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Best Hybrid Cars in 2024

2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid / Credit: Hyundai

These Hybrid Cars Offer the Best Combination of MPG & Value

A hybrid car is ideal for commuters, long-distance travelers, and day trippers. While not the lowest-priced vehicles on the market, they are the cheapest at the pump. Hybrid cars speak to environmentally conscious shoppers, city dwellers, and on-the-road professionals. If you’re searching for a vehicle with exceptional gas mileage, a long driving range, and tons of standard features, it’s hard to top a hybrid car.

Some vehicles on this list may be from a previous model year, but they are still available as new models. Sometimes automakers are slow to update specs and pricing. Other times they may be redesigning a model or have excess inventory.

How We Ranked These Hybrids

1. 2024 Toyota Prius

2023 Toyota Prius
2024 Toyota Prius / Credit: Toyota
  • Price: $27,650
  • Fuel Economy: 49-57 mpg*
  • What We Like: Stellar gas mileage, peppy acceleration, many standard driver aids, smooth ride
  • What We Don’t: Small back seat, inconsistent interior quality, high price for a compact car

The Prius is one of the most fuel-efficient cars you can buy. It’s rated up to 57 mpg combined, so it’s purpose-built to save you money at the pump. Acceleration is capable, whether in the city or on the highway, and the Prius’ ride quality is gentle enough to make it ideal for road trips and commuting.

Buyers can choose from two hybrid powertrains. Front-wheel-drive (FWD) versions have a 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce a combined output of 194 horsepower, while all-wheel-drive (AWD) models match the same engine with two electric motors to generate 196 horsepower. Every Prius has a continuously variable automatic transmission.

This Toyota also comes standard with a long list of driver aids including blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, and automatic emergency braking.

This Toyota has a couple of shortcomings you should know about. First, while the front seats are spacious, the backseat is tight, especially for taller adults. Materials quality within the cabin is also mixed.

Shopping for a Used Prius?

Any Prius from 2023 or later (the fifth generation) will look like the one above. The fourth-generation Prius was offered from the 2016 to the 2022 model years. It is not as attractive as the handsome, new design, but it’s hard to argue with up to 58 mpg in the city.

2. 2024 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid
2024 Toyota Corolla Hybrid / Credit: Toyota
  • Price: $23,300
  • Fuel Economy: 50 mpg*
  • What We Like: Strong reliability record; good crash-test scores; optional AWD
  • What We Don’t: Smaller than average

The Corolla Hybrid features first-rate fuel economy, impressive crash test ratings, a nice interior, and a comfortable ride. Moreover, this compact hybrid is loaded with up-to-date tech and ADAS features, plus optional AWD, which is unusual for a compact sedan. The Corolla Hybrid has some downsides, however. Its trunk is small, and its powertrain is weak for highway passing.

Shopping for a Used Corolla?

Though the Toyota Corolla has been around for decades, the Corolla Hybrid has only been around since 2020. Still, that is enough time for some used inventory to build up. All 2020 or later Corolla Hybrids will have similar styling and available features.

3. 2024 Toyota Camry Hybrid

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid / Photo Credit: Toyota
2024 Toyota Camry Hybrid / Photo Credit: Toyota
  • Price: $28,855
  • Fuel Economy: 52 mpg*
  • What We Like: Excellent crash-test ratings; Toyota’s excellent reliability
  • What We Don’t: Not much

The Camry Hybrid delivers a great blend of what car shoppers want in a midsize sedan. It has a solid track record for reliability, excellent crash test ratings, and a fuel-sipping powertrain. The Camry also features roomy seats, a comfortable ride, and user-friendly tech. The base trim comes with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 suite of ADAS features.

Shopping for a Used Camry Hybrid?

Toyota last redesigned the Camry Hybrid for the 2018 model year. If you like the styling of the model shown above, consider a version from 2018 to 2023.

