Buying a hybrid car should certainly be considered by car buyers. While the underlying hybrid car technologies have been around for nearly a decade it is clear that many car manufacturers have yet to fully embrace or adopt it. As a result, some of the hybrid cars that are on the streets simply aren’t worth the investment. Either they are overpriced or aren’t durable. In order to make a savvy purchase it is essential know which hybrid cars are worth buying and which should be ignored. Keep in mind that any hybrid car could be a good buy if the price is low enough, but generally hybrid cars carry a high enough demand that their prices don’t often get dramatically slashed. This is quick look at some of the best hybrid cars to buy when considering price, quality, reliability, and additional features.
2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Typically you expect to find the always relevant Toyota Prius at the top of the list but in 2013 the Ford Fusion Hybrid was redesigned and is now one of the best options on market, especially if you are looking to pay less than $40,000. The new design is larger and sportier than previous models. Plus the interior and exterior have a more upscale feel than other similar hybrids in its class. Some of the new features added in 2013 include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, and automated parking assist. It also includes the latest generation of MyFord Touch which is a customizable touchscreen display which controls the vehicles electronic features. It also includes a Sync voice command system.
The most important addition to the redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion is the new engine. It is smaller than previous versions, a 2 liter four cylinder rather than a 2.5 liter, but the additional of a new lithium-ion battery pack makes up for this. The new battery pack is both more powerful and lighter than the previously included nickel-metal hydride battery pack. As a result, the 2013 Ford Fusion boasts 47mpg in all three cycles which is nearly unheard of in hybrids as they typically falter in highway tests.
2013 Toyota Prius C
Of course the Toyota Prius will always be one of the best hybrids available, but in 2013 it might be a better idea to look at the smaller and less expensive Toyota Prius C. It is sportier than the standard sized Prius but the acceleration capabilities can still be less than desirable at times. What really makes this car standout is the 50mpg combined fuel economy. The fuel economy combined with the low introductory price can overcome the shortfalls in the interior design, notably the overabundance of hard plastics compared to other subcompacts. The 2013 Toyota Prius C also boasts one of the best safety ratings in its class. If you are looking for a hybrid primarily for city-use then this is definitely a car worth considering. This particular model definitely emphasizes cost-savings which is why it will remain popular. Hybrids are notorious for being a bit pricey, but this subcompact can be found for an average of $4,000 less than the standard Toyota Prius (now referred to as the liftback).
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
Honda has been attempting to create a popular and fuel efficient hybrid model for some time. There have been a lot of misses along the way, but the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is a huge jump forward for the manufacturer. For anyone looking into a hybrid sedan the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid should be seriously considered. It is considered to be one of the most powerful and fun to drive hybrids on the market. One of the most notable improvements is in the stop-start feature. Not only is it quieter than most but the transition from start to stop to start is nearly seamless. Some reviewers have noted that you can’t even feel the switch between electric and gas power while driving. Another benefit of the 2014 Honda Accord is the interior. It relies on great looking, premium materials. The design also ensures more than enough cabin space which is problem for most hybrids, especially for drivers and passengers more than 6 feet tall. Some of the standard features include a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, USB input, and 8-inch infotainment screen. Another helpful standard feature is the Honda LaneWatch. This uses a camera on the underside of the passenger mirror to show the driver what is in their blind spot.
2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid
The final option to consider is the 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Another four door car to add to your list is the 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid. The two main features which people are drawn to include the strong the hybrid performance and the significant amount of cabin space. While it doesn’t get the same fuel economy of the other hybrids on this list, it still clocks in at a more than respectable 43/39mpg (city/highway). As you would expect from a Camry, the interior is often considered to be the highlight of the vehicle. This makes it perfect for people who want to drive a hybrid without sacrificing comfort. The only drawback is the pass-through trunk can feel a little small at times. Standard features include 10 airbags, USB and auxiliary audio jacks, and push-button start. In most cases, you will want to upgrade from the base Camry hybrid in order to take advantage of the excellent technology features Camry’s are known for.