If you’re still on the fence about going all-electric, a hybrid vehicle is a great place to start. They refuel quickly with gas, but you still get better fuel economy. Even if you have a whole family to commute, there’s probably a perfect hybrid car, SUV or minivan for you.
Thanks to soaring gas prices, you’re probably craving a more fuel-efficient car. Here are the five best hybrid vehicles according to TrueCar.
1. Hyundai Tucson Hybrid
Boasting an EPA-estimated 38 mpg on city and highway driving, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid is the most comprehensive choice on TrueCar’s list. The surprisingly affordable price of $26,195 for this compact crossover includes a large infotainment screen, a plush interior and a turbocharged powertrain. Offering a standard 10-year hybrid warranty, the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid offers excellent value for money.
It’s available as a regular hybrid or PHEV, the latter offering an electric range of 33 miles. Although every Tucson Hybrid comes standard with all-wheel drive, it lacks a dedicated off-road version. TrueCarReviewers also wish this SUV had a higher towing capacity, but 2,000 pounds is decent for most drivers.
Starting at $35,925, this seven-seat minivan can get 36 mpg in the city and on the highway. Besides being the most fuel-efficient model in its segment, the Toyota Sienna has an interior luxurious enough to be mistaken for a limousine, according to TrueCar. And adventure-seeking families will appreciate the Woodlands trim, with improved ground clearance and standard roof bars.
Despite its appeal for family cruisers, the Toyota Sienna still has some minor flaws. With just 245 horsepower, it offers little passing power, although it still handles like a much smaller car. In addition, the second row cannot be folded down or removed, which limits its maximum cargo capacity.
3. Hyundai Elantra Hybrid
The Hyundai Elantra Hybrid is another affordable choice, starting around $21,000 and offering up to 50 mpg combined city/highway. Despite its compact sedan dimensions, both rows offer plenty of space and the interior is packed with great features.
Still, the Elantra Hybrid lacks a Wi-Fi hotspot, and all of the plastic interior surfaces reflect the car’s bargain price. It also doesn’t offer an optional hatchback body style like some rivals. The trunk has 14 cubic feet of space, but the opening is too small to easily load larger items.
4. Lexus NX Hybrid
To celebrate its 2022 redesign, the Lexus NX now offers two hybrid powertrain options. The standard makes 239 hp, while the PHEV makes 302 hp and gets 37 miles of range. Both hybrid versions come with standard all-wheel drive and offer a quiet ride. However, TrueCar warns that the NX never feels particularly sporty, even with the added power of the top-level hybrid version.
But the NX Hybrid makes up for its performance shortcomings with a refreshed cabin design. Lexus added more upholstery color and ambient lighting options. Plus, the dual-screen infotainment system is a nice touch.
5. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid gets 52 mpg city/highway combined, putting it ahead of its two biggest rivals. Additionally, Hyundai cut the weaker engine for 2022, leaving the Sonata with a 192-hp four-cylinder powertrain/electric motor. This sedan still has some performance hiccups, such as jerky brakes and abrupt transitions between gasoline and electric.
However, it has an impressive range of intuitive technology options. The top trim even has a solar-powered roof to give more battery power. Although the rear seat is a bit cramped, the interior is comfortable and feels upscale for its starting price of $25,000.
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