4. 2024 Kia Sportage Hybrid

2023 Kia Sportage
2024 Kia Sportage / Credit: Kia
  • Price: $28,290
  • Fuel Economy: 38-43 mpg*
  • What We Like: Low price; spacious; 10-year warranty; available as a plug-in hybrid
  • What We Don’t: Frustrating dashboard buttons

The Kia Sportage got a complete makeover for the 2023 model year, ushering in bold exterior styling, a dashboard with an expansive curved digital instrument display and touchscreen, plus new hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions that nicely balance power, efficiency, and price. The Sportage Hybrid has plenty of space for passengers and cargo. Thanks to the Sportage Hybrid’s standard 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, Kia counters the wild styling with mechanical peace of mind.

Shopping for a Used Sportage Hybrid?

The Sportage Hybrid was all new for 2023 and is unchanged for 2024, so used models should look like the version shown above.

5. 2024 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2022 Toyota RAV4
2024 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid / Photo Credit: Toyota
  • Price: $31,475
  • Fuel Economy: 38-39 mpg*
  • What We Like: Good price; plug-in hybrid Prime model available; excellent reliability
  • What We Don’t: Noisy engine

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has a spacious cabin with two rows of seats and a roomy cargo hold. The RAV4 Hybrid also performs well in crash tests and comes standard with an impressive assortment of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and convenience features.

Toyota’s RAV4 Hybrid is more powerful than the base conventional RAV4, and the extra horsepower bolsters driver confidence on the highway. Shoppers should consider Toyota’s excellent reputation for building quality hybrid vehicles when buying for long-term ownership.

Shopping for a Used RAV4 Hybrid?

The RAV4 Hybrid was last redesigned in 2019, so 2019-2023 models are nearly identical to the 2024 RAV4 shown above. RAV4 Hybrids from the previous generation, 2016-2018, are also solid choices.

6. 2024 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid

2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Exterior
2024 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid / Photo Credit: Hyundai
  • Price: $32,325
  • Fuel Economy: 37-38 mpg*
  • What We Like: Spacious interior; available as a plug-in hybrid; 10-year powertrain warranty
  • What We Don’t: Frustrating dashboard buttons

In 2023, the Hyundai Tucson introduced a radical new look inside and out and a new hybrid model, which carries into 2024. The Tuscon Hybrid’s dashboard controls are touch-sensitive, making them harder to use than traditional knobs and buttons. However, the Tucson Hybrid has a large cargo area and gets up to 38 mpg. There’s even a plug-in hybrid model that can go up to 33 miles on electricity alone. The Sportage Hybrid, from sister brand Kia, is a slightly better deal, but the Tucson is still a bargain. Like the Sportage Hybrid, the Tucson Hybrid has a 10-year/100,000 powertrain warranty.

Shopping for a Used Tucson Hybrid?

The Tucson Hybrid was all new for 2022, so used options are few, but they will all look like the model shown above.

7. 2024 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

2024 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid
2024 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid / Credit: Hyundai
  • Price: $26,250
  • Fuel Economy: 54 mpg*
  • What We Like: Large interior; excellent gas mileage
  • What We Don’t: Not as nice inside as some rivals

The Hyundai Elantra Hybrid is a top compact sedan thanks to its competitive price, roomy cabin and class-leading mpg. The cabin’s materials can sometimes feel low-grade, but it is outfitted with an easy-to-use, very large 10.25-inch touchscreen equipped with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Elantra Hybrid boasts a 139-horsepower hybrid system that includes a 4-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Power isn’t impressive, but fuel economy is.

The base Blue trim comes with a host of advanced safety features, plus goodies like dual-zone automatic climate control and a digital gauge screen. The top-level Limited trim adds leatherette seating, wireless phone charging, and other upscale items.

Shopping for a Used Elantra Hybrid?

Hyundai introduced the Elantra Hybrid in 2021. They gave it a fresh design in 2024, but the underlying platform and engine haven’t changed since the launch.

8. 2023 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2023 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid / Credit: Hyundai
  • Price: $28,100
  • Fuel Economy: 52 mpg*
  • What We Like: Cool tech features
  • What We Don’t: Smaller-than-average rear seat; not as fun to drive as Accord Hybrid or Camry Hybrid

The Sonata Hybrid’s unique shape and styling help it stand out among traditional sedans. It also undercuts the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry Hybrids in price and gets better mileage than the Accord Hybrid. Its rear seats aren’t as spacious as its rivals, and it’s not very athletic, though it does deliver a nicely cushioned ride. The Sonata Hybrid has an intuitive touchscreen, smartphone connectivity, and a healthy assortment of ADAS features.

