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The one consumer decision most people make which impacts the greatest on the environment is the choice of car we drive.  
  Hybrid Cars offer drivers an innovative, efficient, and affordable option. After years of 'on the road' development, gas-electric hybrid cars have become a practical choice for consumers. The Toyota Prius, the most successful mass-market hybrid and the best-selling hybrid car, is now in its sixteenth year on the US market. Most automakers today are now following suit, with hybrid versions of popular models in planning stages or now in production.  


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A hybrid car features a small fuel-efficient gas engine combined with an electric motor that assists the engine when accelerating. The electric motor is powered by batteries that recharge automatically while you drive.

There are two types of gasoline-electric hybrid cars: the parallel hybrid and the series hybrid. In a parallel hybrid car, a gasoline engine and an electric motor work together to move the car forward, while in a series hybrid the gasoline engine either directly powers an electric motor that powers the vehicle or charges batteries that will power the motor.

Hybrid cars also gain efficiency from:

Smaller and more efficient engines.
Regenerative braking - the electric motor that drives the hybrid can also slow the car. In this mode, the electric motor acts as a generator and charges the batteries while the car is slowing down.
Periodic engine shut off - when a hybrid car is stopped in traffic, the engine is temporarily shut off. It restarts automatically when put back into gear.
Advanced aerodynamics - to reduce drag
Low-rolling resistance (LLR) tires
- narrow, stiffer tires have less drag
Lightweight materials - increases the efficiency of hybrid cars.

Hybrid cars cost more than their non-hybrid counterparts, but due to steady gains in technology, the hybrid price premium is coming down. New affordable hybrid sedans, and improved versions of existing hybrids, are expected to at least double hybrid market share in just five years, from about 2.5 percent in 2010 to 5 percent or higher today.

A more recent development in hybrid technology is "plug-in" hybrid cars. These models offer the same benefits as hybrid cars, with the added benefit of being able to be plugged in to home electric outlets for recharging when the car is not in use. This extends the range for the"electric-only" driving mode, leading to increased mileage and fuel savings.


The hybrid cars listed here, and shown below on this page, are now available in North America. (The list is not complete.) There are also 'mild-hybrid' models which are not on this list due to their lower fuel economy ratings.

  Toyota Rav4 Hybrid
Chevy Malibu Hybrid
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius V and C
Toyota Camry Hybrid

Kia Optima Hybrid
Ford C-Max Hybrid


Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Minivan
Ford Fusion Hybrid

Lexus 250h Hybrid
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Lexus 450h Hybrid SUV

Toyota Avalon Hybrid
Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV
Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid SUV
*Ford Escape Hybrid SUV
*Saturn Vue Hybrid
*Saturn Aura Hybrid

*Honda Accord Hybrid
*Nissan Altima Hybrid
*Honda Civic Hybrid
*Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
*
no longer being built
 
 


HYBRID CARS IN THE NEWS

6 Dec 2016 - Toyota to ramp up hybrid efforts to go greener, faster
5 Dec 2017 - 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is by far America's most fuel efficient minivan
10 Nov 2016 - Toyota launches hybrid car production
27 Oct 2016 - China embraces hybrid cars in pivot from plug-in only path
24 Oct 2016 - Electric cars will see off hybrid rivals within years
21 Oct 2016 - How does a hybrid car work?
18 Oct 2016 - Five cool things about the 2917 Toyota Prius Prime
7 Oct 2016 - Porsche back-burners development of a 911 hybrid
5 Oct 2016 - For Exxon, hybrid car technology was another road not taken
22 Jul 2016 - Mercedes Benz considering to introduce hynrid and plug-in hybrid cars in India
21 Jul 2016 - Do hybrid cars make financial sense?



 
2017 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

4 door/5 seat compact crossover
Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
Mileage (city/highway)): 34/31mpg, 33 combined
Range per fillup: max. 492.9 mi.
2017 US Base Retail Price: from $27,910
Toyota Rav4 Hybrid
Features
4.2-inch TFT information screen in the gauge cluster
7" touch screen
All-around View Monitor
70 cubic ft. of cargo space

Safety Sense suite of technologies

Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
Rear-view camera
Bluetooth enabled
Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control

Bluetooth wireless data link for hands-free phone
Specifications 
194-hp, 2.5 liter 4 cylinder, 112 hp @ 5,700 rpm (194 system horsepower), 206 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
105 kW electric motor, generates 194 total system hp and 206 lb-ft of system torque
Front-wheel drive; Electronic On-Demand AWD
Battery: 245 V nickel-hydride
Fuel Capacity/Type Required: 15.9 gallons (50 liters) / Regular Unleaded
P225/65R17 tires; Brakes: Power-assisted ventilated front disc/rear drum with Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)

