In these days of escalating fuel prices, hybrids have become an increasingly popular choice among car buyers seeking to reduce the costs of operating their vehicles. But it is more than just fuel savings that is drawing them but also the improved performance that these cars offer, since some of them are even faster than their gas-engine counterparts. Here are ten of the best hybrid cars that you can get for less than $30,000.
Subaru XV Crosstrek
This affordable compact SUV offers an excellent EPA-rated fuel efficiency of 25 mpg city driving and 33 mpg highway. In addition, it has standard all-wheel drive which allows drivers to take the Crosstrek off-road, if they choose. Handling is smooth overall and the SUV has strong brakes and crisp steering. The interior is comfortable and functional, and the cabin is spacious with lots of legroom in the back, and there is also more than enough cargo space. Standard features include keyless entry, Bluetooth phone with audio connectivity and six-speaker audio system with audio and cruise controls mounted on the steering wheel.
This small car is the best-selling VW vehicle as it offers great value for money. Available as a sedan or with a wagon body, the diesel-powered version of this hybrid offers eye-popping fuel efficiency rankings of combined 45 mpg with 42 mpg in city driving and 48 mpg on the highway. The Jetta sedan also boasts of a surprisingly roomy interior, with ample legroom in the rear seats and trunk space of 15.5 cubic feet.
Toyota Prius C
This is the most affordable Toyota hybrid, putting it within the reach of most car buyers’ budgets. It offers fuel efficiency ratings of 50 mpg combined with 53 mpg in the city and 46 on the highway. The Prius C has a surprisingly roomy cabin that can accommodate five passengers and also has a spacious 17 cubic feet of cargo space. Standard features include a four-speaker audio system with CD player and AM/FM radio, automatic climate control, keyless entry, USB inputs and Bluetooth streaming.
Ford C-Max Hybrid
Buyers who are looking more than just fuel efficiency will find the C-Max a good choice since it provides a fun driving experience and comfortable ride in addition to the fuel savings. The five door hatchback can seat up to four people and has fuel efficiency of 43 mpg combined with 45 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. The cabin boasts of lots of soft-touch surfaces that give the interior a plush feel, as well as abundant headroom and legroom in the rear. Driver fatigue is lessened with outstanding ergonomic design of the controls, which are readily accessible. Base features include a six-speaker audio system, dual-zone climate control and seventeen-inch alloy wheels.
This affordable luxury sedan offers an entry into this class of car. It offers fuel efficiency ratings of 38 mpg combined with 39 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Standard features include power slide/tilt moonroof, dual-zone climate control and keyless entry as well as Bluetooth capability and USB port that is compatible with iPhones. The interior features luxurious leather seats as well as a roomy front with heated seats and an eight-way powered driver’s seat.
Ford Fusion Hybrid
This midsize family sedan boasts superior combined fuel efficiency ratings of 47 mpg in both city and highway driving. While the interior is not as roomy as some of its rivals, the Fusion can still seat up to four adults comfortably, and the rear seats can be folded back to provide additional cargo space. Base features include four speaker audio system with AM/FM radio and CD player as well as auxiliary output, manual climate control, SYNC wireless communication system with voice control and tilting/telescoping steering wheel.
Toyota Prius V
This five-passenger hybrid offers superior fuel efficiency numbers while providing a smooth ride as well as the flexibility of rearranging the rear seats to provide more passenger room or increased cargo space. Fuel efficiency of the Prius V is a combined 42 mpg with 44 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. The rear seats can be slid aside to provide additional legroom or be folded to provide a more comfortable ride or more space. The front passenger seat can be reclined as well to accommodate longer items.
Toyota Camry Hybrid
This four-door sedan provides all the features that most car buyers want, while offering superior fuel efficiency. The Camry has combined fuel efficiency of 41 mpg with 43 mpg I the city and 39 mpg on the highway. The interior of the cabin is roomy with lots of head, leg and hip room and the seats provide adequate support. The design of rear bench seat has also been reconfigured to ensure that even the middle passenger has a comfortable ride. Base features include cruise control, air conditioning, Bluetooth, numerous power assists as well as a contingent of ten airbags.
Honda Accord Hybrid
This midsize sedan is a full-featured family car with above-average fuel efficiency ratings. The Honda Accord features combined fuel efficiency ratings of 47 mpg combined with 50 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway. The five-passenger cabin is not only roomy but also user-friendly, with accessible controls and outstanding visibility. Standard features include an eight-inch screen that displays navigation, audio and phone information as well as having a rear-view camera, dual-zone automatic climate control and 160-watt audio system with AM/FM radio and CD player as well as Pandora Internet radio capability.
The Prius is one of the pioneer hybrid brands and the 2015 model continues to be one of the industry leaders in fuel efficiency with a combined 47 mpg with 50 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway. The dashboard is user-friendly, with controls mounted in the steering wheel to operate the Touch Tracer Display that controls a number of hybrid-operation and fuel-usage displays. Other standard features include height-adjustable driver’s seat, automatic window controls, Bluetooth and a six-inch touch screen audio display.