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15 Hybrid Vehicles That Offer Incredible Fuel Efficiency

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The automotive industry is rapidly driving toward full electrification behind government mandates, emissions regulations, and consumer desires. While many of the new models making their debuts over the past few years have been all-electric offerings, there are still plenty of great hybrid cars available.




These models offer an amalgamation of some of the best characteristics of internal combustion and electric cars — they offer the convenience of filling up a tank with gasoline instead of charging a battery pack, and they stretch each of those gallons further with their electric motor(s). Fortunately for consumers, hybrid cars often don’t have much more than their internal combustion engine (ICE) counterparts, and most are mainstream models that carry agreeable price tags overall.


For this list, we’ve included the best non-plug-in hybrid models. These models allow drivers to not worry about installing a charger in their home or finding one on the go. Unlike plug-in hybrids, standard hybrid models cannot drive solely on electric power. Still, they can be driven completely without regard to battery charge status — they simply deliver a traditional driving experience with exceptional fuel mileage. Here are the 15 most fuel-efficient hybrid models according to their EPA ratings you can buy today.


Updated on February 14, 2024: This article has been refreshed with the latest information available on each listed hybrid model. Whether you want something luxurious, cost-effective, or a middle-ground SUV or sedan hybrid, there are many worthy choices this year. Toyota remains king in the fuel efficiency department, although brands like Hyundai, Kia, and Honda are in close competition. We’re in the golden era of hybrid and PHEV driving.

To provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information possible, TopSpeed has sourced specs and fuel ratings for this article from the EPA, as well as official manufacturer sites. We’ve also gathered information from credible websites, including Car and Driver. This list has been sorted from the lowest combined MPG to the vehicle with the best fuel rating.

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15 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid

Fuel Economy: 36 Combined MPG


The Toyota Highlander has always been a popular model for drivers, with the 2024 hybrid version standing out. This newest ‘Grand Highlander’ version of an iconic nameplate boasts impressive MPG specs, including 37 city MPG, 34 highway, and a combined fuel rating of 36 MPG. The Grand Highlander SUV is a larger vehicle, so having good mileage per gallon at its magnitude is impressive.

Specs and Features

Fuel economy

36 combined, 37 city / 34 highway

Engine

2.4-liter 4-cylinder / 2.5-liter 4-cylinder

Horsepower

265 horses

Torque

310 pound-feet

Transmission

Six-speed automatic CVT

Drivetrain

AWD

Starting price

$45,020


Table data sourced from Toyota


You also want to be aware that this model boasts various trim levels, with a Hybrid MAX feature getting your Grand Highlander to produce 400 pound-feet. Of course, this cuts down MPG to 27 combined, but you’ll have plenty of fun. Regardless, this nameplate continues to grow and be a top seller for Toyota, so who knows what will come next.

14 2024 Toyota Sienna

Fuel Economy: 36 Combined MPG


Moving to mini-vans, the 2024 Toyota Sienna Hybrid is proving to handle itself quite well on the road. This newest release is a hybrid, with fuel economy of either 36 or 35 MPG combined, depending on whether you get the optional all-wheel-drive system. That’s pretty good considering the size of the vehicle, also boasting a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 245 horsepower, and a 650-volt nickel-metal hydride: all for a starting MSRP of $37,685.

Specs and Features

Fuel economy

36 combined, 36 city / 36 highway

Engine

2.5-liter four-cylinder

Horsepower

245 horses

Torque

176 pound-feet

Transmission

Continuously variable transmission

Drivetrain

FWD and AWD available

Starting price

$37,685


Table data sourced from Toyota


Again, it’s not uncommon for vans to see fewer miles per gallon when fully loaded with people, equipment, or heavy objects, but Sienna is a step in the right direction.

13 2024 Honda CR-V Hybrid

Fuel Economy: 37 Combined MPG


Next, the 2024 Honda CR-V Hybrid offers great mileage, both with gas and electric. Notably, this fan-favorite has seen a redesign, boasting 40 miles per gallon in the city, 34 on the highway, and up to 40 MPG with front-wheel drive. This hybrid has a combined MPG of 37, putting it up there with competing brands like Toyota. The Honda CR-V has been a staple for the brand since 1997, seeing many tweaks and advancements. This newest generation vehicle boasts a boxier design, almost resembling the Toyota Highlander.

