Modern hybrid cars have come a long way since the Toyota Prius launched here in 2000. Now several manufacturers make a gas-electric version of their bestselling sedans and SUVs, from the Toyota Avalon sedan to the Chrysler Pacifica minivan to the lavish Porsche Cayenne.
U.S. News & World Report evaluated of dozens of data points to determine which hybrids sit atop the heap. Read ahead to learn more about the best hybrid cars. Keep in mind that U.S. News scores are constantly updated based on the latest expert reviews and data.
2017 Chevy Volt
Redesigned in 2016, the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid got an extended, 53-mile battery range and increased fuel efficiency.
The five-passenger compact car generates 149 horsepower with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a lithium-ion battery, and a pair of electric motors. It achieves 54 mpg in combined city/highway driving after the battery is depleted and it’s running on gasoline power.
Starting at $33,220, the LT base trim includes Bluetooth, an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. A Teen Driver management system, which allows owners to control vehicle speed and audio volume remotely, is standard for 2017.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
New for 2017, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the only hybrid minivan on the market. The seven-passenger minivan was named a finalist for our 2017 Best Minivan for Families award. It can drive up to 33 miles on just electricity and gets an estimated 32 mpg in combined city/highway driving once its battery is depleted.
The minivan achieves 260 horsepower using a 3.6-liter V6 engine and a pair of electric motors. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and blind spot detection are standard. Upper trims come equipped with a rear-seat entertainment system.
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid starts at $41,995.
2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid has garnered a slew of awards for its performance and standard technology. Winner of our 2017 Best Hybrid SUV for Families title, the Highlander Hybrid also sits atop our rankings of midsize SUVs and SUVs with 3 rows and was named a finalist for our 2017 Best Hybrid SUV for the Money award.
The SUV generates 306 horsepower with a 3.5-liter V6 and three electric motors and returns 29 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway.
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid starts at $36,270. The base model comes equipped with a 6.1-inch touch screen, five USB ports, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, and pedestrian and vehicle detection.
2017 Acura MDX Hybrid
New for 2017, the Acura MDX Hybrid luxury midsize SUV is equipped with several high-performance and high-tech features, including all-wheel drive, blind spot monitoring, and navigation.
The SUV generates 321 horsepower using a 3.5-liter V6 and three electric motors. It returns 26 mpg around town and 27 on the highway.
The Acura MDX Hybrid starts at $51,960.
2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid won our 2017 Best Hybrid Car for Families award and was named a finalist for 2017 Best Midsize Car for Families.
The five-passenger midsize sedan delivers class-leading fuel economy at 49 mpg around town and 43 mpg on the highway. It produces 182 horsepower using a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors.
Starting at $27,875, the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid features best-in-class performance and can achieve a top speed of 55 mph using only battery power.
2017 Honda Accord Hybrid
Reintroduced for 2017, the Honda Accord Hybrid was named a finalist for our 2017 Best Hybrid Car for Families award.
The five-passenger midsize sedan achieves best-in-class fuel economy at 49 mpg in the city and 47 on the highway. It uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor to deliver 212 horsepower.
Starting at $29,605, the Honda Accord Hybrid comes with adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, lane keep assist, pre-collision braking, and road departure mitigation.
2017 Toyota Prius
The car that begat the hybrid segment, the Toyota Prius achieves best-in-class fuel economy at 54 mpg in the city and 50 on the highway.
The winner of our 2017 Best Hybrid Car for the Money award uses a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors to produce 121 horsepower.
Starting a $24,685, the Prius comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assistance features, including lane keep assist and pedestrian detection. Cloth upholstery is standard on the base model. Higher trims come with leatherette upholstery and heated front seats.
2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid
The Toyota Camry Hybrid was named a finalist for our 2017 Best Hybrid Car for the Money and 2017 Best Midsize Car for the Money awards.
The Camry Hybrid returns 42 mpg around town and 38 on the highway. It delivers 200 horsepower with a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor.
The Camry Hybrid starts at $26,790.
2017 Lexus RX Hybrid
The Lexus RX Hybrid was named a finalist for our 2017 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for the Money and 2017 Best Hybrid SUV for Families awards.
The five-passenger luxury midsize SUV uses a 3.5-liter V6 and three electric motors to produce 308 horsepower. It returns 31 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway. All-wheel drive is standard for 2017.
Starting at $53,035, the Lexus RX Hybrid comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a DVD entertainment system.
2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
Our top-ranked hybrid car, the Toyota Avalon Hybrid, achieves 40 mpg in the city and 39 on the highway.
The five-passenger large car uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor to deliver 200 horsepower.
It starts at $37,300. The Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assistance features is standard for 2017.
2017 Lexus GS Hybrid
The Lexus GS Hybrid is a luxury midsize car that returns 29 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway. Its V6 engine and pair of electric motors deliver 338 horsepower.
The GS Hybrid starts at $63,634, and the Lexus Safety System+ suite of driver assistance features is standard for 2017.
2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
Our highest-ranking hybrid, the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid sits atop several categories: luxury midsize SUVs, luxury SUVs with 2 rows, luxury crossover SUVs, and hybrid and electric SUVs.
Starting at $78,700, it’s also the most expensive hybrid on the market. The Cayenne Hybrid uses a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and an electric motor to make 416 horsepower. It can run on electric power for up to 14 miles. After that, the gasoline engine kicks in and it gets 22 mpg in combined city/highway driving.
The Porsche Cayenne Hybrid is equipped with comfortable seats, a refined cabin, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and an intuitive infotainment system.