2019 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Hybrid Car

2019 Toyota Prius c

Best Hybrid Car: 2019 Toyota Prius c

Not only is the 2019 Toyota Prius C the most affordable hybrid car in the U.S., the cute little hatchback also gets to bask in the warmth of Toyota's reputation for high quality, reliability and resale value over time. Add in the Prius C's 48-mpg fuel economy achievements, and you've got a KBB 5-Year Cost to Own winner.

With a price that starts at a relatively painless $22,450, the Prius C will run you around town with pleasing ease, and it'll get as good as 48 mpg doing it. When the avenue turns into an Interstate, the Prius C takes a little extra time getting up to speed, but you'll still wrangle 43 miles from every gallon of gasoline.

We nailed the Prius C's specialties in our Expert Review of the car: "Apparently, the C in the 2019 Prius C's name relates to 'city.' This subcompact hatchback is certainly at home in this environment, able to spring off the line when the lights go green, dart into a traffic gap, then take advantage of tight parking spots thanks to its modest dimensions."

Behind the 2019 Toyota Prius C's decent-for-a-subcompact second row, you'll discover a very accommodating 17.1 cubic feet of cargo area under the hatch. The base car's interior and features set offer no surprises save one: Toyota Safety Sense C. Safety Sense C groups some of the greatest hits of safety technology -- forward-collision alert with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, automatic high beams, and lane-departure warning -- as standard peace-of-mind fare for Prius C owners.

A price advantage, appealing value, and Toyota levels of credibility -- that is how a KBB 5-Year Cost to Own winner gets built.

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as of January 1, 2019

2nd Place Finisher: 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid
5-Year Cost to Own: $32,044
as of January 1, 2019

The best of the three 2019 Hyundai Ioniq models, the Plug-in Hybrid is a cost-to-own leader, offering 52 mpg and 27 miles of low-cost electric-only travel per charge.

3rd Place Finisher: 2019 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid

2019 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid
5-Year Cost to Own: $33,683
as of January 1, 2019

With 26 miles of pure-electric range and 46-mpg capability during the non-electric times, the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid offers plenty to keep your cost to own low.

Other Category Winners

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