Shopping for a Used Sonata Hybrid?

The Sonata Hybrid pictured above comes from a generation that started with the 2020 model year. A used 2020-2022 Sonata Hybrid will be nearly identical to the current model.

9. 2024 Honda Accord Hybrid

2023 Honda Accord
2024 Honda Accord / Credit: Honda
  • Price: $32,195
  • Fuel Economy: 48 mpg*
  • What We Like: Good handling; excellent crash-test ratings; huge back seat and trunk
  • What We Don’t: Not as fuel-efficient as the Camry Hybrid and Sonata Hybrid

For years, the Accord has proven to be reliable, fuel-efficient, roomy, and packed with value. The 2023 Accord Hybrid introduced an optional 12.3-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – and a punchy and economical engine. The 2024 Accord Hybrid remains largely unchanged.

A 204-hp hybrid 4-cylinder that returns a superb 48 mpg combined average in a mix of city and highway driving. Quick steering reflexes, a comfortable ride, and a handsome dashboard with a standard digital instrument cluster make this version of the Accord the best yet.

Shopping for a Used Accord?

The 2024 model will mark the eleventh generation of the Accord. The tenth-generation Honda Accord was offered from 2018 to 2023. It is available in conventionally powered and hybrid variants.

10. 2024 Kia Niro

2023 Kia Niro
2024 Kia Niro / Credit: Kia
  • Price: $26,840
  • Fuel Economy: 53 mpg*
  • What We Like: Best mpg of any SUV; available as a plug-in hybrid or EV
  • What We Don’t: Small cabin; more expensive than most subcompact SUVs

The Kia Niro is a fuel-conscious subcompact hybrid also offered in plug-in hybrid and full-electric versions. The standard hybrid model is one of the most efficient vehicles in the segment. It has a 10.3-inch infotainment screen, wireless Apple CarPlay, and wireless Android Auto.

It is inexpensive for a hybrid SUV but pricey compared to similarly sized subcompact SUVs that aren’t hybrids. If that trade-off is worth it, the Niro will make an excellent fuel-sipping addition to your garage.

Shopping for a Used Niro?

The Kia Niro has been on the market since 2017. The plug-in hybrid model was introduced in 2018, and the all-electric model was introduced in 2019. The exterior was slightly updated in 2020, and wireless connectivity was added in 2021 as standard equipment.

11. 2024 Honda CR-V Hybrid

2023 Honda CR-V Sport Touring Hybrid
2024 Honda CR-V Hybrid / Credit: Honda
  • Price: $33,350
  • Fuel Economy: 37-40 mpg*
  • What We Like: Spacious, reliable
  • What We Don’t: High starting price for a small SUV

The Honda CR-V Hybrid is tough to beat if you’re looking for a well-rounded compact SUV. It’s safe, reliable, accommodating, and fuel-efficient. The CR-V Hybrid provides composed handling and a smooth ride. It includes several standard ADAS features. The CR-V Hybrid has a 204-horsepower hybrid powertrain, giving it peppy acceleration and up to 40 mpg. However, the CR-V Hybrid is more expensive than most compact hybrid SUVs.

Shopping for a Used CR-V Hybrid?

The CR-V Hybrid sported an all-new design for 2023. The previous-generation CR-V Hybrid debuted in 2020 and was sold relatively unchanged from 2020-2022.

12. 2024 Ford Escape Hybrid

2023 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid
2024 Ford Escape / Credit: Ford
  • Price: $33,340
  • Fuel Economy: 39 mpg*
  • What We Like: Available as a plug-in hybrid
  • What We Don’t: Rivals are cheaper and have nicer, roomier cabins

All Ford Escapes feature a digital gauge display, and, for the first time, a 13.2-inch infotainment screen is optional. Available with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), the Escape Hybrid has a 200-horsepower powertrain. It’s also available as a plug-in hybrid with 38 miles of range.

