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Hybrid and Electric Cars 2016-2017: The Best and the Rest

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Looking to buy a hybrid or an electric vehicle to help save gasoline and maybe the planet? The vehicles sporting an Editors’ Choice badge are our picks for the best hybrids and best EVs of 2016 and 2017.


Chevrolet Volt  Chevy Volt_1

MSRP: $33,995 – $38,345

EPA: 43 city/42 hwy

Overview: Despite the Volt’s eco image, it’s actually fun to drive, without the range anxiety of pure electric vehicles.


Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Audi A3 Sportback e-tron_2

MSRP: $38,825


Overview: The A3 Sportback e-tron is Audi’s first plug-in hybrid; optimistic European testing yields 157 mpg, but your results, as the saying goes, may vary.


Ford C-Max Ford C-Max_3

MSRP: $25,045 – $32,645

EPA: 44 city/41 hwy

Overview: The C-Max is based on the frisky Focus, making it an economical, fun-to-drive alternative to the typical hybrid snooze fest.


Honda CR-Z  Honda CR_Z_4

MSRP: $21,130 – $25,925


Overview: The CR-Z is an ambitious attempt at making a sporty hybrid, but its performance doesn’t match its adventurous styling.


Hyundai Loniq   Hyundai Loniq_5



Overview: The Ioniq is not on sale yet, but here’s what we know.


Lexus CT  Lexus CT_6

MSRP: $32,200

EPA: 43 city/40 hwy

Overview: If you’re into the relentless pursuit of fuel efficiency—but you can’t take the doorstop style of the Toyota Prius—the CT200h may be what you seek.


Toyota Prius  Toyota Prius_7

MSRP: $25,035 – $30,835

EPA: 54 city/50 hwy

Overview: With its combination of space and efficiency, the Prius is quite compelling—in our experience, 50 mpg is achievable, even at near-80-mph speeds.


Toyota Prius C  Toyota Prius C_8

MSRP: $20,395 – $25,330

EPA: 53 city/46 hwy

Overview: Take the uninspired underpinnings of the Toyota Yaris and mix with it an even less powerful version of the Prius hybrid powertrain and you get the Prius C.


Toyota Prius V  Toyota Prius V_9

MSRP: $27,510 – $31,770

EPA: 44 city/40 hwy

Overview: Blending the usefulness of a station wagon and the fuel economy of a hybrid, the Prius V might be the ultimate utility vehicle.


Electric Vehicles  

Chevrolet Spark EV    Chevy Spark EV_9

MSRP: $25,995 – $26,385

EPA: 128 city/109 hwy (MPGe)

Overview: The Spark EV dials in some much needed fun by improving just about everything wrong with its gas-powered counterpart.


Kia Soul EV   Kia Soul EV_9

MSRP: $32,800 – $36,800


Overview: The funky Soul EV appeals to the eco-friendly, keeps the utility of the gas-powered Soul, and adds a host of tech features to please even the geekiest hamsters.


Volkswagen e-Golf   Volkswagen e-Golf_10

MSRP: $29,815 – $36,415


Overview: Despite its all-electric power, the e-Golf retains much of the driving charm of its gas-powered sibling, thanks to a firm suspension and taut handling.


Chevrolet Bolt EV  Chevy Bolt EV_

MSRP: $37,500


Overview: On sale later this year, the Bolt will be real competition for the Tesla Model 3, and will appear well before that car.


Fiat 500E  Fiat 500E_11

MSRP: $32,795

EPA: 122 city/108 hwy (MPGe)

Overview: With its tiny size, zippy handling, and an EPA range of 87 miles, the 500E is a fine city car—as long as you don’t need to go anywhere else.


Ford Focus Electric  Ford Focus Electric_11

MSRP: $30,045

EPA: 110 city/99 hwy (MPGe)

Overview: You might miss the exhaust note, but otherwise the Focus Electric is very similar to its gas-powered sibling.


Honda Clarity  Honda Clarity_13

MSRP: $60,000


Overview: Powered by hydrogen and emitting only water as its exhaust, the Clarity brings you the future today.


Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell   Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell_14



Overview: Never visit a gas station again—except for a bag of Fritos, maybe—with the hydrogen-fueled Tucson Fuel Cell.


Mitsubishi i-MiEV Mitsubishi i-MiEV_15

MSRP: $23,845

EPA: 126 city/99 hwy (MPGe)

Overview: No, it’s not a larger-than-life computer mouse; it’s the i-MiEV, the least-expensive EV sold.


Nissan Leaf  Nissan Leaf_16

MSRP: $29,860 – $37,640

EPA: 129 city/102 hwy (MPGe)

Overview: The Leaf represents the future of transportation, or maybe it’s merely an EV that’s fine around town but dies after about 84 miles on a charge.


Smart Fortwo Electric Drive   Smart fortwo Electric Drive_17

MSRP: $25,750

EPA: 122 city/93 hwy (MPGe)

Overview: The Smart Fortwo ED should be the most logical and painless of the EV conversions, but we have tested it and found it lacking.


Toyota Mirai  Toyota Mirai_18

MSRP: $58,335

EPA: 67 city/67 hwy

Overview: In Japanese, “mirai” means “future,” and the Mirai is the future of motoring: It runs solely on hydrogen and its only emissions are water.


Entry-Luxury Electric Vehicles  

BMW i3   BMW i3_19

MSRP: $43,395 – $47,245

EPA: 127 city/107 hwy (MPGe)

Overview: With its stubby styling and revolutionary carbon-fiber/aluminum structure, the i3 takes BMW’s driving principles to a new realm.


Mercedes-Benz B-class Electric Drive  Mercedes-Benz B-class Electric Drive_20

MSRP: $42,375

EPA: 85 city/83 hwy (MPGe)

Overview: The B-class puts some juice into the legendary three-pointed star, making for a truly electrifying experience.



Luxury Hybrid and Electric Vehicles   

BMW i8   BMW i8_21

MSRP: $141,695

EPA: 28 city/29 hwy

Overview: With swan-wing doors, a shark-nose grille, and a supercar stance, the i8 plug-in hybrid is a truly revolutionary vehicle.


Tesla Model S  Tesla Model S_21

MSRP: $71,200 – $109,200

EPA: 89 city/98 hwy (MPGe)

Overview: As both the ultimate eco-friendly luxury car and an absurdly fast sports sedan, we simply love the Model S.


Cadillac ELR   Cadillac ELR_22

MSRP: $65,995


Overview: It’s astonishing to look at, beautifully crafted inside and out, and the first electric-hybrid Cadillac since…ever.


Tesla Model X   Tesla Model X_23

MSRP: $81,200 – $116,700


Overview: The Model X is possibly the greenest—and fastest—way to tote up to 7 passengers over hill and dale.


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