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10 Cheapest Hybrid Cars

These Affordable Hybrids Will Save You Money at the Pump

If you’re searching for a cheap new car, there’s a good chance you’d also benefit from saving money on gas. Who wouldn’t? These hybrid cars and SUVs all cost between $20,000 and $30,000, and they could save you hundreds of dollars per year on fuel costs. They’re listed from least-expensive to most. How We Ranked These Hybrid Cars

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1. 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid • $19,995

2022 Ford Maverick
2022 Ford Maverick / Credit: Ford
  • Price: $19,995
  • Fuel Economy: 37 mpg*
  • What We Like: Low starting price; hybrid powertrain is standard
  • What We Don’t: Base model is pretty bare; not as tough as its body-on-frame rivals

The all-new Maverick is a unibody truck that’s much smaller and less capable than other pickup trucks. Its bargain-basement starting price is hard to pass up, if you can find one at the dealer.

The base Maverick features a peppy and fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain that makes 191 horsepower. With the hybrid setup, it can tow up to 2,000 pounds. Inside, the Maverick is modern and attractive. It comes equipped with a straightforward infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a few ADAS features.

Shopping for a Used Maverick?

The Maverick is an all-new compact pickup truck for the 2022 model year. If you’re in the market for a used Ford truck and the F-150 is too big, consider a used Ranger.

2. 2022 Hyundai Ioniq • $23,600

2022 Hyundai Ioniq / Photo credit: Hyundai
  • Fuel Economy: 59 mpg*
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • What We Like: Great fuel economy; Available in hybrid and plug-in hybrid; large cargo area
  • What We Don’t: Interior not as nice as rivals

The Hyundai Ioniq is a slightly more affordable hybrid alternative to the Toyota Prius. It is available in hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. There was also a full-electric version, which has been replaced by the Ioniq 5. The most efficient version is the Ioniq Blue, which returns 59 combined mpg . The plug-in can go up to 29 miles on electric power and returns 52 mpg when that range is depleted. The Ioniq provides a generous 26.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. 

The interior in the Ioniq isn’t as nice as the Prius, but the layout is far more conventional. It also comes well equipped with standard features such as an 8-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless Android Auto, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a long list of standard advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS).

Shopping for a Used Ioniq?

The Hyundai Ioniq hybrid and electric variants were introduced for the 2017 model year. The plug-in hybrid was introduced in 2018. In 2020, the Ioniq received a styling update, inside and out. The electric version was discontinued for the 2022 model year.

3. 2022 Toyota Corolla Hybrid • $23,750

2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid
2022 Toyota Corolla Hybrid / Credit: Toyota
  • Fuel Economy: 52 mpg*
  • Body Styles: Sedan
  • What We Like: Strong reliability record; good crash-test scores
  • What We Don’t: Smaller than average

The Corolla Hybrid was all-new for the 2020 model year. It features first-rate fuel economy, impressive crash test ratings, a nice interior, and a comfortable ride. What’s more, this compact hybrid is loaded with up-to-date tech and ADAS features. The Corolla Hybrid does have some downsides. Its trunk is small and its powertrain is a bit weak for highway passing maneuvers.

Shopping for a Used Corolla Hybrid?

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 2020-2022 Corolla Hybrids will have similar styling and available features.

4. 2022 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid • $24,100

2022 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid
2022 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid / Credit: Hyundai
  • Fuel Economy: 54 mpg*
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • What We Like: Large interior; great gas mileage
  • What We Don’t: Not as nice inside as some rivals

The Hyundai Elantra Hybrid’s bold styling may not appeal to everyone, but it bests the fuel economy of rivals such as the Toyota Corolla Hybrid and Honda Insight. It also undercuts their base prices.

The cabin’s materials can feel low-grade at times, but it is outfitted with an easy-to-use touchscreen. The Elantra Hybrid is also packed with luxurious standard features, including wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto, heated front seats, and a hands-free trunk opener.

Shopping for a Used Elantra Hybrid?

The Elantra Hybrid was introduced for 2021, so used models will be hard to come by. Luckily, the nonhybrid Elantra is also quite fuel-efficient, and it is readily available on the used market.

5. 2022 Kia Niro • $24,690

2022 Kia Niro / Credit: Kia
  • Fuel Economy: 50 mpg*
  • Body Style: SUV
  • What We Like: Fantastic mpg; available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or EV
  • What We Don’t: 4-star crash-test rating

The Kia Niro is a fuel-conscious subcompact hybrid SUV that is 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 comes standard with wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto. Its 54.5 cubic feet of cargo space is so-so for the class and its hybrid powertrain feels sluggish. Upgraded trims gain wireless device charging, but ironically require a cable for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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 lightly updated in 2020 and wireless connectivity was added in 2021 as standard equipment.

