The market for hybrids has grown exponentially in recent years, thanks partly to the growing concern over climate change. These cars are not only more environmentally friendly, but they also offer better fuel economy. The market for hybrid vehicles is already seeing a surge, with sales of hybrid cars rising by almost 20% in 2017.
This blog will list the five most fuel-efficient hybrid cars. We will also provide a brief overview of each vehicle and its main features. If you’re looking to buy a hybrid car in the next few years, be sure to check out this list!
What are Hybrid Cars?
A hybrid car is a vehicle that uses multiple distinct sources of power. Hybrid cars utilize both traditional forms of fuel (usually gasoline and either diesel or electricity). With that said, hybrids are often hailed for their environmental benefits. The theory behind these types of vehicles is that if one source does NOT produce a lot of emissions, and your car can run on both gas and electricity simultaneously (using the gasoline engine as an additional source), this would create fewer overall emissions.
2021 Honda Accord Hybrid
The Honda Accord Hybrid is similar to other 2018 and 2019 upper-level Honda vehicles, such as the Odyssey and Pilot. The Accord hybrid comes powered by a 2.0liter engine that runs on gasoline (gas) or electricity (eBrake), inspired by its larger model siblings: Accord Crosstour/Accord Touring/Acura MDX. This hybrid variant is customized to use gas or electricity at will depending on the market and regional requirements.
This model uses an electric engine to reduce emissions by 92% and produces 81 mpg on average. It runs purely off electricity for about 20% of miles driven (and even more if you drive with eco-mode disabled) and then switches over to gas when it detects the need. The Accord hybrid’s long-term average fuel economy (i.e., presuming you drive 15,000 miles per year) is EPA rated at 47 mpg combined city/highway with only 51% of its power coming from electricity and 39% from petrol alone.
2020 Kia Niro
The Kia Niro, a stylish and versatile SUV, is sure to be one of the next-generation hybrids. It uses electrical power to recharge its lithium battery pack (which has greater capacity, up 16.4 kWh versus 2011’s 14kWh). The Niro Hybrid can also be plugged into a standard charging station overnight while parked; this feature adds an unspecified premium over pay-as-you-go options. It is a proprietary Hyundai feature.
The Niro Hybrid comes with two power sources, electric and petrol when the battery is depleted or after grid charging isn’t possible. The Niro Electric has an optional hybrid drive mode that pushes production 50 percent higher and improves efficiency 6 to 10 miles per gallon with a full battery pack.
2021 Toyota Prius
Since introduced, the Prius has been Toyota’s best-selling hybrid car in North America. It uses an electric motor and six-speed auto transmission the entire time, which could be shut off at certain conditions like when driving through hilly terrains.
The full dynamic system will give a driving performance similar to an ordinary internal combustion engine vehicle for acceleration purposes but with significantly lower fuel consumption throughout daily operation than conventional highway vehicles powered only by an ICE. It will also have regenerative braking that can regenerate up to 80 percent of the extra energy sent back to the battery.
Toyota Corolla Hybrid 2021
The Toyota Corolla easily is one of the top family vehicles out there. For many, the Corolla hybrid is their first personal electric car. With a little over 3 second 0-60 time and seating up to five passengers, it’s an excellent option for parents or anyone needing space in large vehicles.
The Corolla hybrid is among the top for safety and reliability even though it is short on cargo space.
Kia’s Sorento Hybrid is a seven-seater that’s good for around 8.5 miles on a full charge, with a top speed of approximately 75mph and an electric range of up to 30 miles. The car comes with a CVT, three-cylinder engine that runs at an electric power of 61hp and 154lb-ft. Given this, the car can go from 0 to 62mph in 16 seconds. Kia claims it has 30% better fuel consumption than their average hybrid model and 32% lower passive drag than a conventional vehicle.
Hybrids are the future! Not only do they boast impressive fuel efficiency ratings, but they also emit lower levels of pollutants and are environmentally friendly. As we head into 2022, hybrids are becoming more and more popular as the most fuel-efficient options on the market. If you’re looking to impact the environment positively, hybrid cars are a perfect choice! Let us know what you think in the comments below!