Today’s hybrid cars are not just more efficient than the yesterday’s models but they also offer better driving performances. In fact some hybrid models are even faster as compared to their gas-only counterparts all thanks to the immediate boost that’s provided by an electric motor.
They also consume less fuel as compared to the other models. Even though fuel prices might have dropped in recent times, staying focused on fuel economy still remains to be a smart move, it also means that you are playing your part in protecting the environment.
This year’s standout list of affordable and fuel-economic cars features a wide selection of roomy mid-sized sedans, compacts cars as well as all-wheel drive cars that cost under $30,000. Check out the following slideshow of the 10 best hybrid cars under $30,000:
10. 2016 Toyota Prius
The 2016 Toyota Prius is the 4th generation of the manufacturer’s iconic hybrid-electric vehicle, a mid-size 5-door hatchback in which each component has been developed to enhance efficiency and lower fuel consumption. The all-new Toyota Prius is reassuringly familiar yet radically different. The only difference hinges on whether you are outside or inside of this five-passenger luxurious SUV. One look at its exterior design, it is easy to see that the new Toyota Prius has changed greatly as compared to the previous model. Toyota’s highly praised hybrid car enters its 4th generation with a radically restyled skin. Among the most notable features is the giant spindle grille which appears bigger enough as compared to its predecessor. This is a bold move for the Japanese car manufacturer as well as a potential gamble taking into consideration that the Prius is the brand’s best-selling car.
Instantly notable with the aerodynamic wedge shape, everything concerning the present Toyota Prius edition breathes efficiency. The exterior design is targeted to become even more eye-catching and aerodynamic than its predecessor with a platform that’s 2.4-inches lengthier, 0.6 inches broader and 0.8 inches lower. This modern design is more athletic and sleeker than before, with the head-turning profile motivated by the runner in the beginning blocks. The bold lines and a lower hood profile lead the eye to the revamped front-end punctuated by modern front fascia and the LED headlights which complements cutting-edge LED taillights and a more active rear spoiler. The new Prius comes available in an array of colors from red to metallic silver, to a ‘sea glass pearl’.
Punctuating the interior is the decent 7″ color touchscreen display unit, a 10-speaker stereo, color head-up display, wireless cell phone charging and plastics which are better resolved and softer than the inexpensive, and scratchy surfaces decorating Prius’ predecessors.
All Prius grades now come with the coveted Entune Audio System that is a high-end multimedia package which features prime connectivity with the entire world around you. The Entune Multimedia Bundle is standard on the Prius Two and includes the 6-speaker audio system and the 6.1″ touchscreen with incredible support for voice controls. Also, it works with a backup camera. All other classes feature the Entune Premium Audio with the Integrated Navigation. The Entune App Suite that includes the real-time traffic, stocks, sports, radio, as well as the entertainment apps, comes subscription-free.
Engine/ Fuel Efficiency
Fuel economy has been enhanced by 0.5L/100km, the greatest gain of all the Prius generations. More significantly the general claim of 3.4L/100km is really attainable by real-world standards with the prudent use of the correct foot and the car’s ingenious CVT transmission. With a 1.8L 4-cylinder Aluminium DOHC 16 Valve engine as standard on all models the Prius has a horsepower of 95 – maybe not the most powerful engine but definitely one of the most economic!
New for this year’s model is a suite of safety choices which include blind spot monitoring, a pre-collision warning system and a pedestrian detection system plus a radar controlled dynamic-cruise control system. Features that are standard include Star Safety System, which includes brake assist, traction control, smart stop technology and more.
9. 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid
The Honda Accord Hybrid has dropped off the market for 2016, though is set for a come back in 2017. The 2015 model though is still an excellent choice if Honda is where you want to go. The Japanese hybrid had the highest fuel economy rating of any other midsize sedan on the market in 2015 and has been named on the Car and Driver 10 Best 29 times! The 2017 model is set to be even better.
While the Hybrid is similar in style to the regular Accord, there are certain design features that are exclusive to it; a blue-accented front grille and headlights, a number of aerodynamic details such as the decklid spoiler and alloy wheels which come as standard on the Hybrid model.
Inside, the 2015 Accord Hybrid features enhanced seat fabrics, modern trim panel treatments, and the updated color schemes. Many trim levels enjoy extended standard equipment, and Honda installed a modern 60/40 split-folding rear seat for almost all Accord sedans, assisting in advancing the car’s utility. The controls to the infotainment system etc are mounted on the steering wheel for extra ease of use.
The audio touch-screen allows you access to your smartphone’s different media programs as well as being Bluetooth capable, an econ button which can help you maximize efficiency, and HondaLink which gives you access to news and info, your social media, and even personalized restaurant searches!
Engine/ Fuel Efficiency
The Accord Hybrid sports a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC engine. This engine is now rated at 141 horsepower and 122 pound-feet of torque. There is an electronic continuously variable transmission (E-CVT) and the fuel efficiency rating comes in at 50 city MPG, 45 highway MPG, or 47 MPG combined.
As standard the Hybrid comes with Acoustic Vehicle Alerting, vehicle stability assist with traction control, anti-lock braking system, LED daytime running lights, and a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines. There are dual-stage multiple threshold front, side curtain, and SmartVent front side airbags.