The Best Hybrid Sedans


When the first hybrids were introduced, many people pronounced them “science experiments”. Of course, so were radio and television at one point. Just like those now indispensable appliances, the hybrid automobile has become an integral aspect of modern life. The best hybrid sedans combine reliability with value and style. In this category, good fuel economy is a pretty much a given, so performance potential becomes a useful yardstick as well.

Acura RLX Sport Hybrid

Despite its conservative styling, there’s a lot of strong tech going on under the sheetmetal of the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid. Three electric motors, a seven-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive and a 3.5-liter V6 comprise the powertraiin. Total system output is 377 horsepower. Fuel economy is rated at 30 mpg overall, which for a full-size luxury sedan is quite good. Standard features include a head-up display, smart windshield wipers, adaptive cruise control, triple-zone automatic climate control, lane departure intervention, and forward collision mitigation with automatic braking.

Ford Fusion Hybrid

Landing solidly within the category of the best hybrid sedans, the Ford Fusion Hybrid delivers 40+ mpg in a package graced with handsome styling, an abundance of comfort and convenience features, and good performance. Total system output of the front-drive hybrid is 188 horsepower. Generated from a 2.0-liter inline four and an electric motor, it’s routed through a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control and Ford’s Sync voice activated communications and entertainment system. Optional features include automated parking, smart cruise control, and lane keeping assist—in addition to forward collision warning and collision mitigation.

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

With the redesign of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, the model has been propelled into the ranks of the best hybrid sedans. Along with more elegant styling for its interior and exterior, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has a newfound level of refinement. Overall fuel economy is rated at 42 mpg for the hybrid system, which is comprised of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine teamed with an electric motor and a six-speed automatic transmission. Total system output is 193 horsepower. Standard features include keyless entry and ignition, dual zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, automatic headlights, heated exterior rearview mirrors, and cruise control.

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

The sleek Lincoln mid-size luxury four-door is the only car on this list of the best hybrid sedans to be offered at the same price as its standard counterpart. With a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine teamed with an electric motor, front-wheel drive, and a continuously variable transmission, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid offers a total of 188 horsepower and 40 mpg combined. Standard features include an eight-inch touchscreen housing the Sync voice-activated infotainment system, adaptive suspension, and LED headlights. Options include automated parking.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

Given its maker, you’ve probably already surmised performance is a priority for the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. So is exceptional opulence and—believe it or not—fuel economy. The 680-horsepower Porsche Hybrid is a plug-in, which gives it approximately 20 miles of range on electric power alone. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid earns a 41 MPGe combind fuel economy rating when this is taken into consideration.

Toyota Camry Hybrid

Whether you’re shuttling the family around town or making daily commutes to work, the Camry Hybrid is an exceptional choice. Boasting excellent fuel economy, the Hybrid’s base model is rated at an amazing 51 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway. All Camry Hybrids are powered with an exuberant 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor to deliver 208 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard — as is front wheel drive.

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

With sky high fuel economy ratings, the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is a solid green ride that will save you money at the pump. Seating up to five people, the Hyundai is a compact hatchback that feels larger, thanks to its airy cabin. Ioniq occupants, even those on the taller side, will have sufficient head-and legroom to move about. Front and rear comfort are good as well. A 1.6-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine under the hood is teamed with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack to produce 139 horsepower. The front wheels are driven through a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. Posting some of the best fuel economy numbers of any hybrid on the road, the standard Ioniq Hybrid gets up to 57 mpg in the city and 59 mpg on the highway.

Toyota Prius

Toyota has updated its tried and true trailblazer with a roomier cabin, upscale interior appointments, sporty exterior styling and all-wheel drive. Seating five, the best-selling hybrid continues to check all the right boxes, especially when it comes to fuel efficiency, where the Prius remains leader of the hybrid pack. Standard features include cloth upholstery and an infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch-screen. The powertrain consists of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) delivering 121 horsepower. Fuel economy is rated at 58 mpg in the city and 53 on the highway.

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