Six cheapest and best-selling hybrid cars
If you plan to go green, you need to take that passion and apply it to your cars as well. Today, you will find plenty of fuel efficient cars that consume less fuel than normal ones, which helps conserve the environment. These hybrid cars are equipped with a gasoline engine and an electric motor. But going green doesn’t necessarily mean skipping style and exterior. Now that automakers have started combining the two, hybrid cars are selling like hot cakes.
Here is my list of the most popular and top-notch hybrid cars. The following six best-selling hybrid cars also have a lot of luxury features, which makes them so attractive and expensive, of course.
Toyota Prius Hybrid:
It’s definitely not as big as the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid (mentioned below), but the Escalade’s sales pale in comparison to the Prius’s selling power. Actually, Prius is the number one selling hybrid car on the market. Environmentally friendly people love it for its excellent fuel economy and exterior design, which has become its signature style. The latest version is bigger and more comfortable and also has solar panels on the roof (which don’t spoil its overall appearance if you’re worried about that). The cheapest of all on the list, it has an attractive price of $24,200.
Cadillac Escalade Hybrid:
This fabulous car is a perfect example of how you don’t have to skip the glitter to save the environment. It’s the world’s first full-size luxury hybrid SUV, and thus comes at a whopping $73,850. If I were you, I wouldn’t skip this one because it has worthwhile features. It has a powerful V-8 engine and seats eight passengers. Its high-tech interior features include: an ultrasonic rear parking assist, a rear-view camera, and music control that automatically adjusts for background noise. It comes with a 25% improvement in fuel economy when compared to the standard Escalade. Obviously, it’s not as fuel efficient as smaller-size standard hybrid cars, but if you’re looking to combine luxury, space and utility and a more environmentally friendly vehicle, I recommend the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid.
For those of you who want to opt for a smaller but equally luxurious car like the Cadilac Hybrid Escalade, this is the one for you. It is the largest and most luxurious car produced by Toyota (which is the parent company of Lexus). It is different and unique in both external and internal aspects. The electric motor can propel the car at lower speeds to save gas and provide a power boost to the fuel economy of the gasoline engine at its best. I would recommend it if you want to combine an exciting ride with eco-friendly driving. Its interior is equally beautiful with a combination of elegant leather and wood. All Lexus vehicles have a Remote Touch Interface (RTI), but this particular 12.3-inch version is flashier than the road. It even has a rear-seat entertainment system with a cool underarm rest for cold drinks. Obviously, with all these quirky features, this car is priced at $119,910, which beats the Escalade.
Toyota Highlander Hybrid:
If you’re looking for a family vehicle that can carry a large number of people, as well as luggage, and is environmentally friendly, then the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is the perfect choice for you. It seats seven people and has plenty of room for luggage, sports equipment, etc. It has a sophisticated powertrain with a 3.5-liter V6 engine coupled with two electric motors instead of the usual one. It gives you up to 37 percent better fuel economy. It is also quite strong externally and is able to withstand harsh conditions and uneven dirt roads with no problem. Internally, as mentioned before, it’s roomy with plenty of legroom. It is equipped with the latest technology such as a 6.1-inch touchscreen “Display Audio” multimedia system and Toyota’s Entune service, which offers applications such as Bing search services, iheartradio.com and Pandora music. The price of $46,370 in my opinion is quite reasonable and affordable considering all the features it has to offer.
Honda Civic Hybrid:
The Honda Civic Hybrid is one of the most affordable hybrid cars on the market, so it automatically earns a spot on this list. It’s not much different from the standard Civic model, which makes it hard to tell apart. Its gas-electric powertrain consists of a 1.5-liter i-VTEC inline four-cylinder that is paired with an electric motor to deliver 110 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. The exterior is the same as the Civic, but the latest model has been updated with slightly different features and a better interior as well. The air outlets have been revised and the cabin has been made more soundproof. In general, the driving experience is also quite pleasant; it’s easy to drive and accelerates well. It is priced right at $24,360. However, lately its price has been beaten by the cheaper Honda Insight.
Toyota Camry Hybrid:
Another Toyota car on the list, which is not surprising considering that Toyota offers some of the best-selling and most popular hybrid cars. Like the Highlander Hybrid, this all-in-one also provides excellent performance and a comfortable, roomy interior. The engine is a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle inline four-cylinder gasoline combined with an electric motor. The car is available in two trim levels: the LE and the XLE. The former has all the basic features like air conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control, etc. The XLE is a more advanced version with cool extras like a 6.1-inch touchscreen and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio control. Compared to the standard Camry, overall there is a 26% improvement in fuel economy. The price is reasonable at $26,140 and the XLE version is $1530 more.