Shopping for a Used Escape Hybrid?

The Ford Escape Hybrid entered the 2023 model year with a redesigned front end with a more prominent grille and slimmer LED headlights. However, its last complete redesign was in 2020, and 2020-2023 models will have similar fuel economy. The previous generation Escape (2013-2019) was not available with a hybrid powertrain, though models prior to 2013 were.

13. 2024 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
2024 Toyota Highlander Hybrid / Photo credit: Toyota
  • Price: $40,720
  • Fuel Economy: 35-36 mpg*
  • What We Like: Great crash-test scores; reliable; spacious; top fuel economy for a 3-row SUV
  • What We Don’t: Pricey

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid has a luxurious interior – it’s so nice that the Highlander would almost be at home wearing the Lexus badge. It boasts a quiet ride, a reputation for reliability, and impressive fuel economy. The Highlander also has roomy seats in the first two rows, though its third row isn’t as spacious as its rivals.

This Toyota midsize SUV has a 243-horsepower hybrid system with standard AWD. The Highlander also comes standard with straightforward tech features and a host of ADAS features.

Shopping for a Used Highlander Hybrid?

The Highlander Hybrid has been on the market for many years, though the current generation only dates back to the 2020 model year. The previous generation also offered a comfortable ride, a high-end cabin, and a strong lineup of ADAS features.

14. 2024 Toyota Venza

2022 Toyota Venza
2024 Toyota Venza / Credit: Toyota
  • Price: $34,920
  • Fuel Economy: 39 mpg*
  • What We Like: Great gas mileage, sleek styling
  • What We Don’t: Small interior, only 219 hp, below-average Carfax user ratings, above-average price

The Venza features eye-catching good looks, two spacious rows of seats, and a generous assortment of standard features. It also comes with standard AWD and returns good fuel economy.

This hybrid SUV from Toyota is expensive and isn’t the best choice if you need a vehicle for towing. It only makes 219 horsepower, yet its hybrid powertrain is quick off the line and capable enough for most daily driving. The Venza also delivers a comfortable ride and is luxurious inside.

Shopping for a Used Venza?

The Venza returned to the market as an all-new hybrid model for 2021, and it’s seen few changes since. The former Venza (2009-2015) shared a name with the current model but very little else.

15. 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid

2024 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid
2024 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid / Credit: Toyota
  • Price: $27,970
  • Fuel Economy: 42 mpg*
  • What We Like: Low starting price for a hybrid SUV
  • What We Don’t: Slow, noisy engine, so-so mpg

The Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid isn’t particularly exciting, but it’s very functional. It has a 196-horsepower powertrain with a gas engine and three electric motors, plus standard AWD. The setup is very efficient, but it struggles to reach highway speeds and makes plenty of noise. It isn’t very agile in corners, either. The interior is plain, but the infotainment system is easy to use and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Corolla Cross also comes with the Toyota Safety Sense suite of advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS).

Shopping for a Used Corolla Cross?

The Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid was all new in 2023, and it carries over into 2024 unchanged.

16. 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe
2023 Hyundai Santa Fe / Photo Credit: Hyundai
  • Price: $35,910
  • Fuel Economy: 32-34 mpg*
  • What We Like: Great crash-test scores; nice interior; plug-in hybrid available
  • What We Don’t: Not as efficient as others

The Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid has many appealing features, including a responsive 8-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The Santa Fe also has strong crash-test performance and many ADAS features. There’s little not to like about this midsize Hyundai crossover.

The Santa Fe Hybrid has 226 horsepower and standard AWD. The plug-in hybrid Santa Fe costs more but can go up to 30 miles on electricity alone. Non-hybrid Santa Fe SUVs are a bargain and get up to 26 mpg, which is still great for a midsize SUV.

Shopping for a Used Santa Fe Hybrid?

The entire Santa Fe lineup was last redesigned in 2019, and many used models are available. However, the Santa Fe Hybrid only dates back to 2021, so used options are limited.

