Hybrid cars have revolutionized the automobile industry. It’s not just a fad or trend, but the vehicles are likely to stay as we are becoming more environmentally conscious and concerned about our carbon footprints, that we ought to want to minimize. Toyota was probably the manufacturer to bring recognition to the vehicles with its Prius. They have sold more than 7 million of the cars in the past 18 years since its debut. This alone is a testament to the world’s population growing desire to be a part of a revolution to reduce emissions.
Because of Toyota, we are a bit interested in hybrids, and there are some vehicles that we actually want to drive. We want to drive these vehicles because they are fuel efficient, have good acceleration rates and they just drive well. Some of these vehicles are actually well priced and they look like vehicles that we want to drive. Some of these vehicles though, are not that fuel efficient, they don’t handle well, are too expensive and the manufacturer probably only had a limited production before discontinuing. This would mean that getting replacement parts would be hard. Below is our list of hybrid cars you want to drive, and cars you don’t want to.
20 Nobody Wants: BMW 3 Series 330e
The 3 series in its non-hybrid form, was a benchmark for sports sedans around the world. Now though, with this hybrid, we have to question BMW’s design of the hybrid. The car is expected to blend the driving enjoyment of a sports sedan and performance of a rear wheel drive with luxury and comfort. Under the hood of the car is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which is good for 180 hp. So what’s our issue here?
Our issue is that the added electric package adds 600 pounds of weight to the car.
This added weight hurts the car’s performance in terms of speed.
19 Nobody Wants: Volkswagen Golf GTE
The Volkswagen Golf GTE is the plug-in hybrid version of the famed Golf car. VW positioned their hybrid as a sporty option. There is nothing wrong with that, but it gives the buyer false expectations as they would expect the Golf to be a top-performing, high-speed vehicle. There are some advantages to the car such as: it’s cheap to run, and it’s quick. But it is actually only cheap to run if its fuel is diesel over gasoline and it needs to be charged for it to be at its optimal performance. That said, you will need to live near to a battery charging station.
18 Nobody Wants: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
If you didn’t know Mitsubishi had hybrid vehicles, now you do. And it’s a shame that the vehicle is not at all fun to drive. The vehicle is very common as was probably one of the better selling plug-in hybrids in Europe with over 100,000 sold. This probably has to do with the fact that it’s an SUV plug-in hybrid that will give its owners massive tax breaks. So, if it’s such an amazing vehicle why wouldn’t you want to drive it?
While the vehicle is technically impressive and was put on sale at the right moment, the car doesn’t handle very well.
It’s less agile, the steering lacks accuracy and it generates plenty of lean when going around corners, The soft suspension also isn’t that great in potholes and jars the interior.
17 Nobody Wants: 2010-2012 Lexus HS 250h
It seems that Lexus is capable of having disappointing cars too, and this can be seen especially in their HS 250h vehicle. Usually, before you but something you’d google it right? Well, if you google search this car, you would easily come across some terrible reviews on your feed. The car handles poorly and has a noisy engine. It’s definitely not a car that you’re going to be tickled pink to want to drive, especially if it is all-round rubbish. People also don’t go out of their way to buy this car used, so you should not go out of your way, even if it’s on offer for cheap.
16 Nobody Wants: 2010 BMW Active Hybrid X6
We’re sorry to disappoint the BMW lovers again, but BMW doesn’t make cars that we always want to drive. The car was a good idea, but it turned out to be a flop and disappointment. This has a lot to do with the fact that there was a significant delay between the engine shutting off and kick-starting again.
The car was also overpriced, but the car depreciated significantly, so the resale value isn’t all that great.
If you’re curious, give it ago. But don’t buy it used because it’s a purchase you’re going to regret. It’s supposed to be low on emission, but it’s not that great in that regard idea.