Specs and Features

Fuel economy

37 combined, 40 city / 34 highway

Engine

1.5-liter four-cylinder

Horsepower

190 horses

Torque

247 pound-feet

Transmission

Continuously variable transmission

Drivetrain

FWD or AWD available

Starting price

$34,050


Table data sourced from Honda


With a standard 190-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and front- or all-wheel drive, this SUV is one to compete with for the upcoming year. Not to mention its base MSRP of $34,050.

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12 2024 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid

Fuel Economy: 37 Combined MPG


Another great release from Hyundai is the 2023 Tucson Hybrid. This SUV is EPA-estimated at 37 MPG combined (37 city/36 highway) and comes in a plug-in option that allows up to 33 miles of fully electric range per charge. That is exciting for Tucson drivers, as well as anyone wanting to make a gradual shift towards full EV driving. This is one of the brand’s most popular SUVs, as well as one of the more chosen in the segment, so Hyundai tends to give it VIP treatment.

Specs and Features

Fuel economy

37 combined, 37 city / 36 highway

Engine

1.6-liter four-cylinder

Horsepower

180 horses

Torque

178 pound-feet

Transmission

Eight-speed automatic

Drivetrain

AWD

Starting price

$32,325


Table data sourced from Hyundai


Notably, the 2024 Hyundai Tucson has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, 180 horsepower, and a comfortable starting price of under $35,000, making this the perfect choice for an eco-conscious consumer.

11 2024 Ford Escape ST-Line Hybrid

Fuel Economy: 39 Combined MPG


Another hybrid we love for combined MPG is the 2024 Ford Escape ST-Line Hybrid, boasting 42 city MPG and 36 highway MPG, with a combined rating of 39 MPG. These are pretty impressive figures for the brand, as well as the Escape hybrid. Ford has seen success with this model, as well as launched a PHEV version with a similar build.

Specs and Features

Fuel economy

39 combined, 42 city / 36 highway

Engine

2.5-liter iVCT Atkinson Cycle I-4 Hybrid

Horsepower

192 horses

Torque

155 pound-feet

Transmission

Eight-speed automatic transmission

Drivetrain

FWD or AWD

Starting price

$30,490


Table data sourced from Ford


Again, Ford has done well with its hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and even electric SUV lineup, with the Escape being no different. For 2024, you can choose from the standard ST-Line hybrid as well as a PHEV model. With a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 192 horsepower, and a starting MSRP of ~$30,000, this is one to consider.

10 2024 Lexus UX

Fuel Economy: 39 Combined MPG


The Lexus UX occupies a unique position on this list as it’s only one of a few new crossovers to return 39 combined MPG, and it’s one of just two crossovers among the most efficient hybrid cars of 2024. Lexus’ smallest little crossover returns an impressive 39 combined mpg (41 city/38 highway).

Specs and Features

Fuel economy

39 combined, 41 city / 38 highway

Engine

2.0-liter four-cylinder

Horsepower

181 horses

Torque

139 pound-feet

Transmission

Continuously variable transmission

Drivetrain

FWD and AWD available

Starting price

$35,540


Table data sourced from Lexus


The 2023 and 2024 Lexus UX 250h is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder hybrid powertrain delivering 181 horsepower and paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to aid its efficiency. The UX isn’t the most practical or lively subcompact luxury crossover, but it delivers the refinement expected of the Lexus brand and can serve as an upscale city commuter. It’s also the most affordable model in its class, with a starting price of $35,540.

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9 2024 Kia Sportage Hybrid

Fuel Economy: 43 Combined MPG


The Kia Sportage is a bit of a shapeshifter, as it can be had in over 10 trims with either internal combustion only, hybrid, or plug-in hybrid powertrains. Adding to the choices, the standard Sportage Hybrid can be had with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Unsurprisingly, the FWD version is the most efficient and will return 43 combined mpg, making the Sportage the most fuel-efficient hybrid crossover on sale today. This is the same for both 2023 and 2024 models.

Specs and Features

Fuel economy

43 combined, 42 city / 44 highway

Engine

1.6-liter inline-four cylinder

Horsepower

226 horses

Torque

258 pound-feet

Transmission

Six-speed automatic transmission

Drivetrain

FWD or AWD available

Starting price

$29,965


Table data sourced from Kia


To boot, the Sportage Hybrid doesn’t completely focus on efficiency. Its 1.6-liter hybrid drivetrain pumps out a notable 226 horsepower. It also has engaging styling throughout and a long list of standard features, and the base LX hybrid model starts under $30,000 with destination. For those who want a crossover and put efficiency above all else, the Sportage Hybrid is the top choice.

