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Here’s How to Go Hybrid on a Budget

by Ron CoganJune 10, 2024
Gas-electric hybrids are growing in popularity as buyers seek a comfortable way to experience electrification. Here are 10 affordable hybrid models to consider.

A growing number of car buyers are showing a keen interest in hybrids, those super-efficient cars, trucks, and SUVs that combine the benefits of both electric and internal combustion power. For some, it’s all about stellar fuel economy. Others see a hybrid as an easy entry into electrified vehicles without taking the more unfamiliar leap to a plug-in model, or paying the extra cost.

Whatever the motivation, we’re huge believers in hybrids because of their many obvious benefits. Ready to bust a move? Here are 10 fuel efficient hybrids from five automakers that deliver 37 to 57 combined mpg, available with a reasonable manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $25,000 to $34,000. Yeah, we realize that some models could be in short supply at times and others may be so popular dealers are tempted to add on a mark-up over and above the MSRP. It that’s the case then keep looking since cross-shopping dealers online is pretty straightforward these days and you may find a better deal just a short drive away.

Ford Escape Hybrid

Ford Escape Hybrid.
FORD ESCAPE HYBRID, $33,490. Specs: 42 city/36 hwy/39 combined mpg, 558 mile range.

Ford Maverick Hybrid

Ford Maverick hybrid pickup.
FORD MAVERICK HYBRID, $25,315. Specs: 42 city/33 hwy/37 combined mpg, 511 mile range.

Honda Accord Hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrid.
HONDA ACCORD HYBRID, $32,895. Specs: 51 city/44 hwy/48 combined mpg, 614 mile range.

Honda CR-V Hybrid

Honda CR-V Hybrid.
HONDA CR-V HYBRID, $34,050. Specs: 43 city/36 hwy/40 combined mpg, 560 mile range.

Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

Hyundai Elantra Hybrid.
HYUNDAI ELANTRA HYBRID, $26,250. Specs: 51 city/58 hwy/54 combined mpg, 670 mile range.

Hyundai Tucson Hybrid

Hyundai Tucson Hybrid.
HYUNDAI TUCSON HYBRID, $32,575. Specs: 38 city/38 hwy/38 combined mpg, 521 mile range.

Kia Niro Hybrid

Kia Niro Hybrid.
KIA NIRO HYBRID, $26,940. Specs: 53 city/54 hwy/53 combined mpg, 588 mile range.

Kia Sportage Hybrid

Kia Sportage Hybrid.
KIA SPORTAGE HYBRID, $28,290. Specs: 42 city/44 hwy/43 combined mpg, 589 mile range.

Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius Hybrid.
TOYOTA PRIUS, $27,950. Specs: 57 city/56 hwy/57 combined mpg, 644 mile range.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Toyota RAV4 hybrid.
TOYOTA RAV4 HYBRID, $31,725. Specs: 41 city/38 hwy/39 combined mpg, 566 mile range.