These cars offer green-conscious practicality.

Best Hybrid Cars | CarMax

Whether you already own a hybrid vehicle or you have your eye on a hybrid for the first time, there are plenty of options. Standard options on many hybrids include innovative driver-assistance features, robust infotainment systems, and plush interiors.

Which hybrid is the right choice for you? To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the 15 best hybrid cars for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from August 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020.

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


Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid | CarMax

The Prius Plug-In Hybrid is into its second generation (starting in 2017) and is designed with intelligent technology and thoughtful engineering. Delivering electric torque and agile handling, the Prius Plug-In Hybrid is a great choice if you're looking for a practical car that shines. Engage the Recharge mode, designed to maximize your miles; it uses the gas engine to recharge the onboard battery pack.

Standard equipment for 2017-2019 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrids includes:

  • Heated seats
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • USB port


Honda CR-Z

Best Hybrid Cars: Honda CR-Z | CarMax

Want a sports-car feel with fuel-sipping performance? The compact Honda CR-Z hatchback seats two and is built for fun city driving. While Honda stopped manufacturing this vehicle in 2016, it remains a popular hybrid model on our list. With an EPA-estimated 37 mpg combined (2016 model with the hybrid engine), it's easy to see why.1 The 2016 Honda CR-Z comes with a proficient 1.5L, four-cylinder gas engine and electric motor and is available in three trims: LX, EX, and EX-L Navi.

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

  • Six-speaker CD audio system
  • Cruise control
  • USB port
  • Entertainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen
  • Rearview camera


Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Avalon Hybrid | CarMax

The luxury-grade Toyota Avalon Hybrid was fully redesigned in 2019 and added two cubic feet of trunk space and 15 horsepower from the 2018 model. The 2019 Avalon gets its power from a 215-hp, 2.5L four-cylinder engine, supported by two electric motors. The 2018 model has the same engine with 200 hp. The Limited trim adds a sunroof, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, wireless charging, 14-speaker premium JBL® audio system, and more.

The 2017-2019 Avalon Hybrid's standard features include:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Heated and power-adjustable front seats
  • Rearview camera


Toyota Prius Prime Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Prius Prime Plus | CarMax

With seating capacity for four and comfortable ingress and egress, the 2017-2019 Toyota Prius Prime Hybrid is a terrific choice for young professionals, college students, retirees, and small families. Available in three trim levels (Plus, Premium, and Advanced), all 2017-2019 Prius Prime Hybrids come with one powertrain—a 121-hp, 1.8L four-cylinder engine paired to a plug-in hybrid system. The 2019 model adds a few extra features, including USB ports and satellite radio. Choose the Premium trim on 2019 Prius Primes for an 11.6-inch touchscreen and wireless smartphone charging.

The 2017-2019 Prius Prime Hybrid includes the following features as standard:

  • Pre-collision system with pedestrian warning
  • Lane-departure alert
  • Apple CarPlay,® Amazon Alexa,™ and satellite radio capability (2019 only)
  • Backup camera


Honda Accord Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Honda Accord Hybrid | CarMax

The Honda Accord Hybrid is a popular choice for several reasons, one being that the ample trunk can fit a multitude of sports equipment, grocery bags, and suitcases (16.7 cubic feet on all models from 2017). It's even spacious enough to fit four full golf bags! All that and an intuitively situated infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, and four-speaker audio system—standard on every 2018 and 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid—will have you rocking down any road you choose. Active noise cancellation makes the ride that much sweeter.

Standard features on 20172019 Honda Accord Hybrids include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring

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Toyota Prius V

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Prius V | CarMax

V stands for “versatile," and in the case of the five-passenger Toyota Prius v, that means there's a Prius v for everyone. Offered in three configurations for the 2017 model (the base model Prius v Two, Prius v Three, and Prius v Five), the Prius v was sold from 2011 to 2017. It's still a great choice as a used hybrid, as the base model is equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40 folding rear seat, and a six-way adjustable driver seat to customize your Prius v just the way you like it.

The 2017 Prius v Two is offered standard with features including:

  • Six-speaker sound system with a CD player and iPod/USB audio interface
  • 6.1-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth capability
  • Cruise control


Toyota Camry Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Camry Hybrid | CarMax

In 2018, the Toyota Camry Hybrid kicked off a new generation, including a restyled body, upgraded suspension, four drive modes, and more. For model year 2019, Toyota added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™ features. Equipped with firm acceleration and clever handling, the 2018 and 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid seats five comfortably and offers a quiet ride. The XLE trim adds leather seating, power-adjustable passenger seat, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

For 2018-2019 model years of the Toyota Camry Hybrid, standard features include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Cruise control
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Power driver seat


Kia Optima Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Kia Optima Hybrid | CarMax

With a 2.0L engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, 2017-2019 Kia Optima Hybrids produce 192 hp and get an EPA-estimated 42 mpg combined from the 2.0L engine.1 The Optima Hybrid seats five in style and is designed with creature comforts like heated front seats and side bolsters that hug reassuringly. For model years 2017-present, the Kia Optima Hybrid is available in one trim, the EX, and is well-equipped throughout. Add the technology package for a 10-speaker Harman Kardon® audio system, heated steering wheel, and more.

