Every Hybrid Car You Can Buy in 2019
From Toyota's Prius to Acura's NSX sports car, there are plenty of hybrids to choose from in 2019.
Long before electric cars became all the rage, hybrids were the most efficient cars you could buy. Today, they generally represent the affordable end of the fuel-economy spectrum, opposite more expensive plug-in hybrids and full electrics, and deliver their efficiency benefits without needing to be plugged in when parked. There are varying degrees of complexity among today’s hybrid systems, but all combine electric motors with traditional gas engines to deliver improved mileage. “Mild” hybrids mostly use their electric motors to restart the gas engine after it shuts off at a stop to save fuel. More intricate hybrids have large enough motors and significant batteries that allow them to be driven on electric power alone for a limited time.
Check our up-to-date list of every hybrid car currently on sale ordered from most to least efficient.
EPA combined: 55–58 mpg
Base price: $23,320
Cargo space: 27 cu ft
There is a lot to like about the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid (there also are plug-in hybrid and full-electric Ioniq variants). The hatchback delivers 58 mpg on the EPA’s combined test cycle in its lowest-priced “Blue” trim, and 55 mpg combined in every other trim. It uses a traditional automatic transmission, which delivers crisp shifts, instead of the slurry weirdness many hybrids’ continuously variable automatic transmissions operate with. And the Hyundai looks and feels (mostly) like a conventional hatchback. The buzzy gas-powered engine could be more refined, but that is a common issue among hybrids—so it is hardly a deal-breaker.
EPA combined: 50–56 mpg
Base price: $24,700
Cargo space: 27 cu ft
Just like everyone calls all tissues “Kleenex” or off-road SUVs “Jeeps,” the word “Prius” is nearly a catchall term for hybrids in general. That’s because Toyota’s Prius helped kick off the modern gas-electric hybrid as a vehicle concept in the early 2000s. For 2019, the Prius is available for the first time with all-wheel drive; that version nets the 50-mpg EPA combined figure, while the most efficient front-drive model is rated for 56 mpg.