17" x 6.5" aluminum alloy wheels; All-Season Radials

 
2017 Chevy Malibu Hybrid

4 door/5 seat sedan
Transmission: Continuously variable automatic
Mileage (city/highway): 49 / 43
Range per fillup (city/highway): 637 / 559
2017 US Base Retail Price: from $27,875
Honda Accord Hybrid
Features
Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7" diagonal color touch-screen
Apple CarPlay available; Android Auto compatibility

Push-button start and passive entry
Exhaust Gas Heat Recovery system

Available: Satellite linked navigation w/ voice recognition

Active grille shutters, LED Daytime Running Lamps
10 airbags
SiriusXM Satellite Radio
LATCH system for child safety seats

StabiliTrak with brake assist, includes Traction Control
Specifications 
Ecotec 1.8-liter hybrid-optimized direct-injected engine, paired with a Voltec two-motor electric drive unit
Combined maximum 182 hp with 277 lb-ft of torque
 
1.5-kilowatt hour lithium ion battery
Rack-mounted electric rack-and-pinion power steering
Brakes: four-wheel disc w/ABS (w/ESC) and brake pre-fill

Tires: P225/55 R17 on 17-inch aero-style aluminum alloy wheels; All-Season Radials
 
2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

4 door/5 seat sedan
Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
Mileage (mpg): 39 city/ 45 hwy
Range per fillup: 619 miles
2017 US Base Retail Price:
from $26,000
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Features
Single-zone automatic climate control
AM/FM/XM/6-CD changer/MP3 audio system with six speakers
BlueLink communication system for vehicle protection
Eco Level scoring system displays efficiency status
4.2-inch LCD provides hybrid system information

Back-up camera (Premium model)
Touch screen navigation with 7" hi-res screen (option)
Panoramic sunroof (Premium model)
Hands-Free Calling
Theft Deterrent System
Specifications 
2.0-liter DOHC direct-injected four-cylinder engine with 154 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque
Electric traction motor rated at 51 horsepower,151 pound-feet torque. Combined 193 horsepower
1.62 kWh Lithium-ion polymer battery (lighter than lithium-ion batteries)
Electric power-assisted rack and pinion steering, regenerative braking and a start-stop system for the gasoline engine
Fuel Capacity/Type Required: 17.2 gallons (65 liters) / Regular Unleaded

17" Eco-Spoke alloy wheels; MacPherson-strut front suspension and multilink rear
 
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid

4 door/5 seat sedan
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage (mpg): 39 city/ 46 hwy
Range per fillup (miles) : 600+
2017 US Base Retail Price: from $25,995
Kia Optima Hybrid
Features
New front grille design, front LED lights
Voice-command, touchscreen radio control
Vehicle smart key; auto-dim rear view mirror
UVO infotainment system
iPod USB connectivity; Bluetooth


Automatic engine shut-off, restart
Hill holder control
Vehicle stability management system
Front dam air flap reduces wind resistance
Active eco-system regulates engine management

Specifications 
Theta 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, with 40hp 270-volt electric motor
Front-wheel drive, 192 horsepower; 195 foot-pounds torque
Clutch packs enable the Optima to operate under electric-only, gasoline-only, or both
270 V Lithium polymer battery pack
Aluminum alloy body, front and rear crumple zones, side-impact door beams, anti-lock braking system

LLR Tires: 215/60 R16 16" Lightweight Alloy; All-Season Radials

 
2017 Toyota Prius

4 door/5 seat sedan w/ liftback
Transmission: CVT automatic
Mileage (mpg): 54 city/ 50 hwy
Range per fillup: 570 miles
2017 US Base Retail Price: from $24,685
Toyota Prius
Features
6.1" touch screen display w/ USB, Bluetooth, audio streaming
Traffic reports integrated with DVD-based navigation system
Voice-activated navigation; "text to speech"
Four-disc CD changer, MP3 CD support; 8 JBL speakers

Backup camera, adaptive cruise control, Blind Spot Monitor

Rain-sensing windshield wipers
Driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System
Graphic display of steering wheel button settings
Intelligent Parking Assist
Heated/cooled seats: Solar roof option; Remote A/C
Specifications (North American model)
1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder with hybrid system; Horsepower: 121 (gas-electric combined)
Hybrid Synergy Drive system with two motor-generators that can power the car solely on electricity
0.75-kWh lithium-ion pack, giving it a nominal 11 miles of electric range in EPA testing
Multi-point EFI with Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence
Fuel Capacity/Type Required: 11.9 gallons (46 liters) / Regular Unleaded
Brakes: Power-assisted ventilated front disc/rear drum with standard Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
Wheels:15-in. 6-spoke alloy wheels with P185/65R15 tires
 
