10 Best Hybrid Cars Under $30,000
We've been enjoying average national gas prices in the low two-dollar range since the beginning of 2015, but history has taught us change can happen fast. So while the penalty for buying big and thirsty isn't what it was a few years ago, staying lean and green is never a bad idea. In addition to several roomy midsize sedans, this year's list of cost- and fuel-efficient standouts includes two options that start right around $20,000 -- one of them a sporty two-seater -- a redesigned champ and, for the first time, an SUV. All of them qualified as available for under $30,000 according to Kelley Blue Book Fair Market Range as of May 2016.
It isn’t fast enough for gearheads or efficient enough for hyper-milers, but the sporty, two-seat CR-Z is one of the most fun to drive and most affordable cars on this list, with a starting sticker price of just $21,130.
City/highway/combined fuel economy: 36/39/37 mpg
Sneaking onto this list with a Kelley Blue Book Fair Market Range that starts just under $30,000, the most affordable Lexus is a mix of Prius power, hatchback versatility and badge appeal.
City/highway/combined fuel economy: 43/40/42 mpg
Toyota's smallest hybrid combines impressive highway fuel economy of 53 mpg with a starting sticker price of just over $20,000. Even a well-equipped top-of-the-line model can be had for less than $26,000.
City/highway/combined fuel economy: 53/46/50 mpg
Underneath this Fusion’s head-turning sheetmetal lies a gas-electric hybrid powertrain that delivers in-town fuel economy of 44 mpg.
City/highway/combined fuel economy: 44/41/42 mpg
The new-for-2016 RAV4 Hybrid is the first gas-electric entry in the hot compact SUV segment, and the first SUV to appear on this annual list. Not only does it deliver 33-percent better combined fuel economy than its gas-only counterpart (33 mpg vs. 25 mpg), it’s faster, too.
City/highway/combined fuel economy: 34/31/33 mpg
While the Hyundai Sonata was completely redesigned for the 2015 model year, the hybrid version didn’t debut until 2016. Now, in addition to a list of features impressive in both quantity and quality, Hyundai’s midsize sedan is available with combined fuel economy in the benchmark 40+ range.
City/highway/combined fuel economy: 39/43/41 mpg
Combining the rear-seat roominess of a family sedan, the cargo versatility of a small SUV and the fuel economy of a Toyota hybrid, the Prius V is a unique and appealing hybrid hauler.
City/highway/combined fuel economy: 44/40/42 mpg
In addition to stylish sheetmetal and a roomier interior, the completely redesigned Malibu lineup also includes a new full hybrid variant that delivers the best fuel economy of any hybrid midsize sedan.
City/highway/combined fuel economy: 47/46/46 mpg
The Camry is the best-selling car in the country, and Toyota is the world leader in hybrid vehicles. It's no surprise, then, that the roomy, comfortable and efficient Camry Hybrid is among the most recommendable hybrids on the road.
City/highway/combined fuel economy: 43/39/41 mpg
Totally redesigned for 2016, the reigning king of hybrids isn’t just more distinctively styled than ever before -- it’s also even more efficient and a little more entertaining to drive. And if city/highway combined fuel economy of 52 mpg isn’t amazing enough for you, a new Prius Eco variant delivers an untouchable 56 mpg combined.
City/highway/combined fuel economy: 54/50/52 mpg