2017-2019 Kia Optima Hybrid models offer the following standard features:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability
  • Heated mirrors
  • Seven-inch touchscreen
  • Rearview camera


Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid | CarMax

An attractive exterior and a spacious interior suitable for five passengers are hallmarks of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. Available in two trim levels (SE and Limited), the Sonata Hybrid experienced a refresh in 2018, which added updated styling and technology additions like blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. 2017 models aren't lacking in technology, though, with a backup camera and more as standard. The 2018 and 2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrids are powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor for a combined 193 horsepower. Is the Sonata Hybrid road-trip ready? Absolutely.

2018-2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrids offer the following standard features:

  • Automatic headlights
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility


Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Best Hybrid Cars: Lincoln MKZ Hybrid | CarMax

Upscale interior? Check. Smart drivetrain? Check. The stylish, midsize Lincoln MKZ Hybrid blends luxury and innovation. Equipped with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor to produce a combined 188 hp, the base 2018 and 2019 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is nicely appointed. Thoughtful touches like simulated leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats with heating give you the feeling of ultimate luxury.

2017-2019 Lincoln MKZ Hybrids include these standard features:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability (2018-2019 only)
  • Heated front seats
  • Rearview camera
  • Two USB ports

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Toyota Prius C

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Prius C | CarMax

The compact, zippy Prius C is available in two trims: L and LE. Both trims come with a 1.5L, four-cylinder drivetrain that generates 99 hp and an impressively tight turning radius (2018-2019 models). Need to squeeze into a parking space in the city? This car is designed to give you the handling you need. The 2017 Prius C features a standard rearview camera, 6.1-inch touchscreen, and USB port. The 2019 Prius C adds forward-collision warning with automatic braking, lane-departure warning, and automatic high beams.

The 2017-2019 Toyota Prius C includes the following features as standard:

  • USB port
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Four-speaker AM/FM stereo
  • Lane-departure warning (2018-2019 only)


Ford Fusion Energi

Best Hybrid Cars: Ford Fusion Energi | CarMax

A midsize hybrid dream, the Ford Fusion Energi aims to please with a 188-hp, 2.0L four-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. An impressive infotainment system is part of the appeal of this practical sedan, but its qualities don't stop there. Part of the third Fusion generation introduced for 2013, the 2019 Ford Fusion Energi comes standard with the Ford Co-Pilot360™ suite of driver-assistance technology, though earlier trims are well-equipped, too.

The 2017-2019 Ford Fusion Energi includes the following features as standard:

  • 11-speaker audio system
  • Rearview camera
  • Cruise control
  • Two USB ports


Chevrolet Volt

Best Hybrid Cars: Chevrolet Volt | CarMax

The Chevrolet Volt includes a standard 101-hp, 1.5L four-cylinder engine, but you can also choose a version with a two-motor generator and a lithium-ion battery pack to boost the overall output to 149 horsepower. The comfortable Volt kicked off its second generation in 2016, and continues to be a good choice for hybrid buyers. It comes with a range of standard features, but if great audio is a priority, you can opt for an eight-speaker Bose® system (2016-2019 models).

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

  • 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 is an ideal choice for a quiet, comfortable ride—even on noisy roads. Dynamic handling is designed to help you tackle country-road curves with ease, and standard technology includes automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning and mitigation, and a pre-collision warning system with automatic braking and pedestrian detection (2018-2019 models). Part of the third Fusion generation introduced for 2013, the Ford Fusion Hybrid can take you to your destination in style.

Standard equipment on 20172019 Ford Fusion Hybrid models includes:

  • Active noise control
  • Keyless entry
  • Rearview camera
  • Nine-speaker audio system


Toyota Prius

Best Hybrid Cars: Toyota Prius | CarMax

Capturing the top spot on our list, the Toyota Prius boasts a host of innovative features. For model year 2018 you get an optional 11.6-inch touchscreen, and in 2019 a styling refresh includes an AWD option. This hybrid flipped the script from its inception, and it continues to impress. For model year 2019, the Prius is available in four trims (L Eco, LE, XLE, and Limited) and comes standard with driver-assistance technology such as lane-departure assistance.

2017-2019 Toyota Prius standard equipment includes:

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

As you can see, these 15 best hybrids have a lot to offer. This list is a great guide to help you confidently choose the right vehicle for you.

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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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