No longer thought of as underpowered econo-boxes, hybrid cars have really come into their own over the last few years. Their electric/gas motor combos give us power when we need it and fuel economy when we don’t, and regenerative braking can make their ranges even longer. Here, we’ll list 2015’s best bets in the hybrid car market.
The 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid
Many testers believe that the 2015 Accord hybrid is quick for a midsize, and that its electric and gas motors give sufficient power for fast acceleration. The Accord gets 50mpg in the city and 45 on the highway, which is great for a hybrid vehicle. Its ride is amply comfortable, and handling is better than expected, but steering is a bit stiff at times.
The Ford Fusion
The 2015 Fusion Hybrid is equipped with a four-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor, and testers feel that it has enough power for most driving situations. Especially notable is the Fusion’s seamless transitioning between electric and gas power. These cars come with auto transmissions as standard equipment, and the Fusion gets 44mpg in the city and 41 on the highway.
The Toyota Camry
The 2015 hybrid Camry’s electric and gas motors give quick acceleration and enough power from a dead stop. At cruising speeds, the transition between electric and gas power is smooth, but from a stop, the gas engine can abruptly restart. Fuel economy is good, but competitors have the edge when it comes to fuel economy.
The Prius V
Testers say that the Prius V’s acceleration is anemic, but adequate for a vehicle in its class. The Prius V is standard-equipped with a CVT auto transmission, and it gets 44mpg in the city and 40 on the highway. While far from agile, the Prius V is relaxed in the corners and it has good brakes and a comfortable ride.
The Chevy Volt
The Volt gets its power from two electric motors, with a four-cylinder gas engine that generates power for the batteries. Testers say that the Volt’s motors deliver snappy acceleration and plenty of power, and the vehicle is whisper-quiet in electric mode. Transition between electric and gas power is smooth, and the Volt has a 38-mile electric-only range – which is stellar for a plug-in hybrid.
There are many choices on the hybrid car market, and each has its pros and cons. When you’re looking for fuel economy, hybrids are hard to beat. While some have a slight edge over others, we wholeheartedly recommend any of the vehicles on this list.