17. 2024 Kia Sorento Hybrid

2021 Kia Sorento / Photo Credit: Kia
2024 Kia Sorento / Photo Credit: Kia

The Kia Sorent Hybrid offers a handsome interior with high-quality materials. Space in the first two rows is generous, though the third row is small. The Sorento features an outstanding infotainment system and a wealth of ADAS features, but its NHTSA crash test ratings aren’t as impressive as its rivals.

This Kia SUV’s hybrid powertrain makes 227 horsepower while getting up to 37 mpg. Conventional Sorentos are also relatively fuel-efficient, getting anywhere from 24 to 26 mpg. The available plug-in hybrid Sorento can go up to 32 miles on electricity alone.

Shopping for a Used Sorento?

Kia redesigned the Sorento lineup for the 2021 model year. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid models did not exist before 2021, so used options are limited.

18. 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid

2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid
2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid / Credit: Toyota
  • Price: $44,670
  • Fuel Economy: 27-36 mpg*
  • What We Like: Everything we like about the Highlander, plus more space and power
  • What We Don’t: Pricey for a midsize SUV

The Grand Highlander is the new, larger version of the long-running Toyota Highlander. Both SUVs offer three rows of seats, but the larger Grand Highlander offers more space, especially in the third row and cargo area. Compared to the regular Highlander, the Grand Highlander is a pretty good deal. However, compared with the midsize SUV class as a whole, it’s pricey.

The Grand Highlander Hybrid has two powertrain options: a 245-horsepower hybrid powertrain and a 362-horsepower hybrid powertrain in a version called the Hybrid Max.

The Grand Highlander has a simple, straightforward cabin design. The interior looks more rugged and squared-off than the interior of the smaller Highlander. Like other Toyotas, the Grand Highlander benefits from big, clearly labeled buttons and a long list of standard equipment. Most major controls, including audio and climate, get their own buttons – no navigating through touchscreen menus or tapping your finger on a smooth plastic surface to get the system to register your input.

Shopping for a Used Grand Highlander Hybrid?

The Grand Highlander Hybrid is new for 2024, so few older versions of this SUV are available. However, the smaller Highlander Hybrid has been around for years, and used models are easy to find.

19. 2024 Toyota Crown

2023 Toyota Crown
2024 Toyota Crown / Credit: Toyota
  • Price: $40,050
  • Fuel Economy: 41 mpg*
  • What We Like: Great fuel economy; high ride height; powerful Hybrid Max trim
  • What We Don’t: Not as fun to drive as rivals

You can’t accuse the new Toyota Crown of playing it safe with its looks. A cross between a large sedan and a high-riding SUV, the Crown is a 4-door hybrid that defies categorization. As a replacement for the Avalon, the quirky Crown serves up a hybrid-only range of powertrains, starting with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with 3 electric motors that produce 235 horsepower. Fuel economy is an impressive 42 mpg city and 41 mpg highway.

Fitted to the top-of-the-line Platinum trim is the Hybrid Max. It consists of a turbocharged 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with a single electric motor mounted at the rear axle. Output is a substantial 340 horsepower, but fuel economy is lower than with the base powertrain.

The interior includes a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, synthetic leather seating surfaces, 5 USB ports, and heated front seats. 

Shopping for a Used Crown?

The Toyota Crown is all-new for 2023, so there aren’t many used models available yet.

How We Ranked These Hybrids

At Carfax, data and value drive our vehicle rankings. We focused on their fuel efficiency and value to choose the best hybrid cars. Vehicles that delivered top mpg for a reasonable price placed highest.

These vehicles are practical in more ways than one. The best hybrid cars have comfortable interiors with loads of standard tech, comfort, and ADAS features. They also have roomy seating for five and plenty of cargo space for your gear. Hybrids are not the sportiest cars on the road, but some are more engaging. And hybrids are among the most reliable cars on the road, despite the extra technology they carry.

Our rankings are based on the latest models, but since many of these vehicles have remained unchanged from earlier years, our insights also apply to used models.

*We cite the EPA’s combined mpg range for each vehicle, which considers city and highway driving.

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