With constant advances in hybrid technology, the selection and quality of hybrid vehicles increases every year. As consumers realize the value of reducing emissions and saving money on fuel, sales of hybrid vehicles have been on the rise, too.
Aside from the long-term savings on fuel expenses, hybrid vehicles are also helping to preserve the planet. When you drive a hybrid, you burn less gas. As a result, you’ll produce fewer emissions and thereby contribute less CO2, a greenhouse gas, helping halt climate change.
Of course, the electricity isn’t free, and some of your electricity may come from a coal-powered grid. But, it’s important to remember that electric engines are far more efficient than combustion engines. That means that with an electric engine, you can go further on the same amount of fossil fuel, so when you plug in, you’re getting milage in a far more efficient manner.
Hybrids may see their best application in cities. In a city, where millions of cars are in close proximity, air quality degrades quickly as emissions are highly concentrated. Having lower emissions within the city will help keep them safe and livable.
In the end, these hybrid cars will mitigate your impact on the environment and your wallet. So, to make your decision on which vehicle to buy easier, here is a list of the top 10 hybrid vehicles for 2017.
- Toyota Prius Prime
Including the world’s most thermally efficient production engine, the new Prius will have an electric-only range of 33 miles and an EPA city/highway fuel economy of 55/53 mpg. Although it takes 11 seconds to get from 0-60, the Prime ranks highly based on efficiency and a reasonable base cost of $27,965.
- Chevrolet Volt
The 2017 Volt receives an EPA estimated range of 53 miles on electric power only, and the second longest electric range on this list. After the battery has been depleted, the Volt operates at a combined mpg of 42 in standard hybrid mode. A driver friendly car, the Volt speeds from 0-60 in 7.5 seconds and is well balanced on the road. Base models start at $34,095.
- Honda Accord Hybrid
Quiet and comfortable, the Accord Hybrid is an excellent daily driver. Although the Accord offers limited driving on electric alone, it’s a combined EPA mileage of 48 mpg proves that the Accord is no slouch. Base models start at around $30,440, but multiple trim levels are offered. A 0-60 time of 6.9 seconds is made possible by a 2-liter gas engine and an electric motor delivering a combined power rating of 212 hp.
- Ford C-Max Energi
With an expected EV range of 20 miles, the C-Max will deliver a combined 188 hp while maintaining an EPA-estimated city/highway fuel mileages of 42/38 mpg. Starting at $24,995, the C-Max is a great low-midrange price option.
- Kia Optima Hybrid
The Kia Optima is a large and practical; powered by a 2.0 litre gas engine and electric motor, the Optima SW produces a combined 193 hp. Its’ electric-only range is 33 miles, and has an EPA combined fuel-economy rating in the low 40’s. Starting at $27,000, the Optima Hybrid is an alternative to the Chevy Volt or Ford Fusion Hybrid.
- Ford Fusion Hybrid
With sleek bodywork and a thoughtfully designed interior, the Fusion is quick to turn heads. A 118 hp electric motor a 141 hp 2.0-liter gas engine propel the Fusion from 0-60 in just over 9 seconds and a combined EPA fuel economy of 42 mpg. The Fusion’s electric only range is 19mi, and prices start at $26,060.
- BMW i3
A more luxury oriented option, the BMW i3 uses only an electric motor, with an optional range-extending, gas-powered generator to extend the vehicle’s range on a charge. At 170 hp, the i3 will take you from 0-60 in 7 seconds and deliver 84 miles of electric-only driving, giving the i3 the longest electric range on the list. The starting price for an i3 with Range Extender is $48,445.
- Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Aimed at competing with Prius Plug-In, the Ioniq will go on sale in 2017. The hybrid model will receive a 104 hp gas engine and a 43 hp electric motor providing 31 miles of electric-only range. Hyundai is quick to point out the EPA highway rating of 59 mpg. Prices start at $23,035.
- VW e-Golf
VW’s best selling range, the Golf, will be updated with the e-Golf and Golf GTE model options for 2017. The Golf GTE will pack a 1.4 TSI gas engine and electric motor combine to produce 201 hp. The GTE will have an electric range of 31 miles and a 0-60 time of 7.5 seconds. Although they’ll likely be unavailable in the U.S., the GTE is surely a car to watch.
- Audi A3 Sportback e-tron
Although the Sportback only gives the user 16mi of electric-only range, the A3 still packs a usable 40 mpg. With 204 combined horsepower, the A3 is one of the quicker options on this list, enabling a 0-60 time of 6.5 seconds. You do pay for that speed, however, as the A3 starts at $39,825 with options quickly tallying up to more.