8 2024 Lexus ES 300h

Fuel Economy: 44 Combined MPG


Spoiler alert — Lexus is the only luxury manufacturer to have its models land in the top 10 most efficient hybrids of 2023. The Japanese automaker’s ES 300h model underscores that not all hybrids have to focus solely on the economy. The midsize sedan is more spacious and practical than most of the models on this list, and of course, it comes with the Lexus refinement of a quiet, upscale cabin and upmarket amenities. This specific sedan rates 44 combined MPG, with 43 in the city and 44 MPG on highways. It’s very impressive.

Specs and Features

Fuel economy

44 combined, 43 city / 44 highway

Engine

2.5-liter four-cylinder

Horsepower

215 horses

Torque

163 pound-feet

Transmission

Continuous variable transmission

Drivetrain

FWD

Starting price

$44,590


Table data sourced from Lexus


The 300h hybrid model is available in three trims, from sport-styled F Sport, which starts at just around $50,000 with destination fees, to the top-spec Ultra Luxury model, which tops the entire ES range for under $50,000.

7 2024 Honda Accord Hybrid

Fuel Economy: 48 Combined MPG


The Honda Accord is a venerable champ of the midsize sedan segment, providing impressive driving dynamics, a long list of features, an upmarket cabin, impressive practicality, and attractive styling. Better still, the 2023 and 2024 Accord is one of the most fuel-efficient midsize sedans available, returning 44 combined mpg.

Specs and Features

Fuel economy

48 combined, 51 city / 44 highway

Engine

2.0-liter four-cylinder / 1.5-liter four-cylinder

Horsepower

192–204 horses

Torque

247 pound-feet

Transmission

Continuous variable transmission

Drivetrain

FWD

Starting price

$32,895


Table data sourced from Honda


The top four Accord trims are all exclusively powered by a hybrid powertrain developing 204 horsepower, making it slightly more powerful than the non-hybrid models. And while some hybrids aren’t exactly thrilling to drive, the Accord Hybrid delivers a composed and refined driving quality that begets its $32,895 starting price.

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6 2024 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Fuel Economy: 50 Combined MPG


The 2024 Toyota Corolla Hybrid will not only save buyers on fuel costs — it’s the cheapest new hybrid model on sale today. The Corolla Hybrid starts at just $23,500, and even the most expensive hybrid model rings in at under $27,000. With its bargain-hunter-leading status, the 2024 Corolla Hybrid will return up to 50 combined mpg, even with all-wheel drive.

Specs and Features

Fuel economy

50 combined, 53 city / 46 highway

Engine

1.8-liter four-cylinder

Horsepower

134 horses

Torque

156 pound-feet

Transmission

Continuous variable transmission

Drivetrain

Inline-four hybrid drivetrain

Starting price

$23,500


Table data sourced from Toyota


The hybridized Corolla isn’t the most exciting hybrid to drive, as its inline-four hybrid drivetrain delivers 134 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. But in addition to being extremely efficient, the Corolla Hybrid delivers a comfortable ride quality, plenty of standard features, and compact sedan pragmaticism.

5 2024 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Fuel Economy: 52 Combined MPG


The 2024 Toyota Camry Hybrid blends all the positive attributes of the standard model, but it has a parsimonious appetite for gasoline, returning up to 52 combined mpg. Even the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid Camry returns 20 combined MPG less. The Camry Hybrid’s powertrain dishes out 176 horses. It’s available in four trims. The base LE is the most efficient of the bunch, but the more upscale SE, XLE, and XSE Hybrid models return a notable 46 combined mpg.

Specs and Features

Fuel economy

52 combined, 51 city / 53 highway

Engine

2.5-liter four-cylinder

Horsepower

176 horses

Torque

163 pound-feet

Transmission

Continuous variable transmission

Drivetrain

FWD

Starting price

$28,855


Table data sourced from Toyota


Pricing for the LE Hybrid starts under $30,000. As expected of anything wearing a Camry badge, there are plenty of desirable features included and relatively spacious accommodations, making it a supremely efficient family or commuter car.

