Hybrids

Top 10 Hybrid Cars Under 40K

April 7, 2022

Finding the Best Hybrid Car

The world of hybrid vehicles that we know today really began with the Toyota Prius back in 1997. The idea of driving a versatile car that offers superior fuel economy is more attractive to car buyers than ever. These days, the hybrid gasoline/electric combo has evolved into a much wider selection of vehicle types. You’ll find hybrid sedans, SUVs, and popular crossover models to meet your every need.

Within the hybrid landscape you’ll also find Plug-In Hybrids (PHEV) that let you drive around town to the grocery store or to work and back on electric power alone without having to use the gasoline engine. Best of all, the price for these high-tech wonders is becoming more affordable. With that in mind, GreenCars has assembled our list of the Top 10 Hybrids available for under $40,000.

Top 10 Hybrids Under $40,000

We’ve listed these 2022 hybrids from most to least expensive. Interested in shopping for one of these hybrid vehicles? Remember, you can always find great deals on hybrids and more on the GreenCars Marketplace, powered by Driveway.com. Please note that all fuel economy insights are EPA estimates only. Actual mileage and efficiency may vary.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Tipping the scale close to 40K in base LE trim, this family wagon hybrid is a three-row SUV that carries eight passengers, and its combined 243 horsepower has plenty of go for your family’s needs. Plus, it is available in all-wheel drive. The Highlander comes with Toyota’s SafetySense 2.5+ suite of safety and driver assist features and it’s one of the most spacious hybrid SUV available.

Starting MSRP: $39,055
Fuel economy: 36 city/35 highway

Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Care for a four-door, full-size luxury sedan that gets 44 miles per gallon combined? Then the Avalon Hybrid may be for you. Get all the bells and whistles for under 40K. We’re talkin’ leather seats, an 8-speaker stereo, and a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen that includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This hybrid offers a refined ride, quality, and comfort.

Starting MSRP: $37,350

Fuel economy: 43 city/44 highway

Lexus UX AWD

Lexus UX AWD

Meet the compact crossover with every amenity. The Lexus UX brings you Lexus comfort, style, and luxury as well as all-wheel drive for $36,425. The driver-inspired interior puts all the controls right at your fingertips and class-leading economy gives you 39 mpg combined. An available 10-inch infotainment touchscreen and Lexus Safety System 2.0 includes the latest driver assist features.

Starting MSRP: $36,426

Fuel economy: 41 city/38 highway

Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Blue

Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Blue

This rugged and versatile SUV comes with HTRAC all-wheel-drive as standard as well as such conveniences as a hands-free liftgate and wireless capability to keep your family connected. Spend less time filling up with a combined EPA rating of 34 mpg. The redesigned Santa Fe Blue brings an upscale interior, plenty of cargo space, and such safety features as blind-spot collision avoidance.

Starting MSRP: $33,900

Fuel economy: 36 city/31 highway

Kia Sorento Hybrid

Kia Sorento Hybrid

The all-new Kia Sorento is a three-row midsize crossover SUV with room for six passengers. This road trip ready marvel will take you and your family 650 miles on a tank and the 2.5-Liter, 227 horsepower hybrid system will get you there plenty quick. You’ll find plenty of cargo room for adventures and must-have tech such as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Starting MSRP: $34,090

Fuel economy: 39 city/35 highway

Toyota Venza

Toyota Venza

Many gas-powered vehicles just add a hybrid version to their lineup. The Venza was purpose built as a dedicated crossover hybrid. The base LE model comes with all-wheel drive, a hands-free power liftgate, and Toyota’s full suite of SafetySense 2.0 safety and driver assist features. The 2.5-Liter powertrain gets you 219 horsepower and provides a combined fuel economy of 39 mpg.

Starting MSRP: $32,890

Fuel economy: 40 city/37 highway

Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V

The exceptional CR-V Hybrid SUV comes with all-wheel drive as standard, a hybrid powertrain that delivers 212 horsepower with a combined fuel economy of 38 miles per gallon. This roomy and practical midsize crossover includes Honda Sensing safety technology including collision and road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and more.

Starting MSRP: $31,610

Fuel economy: 40 city/35 highway

Ford Escape SE Hybrid

Ford Escape SE Hybrid

This five-seater compact crossover hybrid comes with a 2.5-Liter engine and front wheel drive. It is available in a variety of trim levels and features outstanding fuel economy. Ford’s SYNC 3 voice-activated infotainment system is amazing and Co-Pilot 360 safety tech brings you the latest driver assist features. The 60/40 split rear seats offer excellent cargo space with up to 65 cubic feet with the seats stowed.

Starting MSRP: $29,170

Fuel economy: 44 city/37 highway

Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson

A very capable compact crossover, the all-new and redesigned Tucson brings you smart new styling and a variety of trim levels to choose from. The Blue Hybrid variant is the most popular, with HTRAC all-wheel drive as standard, a 1.6-Liter turbocharged engine, and combined fuel economy of 38 mpg. You’ll also find a host of driver assist features and an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen.

Starting MSRP: $29,350

Fuel economy: 38 city/38 highway

Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai Sonata

We end our Top 10 with the Sonata four-door hybrid midsize sedan. The five-seater offers the best fuel economy of all the vehicles in our count down with 54 miles per gallon on the highway and at the lowest starting price, too. An available solar roof even recharges the batteries while you drive, and as with all Hyundai cars, it features an exceptional limited warranty including three years of complimentary maintenance.

Starting MSRP: $27,200

Fuel economy: 50 city/54 highway