15 Nobody Wants: Porsche Cayenne SE Hybrid
Since it debuted, we loved the idea of the Porsche Cayenne, especially as a family vehicle. However, as a hybrid, we don’t like it too much. It looks good on paper and in person, but once you get behind the wheel, that’s where the good ends. It doesn’t ride well or handle well, which is a bit disappointing for Porsche because we’re generally excited to get behind the wheels of all their vehicles. The car is also not the most economical in real-world conditions. So, while other Cayenne vehicles may be fun to drive and handle, this one is not.
14 Nobody Wants: 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid
If you thought Infiniti produced cars that you would only want to drive, we’re sorry to burst your bubble by telling you that your initial assumptions are wrong. So, while the car is decent to look at, it isn’t all that efficient.
Infiniti apparently spent too much time emphasizing performance, so efficiency has suffered.
It does have a V6 petrol engine and an electric motor that gives it an output of 359bph. There’s no disputing that the car is fast, but it gives a ride that is too firm, and the car isn’t really that much fun to drive compared to its rivals.
13 Nobody Wants: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
There is one word you can use to describe Nissan’s hybrid Pathfinder. The word is unimpressive. The seven-seat SUV was a one-year wonder. Its 22hp electric motor is sandwiched between its 2’5 liter 4-cylinder engine. This posed a problem because the Pathfinder was unable to accelerate on electricity alone. Its little motor added torque to the engine output and restarted the engine when it stopped. This should be good, but it didn’t actually provide a boost in gas mileage. Fortunately, the Pathfinder didn’t survive more than one year on the market. So, it should not be a vehicle you consider getting because parts and servicing will be difficult.
12 Nobody Wants: 2009 Dodge Durango/Chrysler Aspen Hybrid
Dodge actually created a vehicle that we didn’t want, and their hybrid vehicle had a Hemi. This was a few months before pre-collapse Chrysler decided to stop its large SUV line and close its Delaware assembly plant. Together only 1000 Durango hybrids and its twin the Aspen hybrid were produced. Components for the SUV were very expensive and the car could cost $10,000 more than its gas-only sibling. The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 paired well with the hybrid system to return 21 mpg. It wasn’t too bad for fuel efficiency, but it’s still not great considering that cars get 50 mpg.
11 Nobody Wants: 2011-2015 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
In VW’s lineup, the Touareg sits on the high price of the spectrum. It’s a large vehicle, but it doesn’t drive a high-volume of sales like other VW vehicles. The hybrid version is rarer, and sales were low. This probably had to do with the fact that the diesel model sat next to it in the showroom. It has a 3.0-liter V6 engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive was standard in all models.
While the car is decent enough, it’s on the list because its low production volumes are likely to pose a challenge for owners.
So, it is unlikely that you would find a model that has been serviced well that you actually want to drive.
10 Actually Good: 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid
The 2018 Honda Accord is really a good-looking car, even if it resembles a classier version of the Honda Civic with its complete redesign. The base price of the hybrid model is actually $4,000 cheaper than the previous year’s hybrid. The 2018 model comes equipped with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping assist. We’d probably say that Honda is making things a bit too easy for drivers with all these features. Despite all these frills, the hybrid can achieve 47 mpg both in the city and on the highway. It is also powered by 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder engine that produces 212 hp.
9 Actually Good: 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid
Since their Prius, Toyota has been making strides in converting existing models to hybrid vehicles, giving motor owners a lot more choice in terms of how much emissions they want their car to produce. The Camry is a mid-sized car that gets its owner 51 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway. It also helps that the Camry comes standard with a suite of features including driver assistance and advanced safety features, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane keeping assist. Surprisingly, it doesn’t give up a trunk capacity.
8 Actually Good: 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid
It’s easy to want to drive anything Ford creates because we expect the vehicle to be good. The Fusion hybrid can be attained for $25,000. This isn’t too bad considering that you get a high-quality interior and a sporty handling.
It has 43 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway.
It’s not bad considering that the city mileage doubles if you get the gas-only model. The Fusion may be spacious (it can hold five) but carrying cargo becomes a bit of a problem as the battery pack takes up a significant amount of trunk space.
