2018 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car

2018 Toyota Prius c

Best Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car:
2018 Toyota Prius c

Efficient, low-cost transportation is what the Toyota Prius c was born to provide. Just consider two of its most crucial numbers: A starting price around $21,500 and fuel economy of up to 48 mpg. Here's another: This marks the fourth time the Toyota Prius c has been crowned the Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Award winner in its class.

The Prius c is the smallest of Toyota's hybrids, but it shares traits that have made its larger siblings benchmarks in their class. First is the way it's propelled, which is via a powertrain that seamlessly intertwines a small gasoline engine, electric motor and battery pack. There's no need to plug anything in or keep an eye on battery range. Just get in and go. Granted, with a combined 99 horsepower you won't go very fast, but you'll certainly get there with efficiency.

Then there's the Prius c's interior flexibility. Like the larger standard Prius, the c is a hatchback, a body style that inherently offers more interior room than a sedan. Fold the seats, and you suddenly have space to carry bigger, bulkier items.

While the Prius c is the smallest and least-expensive Toyota hybrid, it comes with a significant safety suite. Called Toyota Safety Sense C (TSS-C), the system includes pre-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure alert and automatic high beams. Capping it all is the Prius c's strong reliability and resale value, which further this hybrid's economical ways.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$33,454
as of December 31, 2017

2nd Place Finisher
2018 Kia Niro

2018 Kia Niro

With fuel economy that reaches 52 mpg and SUV-like looks and utility, the Kia Niro hybrid is an efficient, low-cost hauler.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$35,106
as of December 31, 2017

3rd Place Finisher
2018 Toyota Prius

2018 Toyota Prius

The car that's synonymous with "hybrid," the Toyota Prius remains a value star thanks to its efficiency, reliability and strong resale value.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$37,599
as of December 31, 2017

Other Category Winners


See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2017 | 2016 | 2015
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