With California gas prices consistently high and hybrid options being offered on an increasing number of models, we’re seeing more of our clients considering an optional hybrid powertrain for their new car.

There are two types of hybrid systems: plug-in hybrids, and traditional hybrids. Plug-in hybrids typically utilize a larger electric motor and a higher capacity battery that can be charged externally via an outlet. Plug-in hybrids have the ability to drive on just electric power for short distances (10 to 50 miles depending on the model) because of the upsized motor and battery.

Traditional hybrids, like the popular Toyota Prius, use smaller motors and batteries and rely solely on the engine to charge the battery. While they may at times travel on electric power only, it is only for very short distances and often at lower speeds. Hybrids use the electric motors to power the car when the engine is the least efficient allowing them to achieve tremendous fuel economy.

At Cartelligent, we help thousands of people each year decide which vehicle will work best for them. We’ve used this data to compile a list of our top-selling traditional hybrid vehicles.


10. Ford Fusion Hybrid (43 mpg city/41 mpg highway)

Why we love it: The Fusion, which is also offered as a plug-in hybrid or a gas model, offers a well-appointed cabin and a responsive drive. Ford SYNC comes standard and voice-activated navigation is an available upgrade.


9. Toyota Prius c (48 mpg city/43 mpg highway)

Why we love it: The Prius c is a small hatchback with great fuel economy and more standard safety features than any car in its class. The Prius c is a great choice for clients who commute long distances daily.


8. Lexus NX 300h (33 mpg city/30 mpg highway)

Why we love it: Lexus is known for its luxury hybrids and they continue the trend with the NX 300h. Combining 198-horsepower with standard all-wheel drive, the NX also averages a best-in-class 31 mpg. The interior features a 10-inch screen and premium leather seats.



7. Honda Accord Hybrid (47 mpg city/47 mpg highway)

Why we love it: The Accord is Honda’s best selling car and the hybrid version lives up to the brand’s standard. With best in class fuel economy, a dual-screen infotainment system and a 212-horsepower hybrid powertrain, the Accord Hybrid is a standout.



6. Lexus ES 300h (40 mpg city/39 mpg highway)

Why we love it: The ES is available as a gas-powered 350 and a hybrid 300h. Both offer a comfortable, well-appointed interior, a smooth ride, and the latest in technology and gadgets.



5. Toyota Camry Hybrid (51 mpg city/53 mpg highway)

Why we love it: Refreshed for 2018, the Camry Hybrid has an abundance of new features. The interior comes with three USB ports, an 8-inch touch screen, and a JBL sound system. The car produces over 200-horsepower and averages 52 mpg.



4. Lexus RX 450h (31 mpg city/28 mpg highway)

Why we love it: The Lexus RX Hybrid combines a luxury interior with seating for seven, with an aggressive design. The V6 and electric motors produce 308-horsepower and the RX 450h averages 30 mpg. 



3.Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (34 mpg city/30 mpg highway)

Why we love it: The RAV4 has one of the lowest starting prices of any hybrid SUV and offers solid safety features, a roomy interior, and very good fuel economy. It can be optioned with things like a 360-degree camera and a 7-inch touchscreen. 

2. Toyota Prius (54 mpg city/50 mpg highway)

Why we love it: The Toyota Prius is the most popular hybrid in the world and it holds that title for a reason. With a combined fuel economy of 52 mpg, the Prius is one of the most efficient hybrids on the market. The Prius can also be optioned with an array of safety features and tech.



1. Toyota Highlander Hybrid (29 mpg city/27 mpg highway)

Why we love it: The Highlander Hybrid is the complete package. It features three rows with plenty of storage space with good fuel economy. It uses a V6 paired with two electric motors that in total make 306-horsepower. 


Whether or not a hybrid vehicle is right for you, Cartelligent can help you get a great deal on exactly what you want. Call our team of car-buying experts at 888-427-4270 or get started today.