Without a doubt, electric cars are the future. Simply put, we cannot continue to expand the automotive industry and still rely on gasoline as a fuel source. With the pollution, it causes to the simple fact that it's a non-renewable resource that we will eventually run out of it is inevitable.
Electricity, on the other hand, is renewable and, on the whole, better for the environment. However, right now, electric cars are quite expensive for the average person, especially the more efficient ones that have more range between charges. So, in the meantime, if you still want to help the environment but are short on money, hybrids are the way to go. Here are ten of the cheapest hybrids on the market.
10 2019 Toyota Prius C
The Toyota Prius appearing here on this list should be no surprise. The Prius model of cars has become synonymous with hybrids over the years in everything from pop culture to comedy. It's been the center of praise when people first started to take going green seriously and been the butt of many a joke, but it's undeniably a good, solid car that only gets better with time.
It gets 48-miles per gallon in the city and 43 on the highways, and this with its forward, hybrid drivetrain and mere 9-gallon gas tank. This great car will only cost you just over $21,000.
9 2018 Toyota Prius Prime
If you have a little more money to spend, then the Toyota Prius Prime might be worth a look. Its four-cylinder engine and twin electric motors are intended to give you more than 50-miles per gallon on both the streets and highways. In addition, it comes with a host of standard safety technologies such as alerts that warn you of pedestrians, impending collisions with the car in front of you—for all of you tailgaters out there—and when you are straying out of your lane.
The advanced features are worth springing for as well, as they include parking assist, blind-spot monitoring, and Intelligent Clearance Sonar to help you with tricky parking lots. This safety-oriented hybrid will run you at about $27,000 to start.
8 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Toyota is a dominant force in the hybrid market, so don’t be shocked to them twice on this list. The RAV4 is a more spacious option, so it's good for taller drivers or those with families. Yet, it is still considered a compact SUV.
It gets 34-miles per gallon on the surface streets and 30 on the highway. Not the most impressive for a hybrid, but it is a larger vehicle than a standard sedan that is lighter and gets more miles per gallon. The roomy interior not only provides a comfortable ride, but it also has plenty of space for storage as well. It comes with many of the safety features as the other Toyota hybrids mentioned so far and will cost you a little over $27,000.
7 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid
If Toyota isn’t the brand for you, then perhaps Nissan might be. The 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid is an SUV, so it has plenty of room for passengers and cargo. Of course, that means a slightly diminished fuel economy with its four-cylinder engine and single electric motor getting 35 miles per gallon on highways and 33 on surface streets.
Still, the Rogue has great reliability and safety ratings, so it's almost guaranteed to keep you moving and getting where you need to go. A unique feature is that you can opt to have it come with all-wheel drive instead of the standard front-wheel drive. This reasonable option has an affordable $27,000 price tag.
6 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid
Kia is another brand with a great reputation for creating efficient, reliable, and overall quality cars—both gas-powered and hybrids. The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid is no exception; In terms of efficiency, it gets 39-miles per gallon in the city and 46 on the highways. The interior is quite upscale with a large touchscreen, smartphone connectivity, and excellent climate control.
This certainly isn’t a sports car and is made with the working, commuting citizens in mind, so it's comfortable to ride in and smooth to drive. Don’t try to do any drifting, though, as this car is definitely not made for that. This hybrid will run you just under $26,000.
5 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Hyundai never fails to provide great, family-friendly, affordable, cars. Their Sonata model is an extremely popular car that still retains much of its value, even as the models get older.
The Hybrid version brings everything that made the Sonata great and adds a touch of environmental responsibility. It gets 46-miles per gallon on the highways, and it gets 40-miles per gallon in the city. Another great commuting vehicle, it’s meant for long cozy rides and equipped with plenty of safety features to protect you on the road.
If something does happen though, fear not, as Hyundai offers extremely long warranties. The Sonata Hybrid will cost you under $26,000.
4 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid
Always out to match if not beat its arch-rival Hyundai, Honda turned the Accord model into a hybrid as well. Next to the Civic, the Accord is one of Honda’s best models, so making it a hybrid is an obvious move forward.
It boasts an impressive 48-miles per gallon on both the fast highways and stop-and-go of the city streets, produced by a four-cylinder engine and not one but two electric motors.
This car aims to be not just for commutes with its comfortable, roomy cabin, but it could be good for any travel occasion with its large trunk that could be loaded with anything from the luggage for a road trip to all of the soccer's team’s gear. This hybrid will cost just over $25,000.
3 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid
Ford throws its hat into the hybrid ring as well with the Ford C-Max. However, their inexperience shows, as some reviewers have a few negative talking points regarding performance and safety features.
However, it does get 38-miles per gallon on the highway and 42-miles per gallon in the cities, so it is comparable to other hybrids. Ford puts their powerhouse engine into this car in the form of a two-liter, four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and it gets great acceleration. This challenges one the things that hybrids are often criticized on. This hybrid may not be the best in class, but it is one of the best in price at under $25,000.
2 2018 Kia Niro
Kia claims another spot on this list with the 2018 Kia Niro. The car shares its model name with a Roman emperor and is designed to rule above the other hybrids in its class. This SUV gets a fantastic 52-miles per gallon on the city streets and 49-on the highways.
It's comfortable to drive with many options for engines, transmissions, and the like to customize how your Kia Niro drives. Its infotainment system is quite user-friendly, and the rest of the interior is of good quality and comfort. With its bevy of glowing reviews and high ratings, the Kia Niro is a good choice that will only cost you a little more than $23,000.
1 2019 Hyundai Ioniq
Lastly, we have the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq, and it snatches up the first spot on this list. Of course, the Ioniq comes with everything that comes part and parcel with buying a Hyundai vehicle; tons of innovative safety technology that come with the base version of the car, reliability, a long-standing warranty, and an all-around great car.
The Ioniq gets some of the best mileage among the hybrids, with it putting out 57-miles per gallon on the city streets and 59-miles per gallon on the speedy highways. This excellent vehicle will only cost you just over $22,000.