6. 2022 Toyota Prius • $25,075

2021 Toyota Prius
2022 Toyota Prius / Credit: Toyota
  • Fuel Economy: 56 mpg*
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • What We Like: Large cargo area
  • What We Don’t: Small back seat; weak engine

The Toyota Prius is the standard-bearer for the hybrid car segment. It combines bold styling with a practical cabin and impressive fuel economy. The Prius is available with an eAWD system that adds an electric motor to power the rear wheels. The downside is that its engine makes just 121 horsepower, and drivers can certainly feel it. Most trims come with an intuitive 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa. The range-topping Limited swaps that out for an 11.6-inch touchscreen in a portrait layout. This larger screen is confusing and loses Android Auto capability. No matter which trim you select, the Prius has a tight rear seat thanks to its sloping roofline.

Shopping for a Used Prius?

The Toyota Prius has been on the market since 2001. The current fourth-generation model was introduced for the 2016 model year. The massive touchscreen became available in 2018 and the interior and exterior were updated in 2019. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay became standard features in 2020. Any model from 2019-2021 will look similar to the 2022 shown above.

7. 2022 Honda Insight • $25,760

2021 Honda Insight / Photo credit: Honda
  • Fuel Economy: 52 mpg*
  • Body Styles: Sedan
  • What We Like: Great crash-test scores; roomy
  • What We Don’t: Less fun to drive than the Civic

The Honda Insight was once a hatchback hybrid that looked more like the Toyota Prius, but Honda replaced it with this more spacious and upscale version. Essentially a hybrid version of the Civic sedan, the Insight provides a solid 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space and plenty of front-row passenger space, though it is tight on rear-seat headroom due to its sleek profile. Though it’s not the most agile small car, it more than makes up for it with terrific fuel economy. The Insight also comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Touring trim adds leather seating and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Both trims come standard with the Honda Sensing suite of high-tech ADAS features.

Shopping for a Used Insight?

2022 marks the final year of the third-generation Insight, which Honda will sunset starting later this year. This third generation of the hybrid was introduced for the 2019 model year. The first generation of the Insight was sold from 2000 to 2006, and the second generation was sold from 2010 to 2014.

8. 2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid • $27,350

2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid / Credit: Hyundai
  • Fuel Economy: 52 mpg*
  • Body Styles: Sedan
  • What We Like: Cool tech features
  • What We Don’t: Smaller-than-average rear seat; not as fun to drive as Accord or Camry Hybrids

The Sonata Hybrid has a unique shape and styling that help it stand out among a crowd of more traditional sedans. It also undercuts the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry Hybrids on price, and gets better mileage than the Accord Hybrid. Its rear seats aren’t as spacious as rivals, and it’s not very athletic, though it does deliver a nicely cushioned ride. The Sonata Hybrid comes equipped with 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 or 2021 Sonata Hybrid will be nearly identical to the current model.

9. 2022 Honda Accord Hybrid • $27,720

2020 Honda Accord Hybrid
2022 Honda Accord Hybrid / Credit: Honda
  • Fuel Economy: 47 mpg*
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • What We Like: Good handling; excellent crash-test ratings; huge back seat and trunk
  • What We Don’t: Not as fuel-efficient as Camry and Sonata Hybrids

The Accord Hybrid offers a welcome balance between fuel economy, comfort, and performance that’s not found in many midsize hybrid rivals. This Honda features peppy acceleration around the city and impressive handling. It has a handsome interior with roomier rear seats and a larger trunk than classmates.

A 212-horsepower hybrid powertrain with a 4-cylinder engine and 2 electric motors powers the Accord Hybrid. An 8-inch touchscreen, smartphone connectivity, and the Honda Sensing suite of ADAS features come standard.

Shopping for a Used Accord Hybrid?

The Honda Accord Hybrid is part of a generation that debuted for the 2018 model year, and there have been few changes since, aside from feature availability. Save money by searching for a 2018-2021 used Accord Hybrid.

10. 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid • $27,980

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid / Photo Credit: Toyota
2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid / Photo Credit: Toyota
  • Fuel Economy: 52 mpg*
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • 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 good 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. Even the base trim comes with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, a Wi-Fi hot spot, 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 2021.

How We Ranked These Hybrid Cars

The cheapest hybrid vehicles are ranked by their 2022 MSRP, excluding destination, tax, and other applicable fees.

Hybrid technology has improved considerably over the years, and hybrid car prices have dropped. Many of these cars perform much like traditional gas-only vehicles, they come packed with standard features, and they’re safe, practical, and environmentally friendly. In some cases, hybrid vehicles offer better performance than gas cars thanks to the instant torque that comes from their hybrid powertrain.

To give you an idea of what you get for your money, we also provide a brief summary of each vehicle’s strengths, weaknesses, and features.

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

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