7 Actually Good: Land Rover Range Rover P400e
The Land Rover Range Rover P400e is known as one of the best hybrid utility vehicles. This car is fun to drive because it can climb every mountain, literally and is perfect for people who don’t use the road. However, few people would want to spend $95,000 or more to drive a vehicle off-road. Land Rover offers a luxury vehicle, with a stunning interior with amazing off-road capabilities in a single package. It has a 2.0 liter turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that is assisted by an electric motor. It can also accelerate to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, which is pretty impressive for a large vehicle.
6 Actually Good: Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
The Porsche Panamera 4 E-hybrid is a high-performance car that gives you both efficiency and all-round performance. If you want to drive a car at top speeds without having to worry about the consequence of high carbon emissions, then this car should be considered, although it can cost you in excess of $99,000. The car boasts a 2.9-liter V6 engine with 330 hp and 331 pound-feet of torque. This vehicle is a Porsche, and well everyone wants to drive a Porsche, especially if it handles like a Porsche and accelerates like a Porsche. Like other hybrids, the battery pack takes p space in the trunk.
5 Actually Good: Kia Optima Hybrid
As a regular car, the Kia Optima looks like a pretty decent ride, and we all want to drive it. It is a five-passenger sedan that gives really good mileage for its class, but it still isn’t up to the standard that you would expect of many hybrid cars. It’s not as fuel efficient as it should be with a 39 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway. We still want to drive it really because it’s a comfortable car and it comes with standard features such as automatic temperature control and an infotainment system that supports multiple devices.
4 Actually Good: Toyota Prius
The Prius is one of the most (if not the most) famous hybrid car on the market. It’s probably one of the first hybrid cars to receive a lot of marketing and advertisement. So, that in itself makes us want to drive this hybrid car, as we’ll be curious to know how one of the most popular hybrids on the market drives.
The vehicle is one of the cleanest, and is the product of the innovation and work that Toyota has put into the sector.
The car hasn’t only done well in the US and Japan markets, but it has done well internationally, and it also helps that the car maintains its resale value. Most are rated 54 mpg in the city and 50 on the highway.
3 Actually Good: Hyundai Ionic Blue
A list of hybrid vehicles you would want to drive would be incomplete without the Ionic. Have you seen the car? Just looking at the car, makes you want to drive it. It has a fuel efficiency rating of 57 mpg in the city and 59 mpg on the highway. Hyundai actually gives you three versions of this cat, a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and a battery-electric car. The car looks like a sedan, but it claims a hatchback design that allows it a lot of cargo space. It also seats five comfortably. Take it for a test drive, and you would enjoy how much you save on fuel, It also cost $22,000, so it’s unlikely to break the bank.
2 Actually Good: Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
We’re not sure about you, but whenever we hear or see the word Malibu, we think about the beach. This car, though maybe a car that you want to drive, but it isn’t necessarily a car that you would want to drive to the beach because it's so pretty and you wouldn’t want to get it dirtied. This car is also more expensive than the gas-only Malibu. In terms of fuel efficiency, it does 49 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway, this isn’t too bad considering that it is a midsized car. However, like most hybrids, the battery takes up some trunk space, so your beach passengers would have to limit their bags.
1 Actually Good: Cadillac CT6 Plug-In
A lot of automobile manufacturers have gone hybrid, even Cadillac with their luxury CT6 plug-in hybrid vehicle. This car is a luxury sedan, and it is a good drive for anyone who wants to save the planet in style and has in excess of $75,000 to do so. The car has great styling, driving dynamics, and excellent technology integration. When the battery is fully charged, the car can travel up to 31 miles on its electric power. It can also achieve EPA rated 62 mpge in its hybrid mode. Also, this car has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine which can get you somewhere in a hurry.
Sources: DigitalTrends.com, WhatCar.com, USNews.com