2017 Toyota Prius V

4 door/5 seat midsize wagon
Transmission: CVT automatic
Mileage (mpg): 43/39
Range per fillup: 490 miles
2017 US Base Retail Price: from $26,675
Toyota Prius V
Features
6.1" touch screen display w/ USB, Bluetooth (trim level 3+)
Traffic reports integrated with DVD-based navigation system
Voice-activated navigation; "text to speech"
Entune next-generation multi-media system

Backup camera, adaptive cruise control, Blind Spot Monitor

4.2-inch TFT info screen between gauges(trim level 3+)
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
Graphic display of steering wheel button settings
Satellite radio; Bluetooth phone interface
50% more interior space than standard Prius
Specifications
98 hp 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder with 80hp electric motor; Horsepower: 134 (gas-electric combined)
Available in three trim levels, which Toyota dubs Prius V Two, Prius V Three, Prius V Five
Multi-point EFI with Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence
Fuel Capacity/Type Required: 11.9 gallons (46 liters) / Regular Unleaded
Brakes: Power-assisted ventilated front disc/rear drum with standard Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
Wheels:16-in. (with 17" option) 10-spoke alloy wheels with P185/65R15 tires
 
2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid

4 door/5 passenger MAV (multi activity hybrid)
Transmission: eCVT automatic
Mileage (mpg): 42 / 37 city/hwy
Range per fillup: up to 634 miles
2017 US Base Retail Price: from $24,120
Ford C-Max Hybrid
Features
New gear-selector dial replaces traditional shifter
2 12-volt power outlets, 110-volt power point
SmartGauge instrument cluster with EcoGuide
6-disc in-dash CD, MP3-playback, Sirius Satellite Radio

Sync-equipped for voice-controlled audio

SecuriCode keyless entry pad, SecuriLock anti-theft
Reverse Sensing System
Speed-sensitive windshield wipers
Advancetrac with RSC®, all-speed traction control
SOS Post-Crash Alert System™
Specifications
2.0L Atkinson-Cycle I-4 Hybrid Engine , Permanent magnet AC motor , 195 total system horsepower
Horsepower (SAE net at rpm): 141 @ 6000 rpm (91 RON) ; Torque: 129 @ 4000 rpm (91 RON) 
2014+ models feature gearing changes that result in a more efficient transmission drive ratio
Electric Power-Assisted Steering, All-Wheel Drive. AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™)
Brakes: Power Front/Rear Disc, with Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) and Regenerative Braking System

Fuel Capacity/Type Required: 13.5 gallons / Regular Unleaded
Tires: P225/50VR17 all-season BSW tires, 17" aluminum alloy wheels, Tire pressure monitoring system
 
2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

4 door/5 passenger midsize sedan
Transmission: eCVT automatic
Mileage (mpg): 43 / 41 city/hwy
Range per fillup: up to 700 in-town miles
2017 US Base Retail Price: from $26,675
Ford Fusion Hybrid
Features
Dual-zone automatic temperature control
2 12-volt power outlets, 110-volt power point
SmartGauge instrument cluster with EcoGuide
6-disc in-dash CD, MP3-playback, Sirius Satellite Radio

8.0-inch touchscreen runs the Sync 3 audio, phone, navigation

SecuriCode keyless entry pad, SecuriLock anti-theft
Rear view camera; available Active Park Assist
BLIS Blind Spot Information System
Fold-down fold-flat front passenger seat
EasyFuel capless refuel filler system

Specifications 
2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder,118-horsepower AC electric motor
Horsepower (SAE net at rpm): 141 hp at 6,000 rpm; Torque: 136 @ 4500
Lithium-ion battery pack

Electric Power-Assisted Steering, All-Wheel Drive
4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes; AdvanceTrac (ESC) w/brake activated traction control

Fuel Capacity/Type Required: 17.5 gallons / Regular Unleaded
Tires: P225/50VR17 all-season BSW tires, 17" 15-spoke aluminum wheels, Tire pressure monitoring system
 
2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid

4 door/5 passenger midsize sedan
Transmission: CVT automatic
Mileage (mpg): 42 city/ / 38 hwy
Range per fillup: 585 miles
2017 US Base Retail Price: from $26,790
Toyota Camry Hybrid
Features
8-way power driver’s seat including power lumbar
4.2-inch TFT multi information display
EV button for driving short distances on electric
Tire-pressure monitor system
Entune Audio Plus entertainment system 

