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10 Best Hybrid Cars to Buy in 2020

Updated: Feb 10, 2020

The Hybrid Vehicle Market was estimated to be 3,687 thousand units in 2017 and is projected to reach 7,593 Thousand Units by 2025, at a CAGR of 8.94% during the forecast period. The market is primarily driven by the benefits offered by hybrid vehicles, such as better fuel efficiency, increased driving range, and low emission. Rising demand for mid- and large-sized PHEV and NGV cars, government initiatives pertaining to hybrid vehicles are likely to further boost the global market.

Hybrid cars are becoming more popular and more common. Basically, a hybrid car is one that uses two or more engines i.e. an electric motor and a conventional engine (either petrol or diesel). The electric engine powers the car at lower speeds and the gas engine powers it at higher speeds. A hybrid car like Toyota Prius and Civic Hybrid not only conserves fuel but also produces less CO2 emissions. 

They can prove to be expensive based on the high initial sale price and higher maintenance costs while poorer handling and presence of high voltage batteries pose a predicament too. But in a nutshell, the pros outweigh the cons.

They come in a great variety ranging from family hatchbacks, SUVS, MPG and plug-in hybrids to luxury sedans, crossovers, 4x4s and sports hybrids.

But we have simplified the list of top 10 options for you:

1- Toyota Camry hybrid (2020)

⦁ EPA estimated mpg: 51 city/53 highway

In its super-efficient LE trim, the Camry Hybrid returns excellent fuel economy for a midsize hybrid sedan with easy-to-drive nature and a usable interior that features logically laid-out controls. It accelerates slightly faster than the standard four-cylinder Camry as well; but infotainment remains a weak point. Furthermore, the brakes feel funky in stop-and-go traffic. The hybrid is a strong all-rounder and an undeniable value. 

2- Honda Accord Hybrid (2020)

⦁ EPA estimated mpg: 48 city/48 highway

The Accord is one of our favorite midsize sedans, combining huge passenger space with a high-quality interior, a refined ride and the latest technology features. Furthermore, the Accord Hybrid returns excellent gas mileage, and is quiet and smooth around town. On the downside, the hybrid powertrain can sound unrefined when pushed.

3- Toyota Avalon Hybrid (2020)

⦁ EPA estimated mpg: 43 city / 44 highway

This wraps a more aggressive skin around a spacious and upscale cabin, and the Avalon Hybrid adds a ton of efficiency. We're impressed with how smooth and premium the Avalon Hybrid feels on the road. If you're looking for extra space for people and cargo without moving up to an SUV, this large sedan delivers.

4- Toyota Prius (2020)

⦁ EPA estimated mpg: 58 city / 53 highway

The big daddy of the hybrid car scene, the Prius is the original and - some would argue - the best. Look past its wilfully divisive, Marmitey styling and you’re left with an extremely clever family car.

5- Honda Insight (2020)

⦁ EPA estimated mpg: 55 city / 49 highway

We're fans of the new Insight's handsome styling and comfortable cabin, and we appreciate its relatively quick acceleration. But it's the fuel economy figures that impress us the most — achieving well over 50 mpg should be easy peasy for many drivers. Combining these positives with plenty of space for passengers, a long list of standard safety features and an affordable price tag, the 2020 Insight measures up well against any hybrid.

6- Toyota Corolla Hybrid (2020)

⦁ EPA estimated mpg: 53 city / 52 highway

Toyota has given its mid-sized five-door hatchback and estate a substantial reworking – including a new 2.0-liter, performance-focused engine – so much so that it’s dug up the most popular badge in the world to affix to its boot lid. It's another in the company's growing band of self-charging hybrids that you'll never have to plug in; the battery is topped up by the engine and energy wasted during braking or coasting downhill. It's clever stuff.

7- Hyundai Ioniq (2019)

⦁ EPA estimated mpg: 57 city / 59 highway

As first attempts go, the Ioniq’s dedicated economy-car treatment is a pretty solid and inoffensive-looking one. The hybrid version earns its spurs by being practical, frugal and affordable, but if it is a rounded, polished, uncompromised drive you're after, look elsewhere.

8- Chevrolet Bolt (2020)

⦁ EPA estimated mpg: 42 combined

The Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid hatchback wins points for its good infotainment system, practical trunk, and smooth driving characteristics. But the Volt's headline feature is its astonishing electric-only range, which exceeds 50 miles. Among plug-in hybrids, there's nothing else like it. One trade-off is that it's not as efficient in gas-electric hybrid mode as some competitors.

9- Ford Fusion Hybrid (2020)

⦁ EPA estimated mpg: 43 city / 41 highway

The trusty Fusion just keeps on doing what it has always done well – and that’s ride and handle, and plenty won’t even know there’s a petrol-electric version in both saloon and estate guises. The fourth-generation car gives the big Ford a more striking look and a more impressive interior compared with previous iterations, although the cabin is still short on perceived quality next to the car’s closest opponents.

10- Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (2019)

⦁ EPA estimated mpg: 40 city / 46 highway

It's a comfortable, practical sedan, but it lags behind many rivals in notable areas such as fuel economy and cargo capacity.

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