Gas prices have skyrocketed. You're probably paying more at the pump these past few weeks than you ever have before. With that in mind, now might be the perfect time to turn in your normal gas-powered car for something a bit more efficient.
Although electric vehicles are the obvious choice if you want to rid yourself of fuel costs entirely, the availability and affordability of those vehicles remains an issue. Instead, you might have a better chance of hopping into a traditional hybrid car or even a plug-in hybrid, which there are a number of options on the market today.
Traditional hybrids have been around for years, combing a small gas engine with a small battery pack to improve the overall range of your car without necessitating a plug. Plug-in hybrids, as the name suggests, come with a bigger battery pack that requires external electric charging – but with that, PHEVs can drive on battery power alone up to a certain mileage before the gas engine kicks in.
Either way, these two types of vehicles offer much better mileage than what a normal Honda Civic or Toyota Camry might be getting already. We've picked ten of the most efficient – five hybrids and five plug-ins – that you should consider as gas prices continue to rise.
Fuel Economy: 58 City / 60 Highway / 59 Combined
Total Range: 702 Miles
Starting Price: $24,645
At the top of the fuel-economy heap is the hyper-efficient Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid – specifically the Blue model. This version enhances the Ioniq's already impressive fuel economy with 15-inch Eco rims, low-resistance tires, and active grille shutters that close on the highway to create less drag. Better yet, the Ioniq Blue is the most affordable option of the bunch, asking $24,645 to start (with destination included).
Fuel Economy: 58 City / 53 Highway / 56 Combined
Total Range: 633 Miles
Starting Price: $25,635
The Toyota Prius Eco is second only to the Ioniq in efficiency, returning up to 56 miles per gallon combined. This version of the Prius, introduced in 2018, has a lighter weight and better aerodynamics than the traditional model, and is also the most affordable trim. The Prius L Eco starts at $25,635.
Fuel Economy: 55 City / 49 Highway / 52 Combined
Total Range: 551 Miles
Starting Price: $26,775
The Honda Insight doesn't have the same name recognition as the Prius, and yet, the electrified sedan has been around for longer than its friend from Toyota. The Insight returns an impressive 52 miles per gallon thanks to its hybridized 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and delivers a total driving range of 551 miles, according to the EPA. The Honda Insight starts at $26,775 for the 2022 model year.
Fuel Economy: 53 City / 52 Highway / 52 Combined
Total Range: 593
Starting Price: $24,760
The traditional non-hybrid Corolla is already one of the most efficient cars in its class. So the Hybrid model builds upon that fuel-sipping base car with a 1.8-liter hybrid engine that delivers up to 52 mpg combined and a maximum driving range of 593 miles – more than the Honda Insight. The Corolla Hybrid is also a relative bargain at $24,760 to start.
Fuel Economy: 51 City / 52 Highway / 52 Combined
Total Range: 686
Starting Price: $28,490
Three of the five cars on this list are Toyota products, with the Camry Hybrid rounding out the group. To be specific, the LE model is the most efficient trim. Returning 52 mpg combined, the Camry Hybrid LE matches its baby brother the Corolla Hybrid, and bests every other mid-size hybrid sedan in the class. The Camry also has a driving range of 686 miles thanks to its larger fuel tank.
Fuel Economy: 133 mpge
Electric Range: 25 Miles
Total Range: 640 Miles
Starting Price: $29,230
While the standard Prius is second among traditional hybrids, the Prius Prime is the range and fuel economy king when it comes to current plug-in-hybrid models. With 133 mpge and an electric driving range of 25 miles, the Prius Prime can drive up to 640 miles on a fill-up. In order to get behind the wheel of a new Prius Prime, it will cost you at least $29,230 with destination fees included.
Fuel Economy: 119 mpge
Electric Range: 29 Miles
Total Range: 620 Miles
Starting Price: $27,845
As with Toyota and the Prius, Hyundai has its own version of the fuel-sipping Ioniq Hybrid – the aptly named Ioniq Plug-In. Returning 119 mpge, the Ioniq Plug-In offers a Prius-beating 29 miles of electric range and can drive up to 620 miles on a single charge. It's a bit more affordable than the comparable Toyota, too, starting at $27,845.
Fuel Economy: 105 mpge
Electric Range: 26 Miles
Total Range: 560 Miles
Starting Price: $30,805
Kia makes this list for the first time with the semi battery-powered Niro PHEV. Delivering a combined 105 mpge, the Niro PHEV has an electric driving range of 26 miles and a total driving range of 560 miles. The starting price for this plug-in is a cool $30,805.
Fuel Economy: 105 mpge
Electric Range: 37 Miles
Total Range: 520 Miles
Starting Price: $35,830
When it comes to plug-in crossovers, the Escape PHEV is the most efficient of the bunch. It returns 105 mpge, can drive 37 miles on battery power alone, and comes with a total driving range of 520 miles. The cheapest way to get into an Escape PHEV is by selecting the base SE model, which starts at $35,830.
Fuel Economy: 94 mpge
Electric Range: 42 Miles
Total Range: 600 Miles
Starting Price: $42,680
The Toyota RAV4 Prime has the best electric range of any car on this list, delivering 42 miles of battery power on a single charge. But its 94 mpge is down compared to some of the other cars and crossovers on this list, plus this model is pricey compared to the rest. The RAV4 Prime starts at $42,680.
Which Hybrid Gets The Best Gas Mileage?
The Hyundai Ioniq Blue is the most efficient hybrid car on sale today, returning 58 mpg city, 60 highway, and 59 combined.
What’s The Most Fuel-Efficient SUV?
The Ford Escape PHEV is the most-efficient SUV or crossover on sale today. Thanks to its plug-in-hybrid powertrain, the Escape has an mpge rating of 105, can drive up to 37 miles on battery power alone, and has a total driving range of 520 miles.
Which Plug-In Hybrid Has The Best Battery Range?
The Toyota RAV4 Prime has the best electric driving range of any plug-in on sale today. The RAV4 can drive up to 42 miles on battery power alone, and has a total driving range of 600 miles with the gas engine included.