Choice of LE, SE and XLE trims
PlasmaclusterTM ionizer cabin air purifier
“ECO” button limits HVAC energy consumption
Wireless smartphone charging system
GPS navigation unit (optional)
Specifications
Twin cam, 2.5L inline four-cylinder 2AZ-FXE Atkinson-cycle engine, which generates 156 hp at 5700rpm
Horsepower: 200 net (gas-electric combined)
Compact nickel-metal hydride battery pack allows for 13.1 cu. ft. trunk space
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.
Brakes: Power-assisted ventilated 4-wheel disc brakes with standard Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
Tires: LRR Michelin
17" All-Season Radials; Wheels: 17"aluminum alloy
 
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybr. Minivan

4 door/7 passenger minivan
Transmission: eFlite electrically variable transmission
Mileage (mpg): 32 city/ / hwy; 84 MPGe in electric-only mode
Range per fillup: 566 miles
2017 US Base Retail Price: from $34,495 after tax credits
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Minivan
Features
Offered in two trim levels, Premium and Platinum
iPad-compatible storage drawer
USB ports for charging devices, HDMI connectivity
Forward-collision, lane-departure warning and mitigation
Uconnect Theater system with twin 10" seatback touchscreens

360-degree camera view
Hands-free operation of sliding doors and liftgate
Automatic parallel and perpendicular parking
Onboard vacuum cleaner
2-hour recharge time with 240-volt Level 2 charger
Specifications
3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine mated to a twin-electric-motor setup
Total system output: 260 horsepower, 262 pound-feet of torque
16-kWh Lithium-ion battery pack; comes with a 110-volt charging cord for plug-in charging
eFlite EVT technology key to efficiency, employs dual-motor/one-way clutch strategy
The tachometer has been replaced by a charge indicator;
full-digital gauge cluster available as option
Brakes: Power-assisted ventilated 4-wheel disc brakes with standard Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
17- or 18-inch wheels designed for improved aerodynamics; optional 20-inch wheels
 
2017 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid

4 door/5 seat luxury SUV
Transmission: 2-speedCVT w/OD and auto-manual
Mileage (mpg): 32city/ 28hwy
Range per fillup: 450 - 530 miles
2017 US Base Retail Price: from $53,035
Lexus RX  hybrid
Features
Blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert
Lexus 9-speaker sound system, 6-disk CD
Push-button start; Power tilt and slide moon roof
Transceiver to operate garage doors, lights
Part-time all-wheel drive (AWD); adaptive cruise control

Smartphone-integrated GPS navigation system
XM Nav, Traffic, Weather; standard Bluetooth
Lexus Memory System for mirrors, seat, wheel
Pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection
Lane departure warning with steering assist
Specifications
3.5-liter V6 engine w/ Atkinson Cycle valve timing; front and rear high-output,
permanent-magnet electric-drive motors
Available in FWD and AWD versions; Horsepower: 308 total system horsepower
Exhaust-heat recovery system that reduces engine warm-up time
Steering: Rack-and-pinion with electric power assist

Fuel Capacity/Type Required: 17.2 gallons (65 liters) / Regular Unleaded 87 octane
Brakes: Four-wheel power-assisted disc brakes with regenerative function
Wheels/Tires: 19-in alloy wheels with 235/55VR18 all-season tires
 
2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

4 door/5 seat midsize luxury sedan
Transmission: CVT push-button automatic
Mileage (mpg): 41city/ 39hwy
Range per fillup: 630 miles
2017 US Base Retail Price: from $35,170

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Features
SYNC entertainment/communication system
SmartGauge with EcoDrive LCD instrumentation
Leather heated power driver and passenger seats
Satellite radio and dual-zone electronic climate control
8 airbags with knee airbags for both driver and passenger

LED Head and Tail lights, Adaptive Headlamps
Securilock ignition disable system
MyKey restricted driving system
Retractable panoramic roof
Push button Start and Shift
Specifications
2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder,118-horsepower AC electric motor
Combined system rating of 188 horsepower and 129 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Lithium-ion battery pack

Electric Power-Assisted Steering, All-Wheel Drive
Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) adaptive suspension

Fuel Capacity/Type Required: 14 gallons / Regular Unleaded
Tires: 245/ 45VR18.0, 18" aluminum wheels, Tire pressure monitoring system
 
