixing the upscale feel Lincoln buyers expect with forward-thinking hybrid capability. When you slide behind the wheel of a 2019 model, you'll notice the real buttons and control knobs which make it easy for you to adjust the controls as you wish.

The 2019 model gets a standard suite of technology features including:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Lane-keeping assist


Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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Ready for five passengers and boasting a practical, classic exterior, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is available in two trim levels in 2017: SE and Limited. After a 2018 refresh, which added updated styling and several technology additions like blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, the midyear update saw even more useful features included like adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist.

The Sonata Hybrid gives a respectable EPA-estimated fuel economy of 42 mpg combined on models between 2017 and 2019 with the 2.0L hybrid engine mated to a six-speed transmission.2 Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, and a heated steering wheel are also available.

The 2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid offers the following standard features:

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


Kia Optima Hybrid

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Kia's Optima sedan is a classy four-door vehicle on its own, but the hybrid engine is great if you're looking for something more eco-conscious as well. With a 2.0L engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid can produce 192 horsepower and gets an EPA-estimated 42 mpg combined from the 2.0L engine.2

The 2019 Kia Optima SX seats five comfortably and features a larger-than-average glove box and a 10-speaker sound system. Thoughtfully designed, the front seats are heated and cooled and look very sporty—trimmed in black leather with perforated seating and body-hugging side bolsters.

2018 and 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid models offer the following standard features:

  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Air conditioning
  • Eight-inch thin-film transistor touchscreen
  • Rearview camera

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Toyota Prius C

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Manufactured for model years 2012 to 2019, this petite hybrid includes a 1.5L four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission that generates 99 horsepower. If you live in the city with limited parking, you'll find the Toyota Prius c easy to maneuver and able to zip in and out thanks to its tight turning radius.

2018 Toyota Prius c standard equipment includes:

  • USB port
  • Back-up camera
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Speed-sensitive volume control


Ford Fusion Energi

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Snappy and unique, the Ford Fusion Energi will offer a jolt of power to your commute. The 2017 model delivers a combined output of 188 horsepower and gets an EPA-estimated 38 mpg combined from its 2.0L engine.2

In the Titanium trim, this plug-in hybrid features leather seating, heated front seats, and premium audio; choose one of the other four trim levels and you still get the Ford Co-Pilot360™ suite of standard driver-assist technology. The 2019 Ford Fusion Energi has an EPA-estimated range of 26 all-electric miles.1

The 2019 Ford Fusion Energi also features the following standard equipment:

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


Chevrolet Volt

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The Chevrolet Volt is stunning on the road from the outside and will exceed your expectations on the inside, all while giving you peace of mind to know exactly how far you can go without stopping.

The 2017 Chevy Volt includes a standard 1.5L four-cylinder engine, generating 101 horsepower. If you prefer, you can find models with a two-motor generator and a lithium-ion battery pack to boost the overall output to 149 horsepower.

Standard equipment on the Chevrolet Volt for model years 2017 to 2019 includes:

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


Toyota Prius

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This generation of the Toyota Prius, starting in model year 2016, is as smart and zippy as ever. Seating five, the Prius is practical and beautiful inside and out. Known for distinctive styling and future-forward design, the Prius continues to add on more and more features every year. In model year 2018, Toyota added an optional 11.6-inch touchscreen and in 2019, a styling refresh included an AWD option as well.

The EPA-estimated 56 combined mpg from the 2019 1.8L engine will help to reduce your time spent at the gas station too.2

2018 Toyota Prius standard equipment includes:

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


Ford Fusion Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Ford Fusion Hybrid | CarMax

In our number one spot, the Ford Fusion Hybrid is ready to treat you and your passengers to a smooth, quiet ride. The 2.0L four-cylinder engine, in conjunction with the electric motor, generates 188 horsepower. The Ford Fusion Hybrid performs admirably on the road, turning effortlessly through curves with dynamic handling.

Standard equipment on 20172019 Ford Fusion Hybrid models include:

  • Active noise control
  • Keyless entry
  • Rearview camera
  • Nine-speaker audio system
  • Two 4.2-inch LCD displays

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A hybrid is a great option and with a little help from this list, you're bound to find something out there that's the right fit for you.

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1Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition, and driving conditions. Battery range may decrease with time and use. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
2Fuel 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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