The 14 Most Efficient Hybrids You Can Buy in 2019

Here are a group of new cars that will deliver more than 40 mpg without asking you to give up a thing.


    Gasoline electric hybrid vehicles have been available for more than 20 years, beginning with the launch of the Toyota Prius in 1997, and the Honda Insight in 1999. Since that time the Prius became a symbol of environmental awareness as more than 4.4 million of the model have been sold worldwide. But sales of the Prius have been dropping lately—it faces competition from other hybrids and its luster as the car for eco-friendly “greens” has is being tarnished by the new, all-electric Tesla Model 3.

    Hybrids use a combination of a gasoline engine and electric drive to increase both fuel economy and performance. By storing energy during braking or coasting downhill in an onboard battery, and giving it back when accelerating, a hybrid improves efficiency by a noticeable amount. Because the battery doesn’t need to be as large as it does in a fully battery electric vehicle, the costs can be less and hybrids don’t necessarily require charging from the grid, making them attractive as a transition to the eventual full electrification of the transportation system.

    For these reasons, hybrids have become popular and are available from a number of manufacturers. What’s more, unlike the unique styling of the Prius that screams its hybrid status, many hybrid systems are now integrated as an option into the gasoline version of a vehicle. Nothing to see here folks…

    If you notice a lack of crossovers and sport-utility vehicles, that’s because the best fuel economy ratings from those higher profile offerings is 39 mpg (Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Lexus UX250h Hybrid).

    Here then is a list of the most fuel-efficient, over 40 mpg, 2019 model-year, hybrid vehicles that you can buy in the US. We have listed them in decreasing order of their EPA Combined fuel economy.

    Senior Editor Kevin Clemens has been writing about energy, automotive, and transportation topics for more than 30 years. He has masters degrees in Materials Engineering and Environmental Education and a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in aerodynamics. He has set several world land speed records on electric motorcycles that he built in his workshop.

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  • 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

    Hyundai’s 2019 Ioniq hatchback is available as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid that allows limited range on its electric batteries, and a fully battery electric vehicle. The lowest price “Blue” trim package offers the highest EPA combined mileage at 58 mpg, while other trim levels offer 55 mpg combined mileage.

    EPA Combined Mileage:                   58 mpg

    MSRP Base price:                                $23,320

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  • 2019 Toyota Prius

    Now in its fourth generation (since 2015) and with a 2018 face-lift, the Toyota Prius is still what most people think of when they think of a hybrid. For 2019, the Prius is available with all-wheel drive, which reduces its fuel economy to 50 mpg, compared to the 56 mpg that the ordinary two-wheel drive version delivers. A smaller version of the Prius C is also available, but the larger Prius V has been discontinued.

    EPA Combined Mileage:                    56 mpg

    MSRP Base Price:                               $24,700

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  • 2019 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

    Using mechanical components from the Prius, the Corolla Hybrid hides its fuel superior fuel efficiency under a standard Corolla wrapper. It gives back 52 mpg combined EPA mileage and, unlike the Prius that leaves no doubt, none of your friends and neighbors need know that you are a secret green fiend.

    EPA Combined Mileage:                   52 mpg

    MSRP Base Price:                               $23,880

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  • 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid

    It seems like Honda isn’t really sure what the Insight should be. During its first iteration in 1999, it was an oddly-shaped two seat commuter car that went even further in its styling than the Prius to announce its greenness. In its second generation, the Insight was slightly less oddball, was equipped with four doors and seating for five, but developed a reputation for less than stellar battery reliability. Now in its third generation, the Honda Insight is basically a Honda Civic with a hybrid drivetrain, which makes it appear to be mainstream. Up to 52 mpg is the bottom line.

    EPA Combined Mileage:                   52 mpg

    MSRP Base Price:                               $23,850

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  • 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid

    An even more stealth hybrid is the 2019 Camry from Toyota. Based upon one of the most popular sedans in America, the Camry Hybrid is a big, roomy, comfortable car that happens to get up to 52 mpg, thanks to its seamless hybrid drive system. In many ways, this car is the culmination of 20 years of Toyota experience in building both hybrid vehicles and superb sedans.

    EPA Combined Mileage:                   52 mpg

    MSRP Base Price:                               $29,330

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  • 2019 Kia Niro Hybrid

    Almost fitting into the Crossover Utility category, the Kia Niro is tall and roomy, but can deliver 50 mpg in its FE version. Available only with front-wheel drive, the Niro does provide a higher driving position than other hybrids like the Prius or Insight.

    EPA Combined Mileage:                   50 mpg

    MSRP Base Price:                               $24,485

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  • 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid

    As with the Camry, the Honda Accord Hybrid takes a really good sedan and simply adds in a more efficient drivetrain. Quiet and comfortable, the Accord Hybrid also delivers 48 mpg EPA combined mileage.

    EPA Combined Mileage:                   48 mpg

    MSRP Base Price:                               $26,240

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  • 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

    With General Motors axing a large number of its sedans, the Chevrolet Malibu is one that has been spared, at least for the time being. The hybrid returns 46 mpg in a roomy mid-sized traditional American automobile.

    EPA Combined Mileage:                   46 mpg

    MSRP Base Price:                               $29,095

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  • 2019 Lexus ES300h

    The concept of a luxury car seems at odds with fuel economy. Yet, as a big, roomy, and comfortable luxury car, the hybrid version of the newly redone Lexus ES300 delivers a satisfying 44 mpg, making it one of the most fuel efficient luxury cars available from any manufacturer.

    EPA Combined Mileage:                   44 mpg

    MSRP Base Price:                               $42,585

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  • 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

    Using the same platform and technology as Toyota’s RAV4, Prius and Camry, the Avalon Hybrid offers the traditional space and roominess of a mid-size car with a fuel economy of up to 44 mpg. This might be Toyota’s most stealthy hybrid.

    EPA Combined Mileage:                   44 mpg

    MSRP Base Price:                               $37,595

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  • 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid

    The Fusion got a facelift for 2019, and the hybrid version benefits. With a fuel economy of 42 mpg, the Fusion Hybrid doesn’t quite match some of Toyota’s best offering in fuel economy, but some people just want an “American” nameplate, and the Ford accommodates those desires.

    EPA Combine Mileage:                     42 mpg

    MSRP Base Price:                               $28,550

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  • 2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

    Carrying over from 2018, the Sonata Hybrid is another mid-sized sedan that provides good value, a comfortable ride, and up to 42 mpg of EPA combined fuel economy.

    EPA Combined Mileage:                   42 mpg

    MSRP Base Price:                               $26,670              

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  • 2019 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

    The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid uses the same hybrid drivetrain technology as the Ford Fusion, but wraps it in a more luxurious package that can return 41 mpg. Lincoln charges the same for its hybrid as it does for its gasoline-only model—an unusual move from the luxury carmaker.

    EPA Combined Mileage:                   41 mpg

    MSRP Base Price:                               $36,990

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  • 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid

    If you don’t want to know anything about hybrids, but want to get as much as 41 mpg, the Kia Optima Hybrid might be for you. The integration of the electric and gasoline drivetrain is practically seamless and only at the pump will you know that you have been benefitting from its operation.

    EPA Combined Mileage:                   41 mpg

    MSRP Base Price:                               $29,015

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