2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

4 door/5 seat full-size luxury sedan; three trim levels
Transmission: CVT automatic
Mileage (city/hwy): 40/39
Range per fillup: 580 miles
2017 US Base Retail Price: from $37, 250
Toyota Avalon Hybrid
Features
“Optitron” gauge cluster and large center console
Touch sensitive 7 inch display and pads
Newly standard backup camera
Tri-zone automatic climate control with rear controls
Entune™ Audio Plus with Connected Navigation App

Smart Key System with Push Button Start
Power tilt/slide moonroof w/ sunshade
Low tire pressure warning
Leather seats, heated front bucket seats
Xenon headlights with LEDs
Specifications
2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and permanent magnet AC synchronous electric motor
Horsepower: 200 net (gas-electric combined)
Compact nickel-metal hydride battery pack allows for 13.1 cu. ft. trunk space

Speed-sensing steering, paddle shifters
Fuel Capacity/Type Required: 17.2 gallons (63 liters) / Regular Unleaded
Brakes: Power-assisted ventilated 4-wheel disc brakes with standard Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)

Tires: 215/55VR17.0 BSW, 17 x 7.0 in. alloy wheels
 
2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

4 door/7 seat SUV - 4 trim levels
Transmission: 2-speed CVT w/OD
Mileage (city/hwy): 30 / 28
Range per fillup: 450 - 550 miles
2017 US Base Retail Price: from $36, 270
Toyota Highlander hybrid
Features
Power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade
Entune infotainment system, 8" touch-screen, USB
3.5" multi-function display w/ backup camera
12-speaker JBL audio system; XM radio
Adaptive cruise control; lane-departure alert; automatic high beams

Collision warning with pedestrian detection
Color-keyed heated foldable power outside mirrors
4-Wheel Drive with intelligence (4WD-i) (optional)
HomeLink®5 universal transceiver
Bluetooth connectivity, navigation

Specifications
3.5-liter double overhead cam V6 gas motor
; torque @ rpm: 231 @ 5,800
Horsepower: 306 total system horsepower
Steering: Electronic power steering (EPS) - rack-and-pinion with power assist
Fuel Capacity/Type Required: 17.2 gallons (65 liters) / Regular Unleaded
Brakes: Electronically controlled braking system with ABS and electronic brake distribution
Wheels/Tires: 19-in. split 5-spoke aluminum alloy wheels with P245/55R19 all-season tires

 
2016 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

4 door/7 seat SUV
Transmission: Xtronic CVT
Mileage (city/hwy): 25/28 mpg
Range per fillup: 490 miles
2016 US Base Retail Price: $35,110
Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid SUV
Features
4 - camera "Around View Monitor"
Tri-Zone entertainment system with three screens (option)
Touch screen monitor
Heated steering wheel, heated and cooled seats
Intelligent Key lets you lock by tapping handle or hatch

Reclining third-row seats
79.8 cu ft cargo space when seats folded down
Under-floor storage area keeps valuables out of sight
Navigation system with voice guidance (option)
Bluetooth hands-free phone
Specifications
2.5-liter Inline 4 cylinder motor/15 kW electric motor
; torque 243 ft. lbs.
Horsepower: 250 total system horsepower. 3500 lb. towing capacity
Intelligent Dual Clutch System efficiently manages power from both the electric motor and the engine.
Traction Control System, Vehicle Dynamic Control
Fuel Capacity/Type Required: 19.5 gallons / Regular Unleaded
Brakes: Electronically controlled braking system with ABS and electronic brake distribution
Wheels/Tires: 18" x 7.5" aluminum-alloy wheels; P235/65R18 all-season tires
Hyrbid Car Upcoming Trends

- Honda will discontinue the Civic Hybrid. While a new Accord hybrid will debut for 2016, there will be no plug-in version of that vehicle until 2018.

- Volkswagon is discontinuing the Jetta Hybrid, with 2016 being the last madel year.

- Nissan is discontinuing the Hybrid version of the Pathfinder for model year 2017.


Hybrid Car Links


Electric Drive Transportation Association
Information about electric vehicles, events, emissions, environmental impacts and more.
FuelEconomy.gov - side by side comparisons
Related Pages

The Top 10 Fuel-efficient Cars of 2010 - According to the EPA's new ranking system for fuel-eficiency.
Plug-in Cars - The new models of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) currently in development.
Fuel-Efficient Driving - You can boost the overall fuel-efficiency of your car as much as 30% by simple vehicle maintenance and attention to your style of driving.
Car Sharing - Get around town in a shared car, and save yourself the costs of car ownership.