4 2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Fuel Economy: 52 Combined MPG


The 2024 Hyundai Sonata is already one of the most appealing compact sedans available with its bevy of standard features, agreeable price, unique styling, comfort, and generous passenger and cargo space. Additionally, the Sonata Hybrid returns up to 52 combined mpg, making it one of the most efficient midsize sedans available. It returns 20 more miles to the gallon than the internal combustion-only Sonata. 2023 and 2024 MPG figures remain the same.

Specs and Features

Fuel economy

52 combined / 28 city, 38 highway

Engine

1.6-liter four-cylinder, 2.5-liter four-cylinder

Horsepower

192 horses

Torque

139 pound-feet

Transmission

Six-speed automatic

Drivetrain

Four-cylinder hybrid drivetrain

Starting price

$28,450


Table data sourced from Hyundai


The Sonata Hybrid is offered in three trim levels, and all are fitted by a four-cylinder hybrid drivetrain with a six-speed automatic transmission producing a total of 192 horsepower. The base “Blue” model starts at just $28,450, and for the features offered and the Sonata’s practicality and respectable driving dynamics, it’s easily one of the top choices among hybrid sedans.

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3 2024 Kia Niro Hybrid

Fuel Economy: 53 Combined MPG


The Kia Niro rides into its 2024 model year with all-new, attention-grabbing looks, updated features and technology, and an agreeable starting price of $26,940. The subcompact crossover (we’d argue it’s more of a hatchback) will net buyers an impressive 53 combined MPG in its most efficient trim. Even in its thirstiest guise, it’s rated for 49 combined MPG

Specs and Features

Fuel economy

53 combined / 53 city, 54 highway

Engine

1.6-liter four-cylinder

Horsepower

139 horses

Torque

195 pound-feet

Transmission

Six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission

Drivetrain

FWD

Starting price

$26,940


Table data sourced from Kia


Niro is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder paired with an electric motor for a total output of 139 horsepower. It isn’t quick, requiring 8.9 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 mph, but its small stature and efficiency make it a strong candidate for an urban cruiser. If the Niro’s notable fuel efficiency isn’t enough for prospective buyers, a plug-in hybrid model is also available.

2 2023 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

Fuel Economy: 54 Combined MPG


The 2023 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid shares many of the same characteristics as its bigger brother, the Sonata. It delivers impressive small-sedan pragmaticism; it sports attention-grabbing looks. It comes with a bevy of standard features, respectable driving characteristics, and an attractive starting price of $24,550. And while it’s a bit smaller than the Sonata, it’s also more efficient, returning an excellent 54 combined mpg in its base trim. The 2024 nameplate has not yet been released but is expected to carry over with the same MPG from 2023.

Specs and Features

Fuel economy

54 combined / 53 city, 56 highway

Engine

1.6-liter four-cylinder

Horsepower

139 horses

Torque

195 pound-feet

Transmission

Manual or automatic available

Drivetrain

FWD

Starting price

$24,550


Table data sourced from Hyundai


The Elantra Hybrid’s 1.6-liter engine and electric motor combined for 139 horsepower and an impressive 195 pound-feet of torque, and unlike most of the models on this list, there’s no CVT. Instead, the Hyundai is fitted with a dual-clutch transmission.

1 2024 Toyota Prius

Fuel Economy: 57 Combined MPG


The Toyota Prius has been completely reworked for 2023, with 2024 being a carryover, but it remains the most fuel-efficient hybrid on sale today. In its most economical trim, the Prius will return a staggering 57 combined mpg (57 city/56 highway), The Prius has long been an efficiency champ. Still, with its new generation, that’s now not its only appeal.

Specs and Features

Fuel economy

57 combined / 57 city, 56 highway

Engine

2.0-liter four-cylinder

Horsepower

194–196 horses

Torque

139 pound-feet

Transmission

Continuous variable transmission

Drivetrain

FWD and AWD available

Starting price

$27,950


Table data sourced from Toyota


The new Prius now has more power, 194 horses to be exact, it rides on a new platform that delivers improved driving dynamics, it now sports a non-polarizing design, and it comes packed with features and real-world pragmaticism. Additionally, it still starts at an agreeable $27,950. The 2023 and 2024 Prius are a massive step forward for the model, and it is now far more appealing for those who want ultimate efficiency from a hybrid car.

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