Best Plug-In Hybrid Electric Cars 2021
Looking for the Best Plug-In Hybrid Cars?
Many new car buyers today are interested in the savings and reliability found in purchasing a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV). These amazing hybrids offer enough all-electric range for a daily commute without ever engaging the vehicle’s gasoline motor. But unlike an all-electric vehicle, a plug-in hybrid gives you hundreds of miles of range for longer trips because they still have a gasoline motor as well as an electric motor. These cars are perfect for those who are moving towards an electric future but still want the convenience of filling your gas tank for long road trips. They truly offer the best of both worlds. For more information on these vehicles, read our Definitive Guide to Plug-In Hybrid Cars found in our Learning Center.
Finding the Best PHEVs
For this list of the 5 best plug-in hybrids on the market today, we looked at vehicles that are ranked best by their electric range, their affordability and overall reliability. We picked four-door sedans, crossover SUVs, and even a hybrid minivan all ranked by their electric range from the least to most miles. You can find them all on the GreenCars Marketplace powered by Driveway.
Here we have a 5-passenger crossover SUV with all-wheel-drive and plenty of creature comforts and tech for a reasonable price. The Outlander PHEV is the only vehicle in its class in plug-in hybrid form. You can travel 22 miles on the electric motor and a total range of 310 miles between fill ups. You’ll find plenty of cargo room as well, including such standard features as leather upholstery, heated front seats, an 8-inch touch screen, a power liftgate and advanced driver assist technologies.
Starting MSRP: $36,295
Electric Range: 22 miles (310 miles total)
The Prius has evolved and really stepped up the comfort level. Plus, it gives you Toyota’s legendary reliability and warranty as part of the package. The little hybrid that started the modern hybrid craze is an exceptional value. With 25 miles of all-electric range, the new 2021 Prius Prime will take you an astounding 640 miles on a tank of unleaded. Standard features include heated front seats, a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, and Toyota Safety Sense driver assist systems.
Starting MSRP: $28,220
Electric Range: 25 miles (640 miles total)
With a new look for 2020, the stylish Niro crossover SUV gets 26 miles of all-electric range and a total of 560 miles on a tank of gas. It offers up plenty of cargo space and seats five passengers comfortably. The Niro features an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Apple Auto. The latest driver assist technology, while available, is optional. However, the base price is very affordable, and the Kia Niro comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Starting MSRP: $29,490
Electric Range: 26 miles (560 miles total)
Imagine running family errands without using a drop of gasoline for 32 miles. The Pacifica Hybrid is the only minivan on the market that offers a plug-in hybrid powertrain. It features 81 different seating configurations and more cargo space than a full-size SUV with three spacious rows that seats seven. Total mileage on a tank of gas is a healthy 520 miles. Standard features include active safety systems, an 8.4-inch touch screen infotainment interface and power-sliding rear doors.
Starting MSRP: $39,995
Electric Range: 32 miles (520 miles total)
Ranked as Kelley Blue Book’s Electric/Hybrid Best Buy for 2020, the Honda Clarity PHEV delivers 48 miles of all-electric range and 340 miles on a tank of gas. It offers the most EPA-estimated electric range of any PHEV on the market. This five-seater sedan gives you plenty of headroom and legroom in both rows and offers remarkable luxury for the price. Standard features include a full suite of driver assist tech, an 8-inch touch screen and heated front seats.
Starting MSRP: $33,400
Electric Range: 48 miles (340 miles total)