10 Best Hybrid Cars Under $30,000 (2015)
Fuel prices may have dropped from their peak highs, but staying focused on fuel economy is always a smart move. This year's list of affordable, fuel-sipping standouts features a selection of roomy midsize sedans, an all-wheel drive option and one model that starts right around $20,000 -- and delivers 53 mpg on the highway. Starting with a longer list of all the hybrid cars available for under $30,000, here we've hand-picked the 10 best of 2015.
The only car on this list to offer the all-weather advantages of all-wheel drive, Subaru's versatile Crosstrek Hybrid matches hybrid fuel economy with hatchback flexibility and high ground clearance.
City/highway/combined fuel economy: 30/34/31 mpg
The sportiest, most fun-to-drive car on this year's list is actually the only hybrid you can get with a manual transmission. But opting for the automatic transmission nets you 5 more miles per gallon in city driving.
City/highway/combined fuel economy: 36/39/37 mpg
Toyota's smallest hybrid is also its most efficient, boasting best-in-class highway fuel economy of 53 mpg. It's also the most affordable car here: pricing starts at just over $20,000, and even a well-equipped top-of-the-line model stickers around $25,000.
City/highway/combined fuel economy: 53/46/50 mpg
The C-Max Hybrid doesn't offer all the versatility, cargo volume or efficiency of the Toyota Prius V, but it's more fun to drive and arguably more interesting to look at.
City/highway/combined fuel economy: 42/37/40 mpg
Our Small Car Best Buy for 2015, Honda's venerable and ever-appealing compact car is also available with an efficient hybrid powertrain.
City/highway/combined fuel economy: 44/47/45 mpg
The Fusion Hybrid is more than just a pretty face: underneath the sedan's striking sheetmetal lies an efficiency-focused sedan. But it's also one of the most fun-to-drive hybrid midsize sedans you can get.
City/highway/combined fuel economy: 44/41/42 mpg
The Prius V matches the cargo capacity of a small SUV with fuel economy that an SUV could only dream of.
City/highway/combined fuel economy: 44/40/42 mpg
The 2015 Camry Hybrid uses the same reliable gas-electric system as it did in 2014, but for the new model year, it gets new styling, a redesigned interior and more creature comforts. It also has more standard equipment, making it an even better value.
City/highway/combined fuel economy: 43/39/41 mpg
The Accord Hybrid is everything you like about the Accord and then some. This sedan offers first-rate driving dynamics, brisk power delivery and the convenience and space of a midsize sedan, with astounding fuel economy that rivals that of smaller hatchback hybrids.
City/highway/combined fuel economy: 50/45/47 mpg
Toyota's mainstream hybrid set the stage for the rest of the hybrid market, making it easier to skip trips to the gas station. The top car on our list is the best-selling hybrid on the market -- and ever -- thanks to its unbeatable combination of practicality, efficiency, reliability and value.
City/highway/combined fuel economy: 51/48/50 mpg