Many car companies like Tesla, GM, Ford, and others are vying to be king of the electric vehicle (EV) world. And while electric cars are integral to a green future, let’s not forget about hybrid vehicles.
Using an electric motor and a battery, hybrid vehicles combine the best of both worlds. You don't need a charging station, and you also don't need to break the bank at the pump. So if you're looking to reduce your carbon footprint and invest in a reliable car, here are some of the best hybrid cars Canada has to offer.
An oldie but a goodie, the Toyota Prius has defined the hybrid vehicle genre for over two decades. While some may scoff at its once less-than-sporty look, this economical four-door sedan underwent a full redesign in 2023, bringing in a new, sleek design, a big performance boost, and even lower fuel consumption.
The 196-horsepower 2.0-litre four-cylinder powertrain pairs with a lithium-ion battery pack, which delivers up to 4.8L/100km for front-wheel-drive variants. Fuel economy ratings aren’t available for the all-wheel drive (AWD) variants, but it should only be slightly less efficient. This optional AWD allows you to enjoy more fuel economy or add a bit of added control in various terrains and weather situations. Plus, with regenerative braking (where braking sends more power back to the battery), you can always add a few kilometres to the drive.
If you're searching for a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), don't forget about the Toyota Prius Prime. The all-new for 2023 Prius Prime gets a huge bump in horsepower to 220 ponies, which drops its 0-100 km/h time to just 6.8 seconds. Final fuel economy numbers aren’t available yet, but Toyota estimates its all-electric driving range to come in at 60 or more kilometres.
If you want a sleek-looking sedan with loads of features and a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) that won’t break the bank, the Sonata Hybrid is a great option. It takes all the sharp styling of the standard Sonata, which only features an internal-combustion engine, and adds a 51-horsepower electric motor for a total of 192 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque.
On top of this, the Sonata Hybrid is chock-full with top-line features, including 17-inch alloy wheels, leather seating, ventilated front seats, Android Auto and Apple Car Play, an eight-way power driver’s seat, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and much more.
You get all these features and power with very little fuel consumption at 5 L/100 km combined rating.
Also recently redesigned, the Honda Accord Hybrid is another alluring four-door sedan. Whether you're single or have a family, this car has five-star safety ratings from the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), as well as remote start and other options linked straight to your smartphone.
The all-new Accord Hybrid features a distinguished design that oozes class without looking over the top. Inside, the Honda Accord Hybrid is just as stunning with a huge touchscreen infotainment system, upscale materials, and all the high-tech features you want in a car today.
Powering this hybrid sedan is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combine for 204 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. Fuel consumption rings in at 5.3 L/100 km combined.
Still one of the top-selling vehicles in Canada and North America, the midsize Toyota Camry Hybrid combines exceptional fuel economy with an affordable MSRP. Every Camry Hybrid comes with the standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ System that provides added safety features such as pre-collision and pedestrian detection and lane departure alerts.
You also get standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, allowing you to connect your smartphone to instantly find directions or pump your favourite jams. And with a 2.5-litre hybrid engine, you'll get up to 208 horsepower combined with 4.9 to 5.1 L/100km fuel efficiency. If there ever was a used or new vehicle to supply such efficiency and power, this model is the one.
When you want a hybrid SUV or hybrid crossover that’s not too large, you may feel like your options are limited. That's where the new-for-2023 Kia Niro comes in.
Whether you're taking the crew to school or need extra space for your hobbies, the Niro delivers. With seating for up to five people, you can have an extra seat available while still enjoying 646 litres of space in the rear. Need more room? Fold the seats down to unveil an impressive 1,804 litres of room — enough for this lifted hatchback to rival even full-size SUVs.
And while the SUVs of the hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) world often pale compared to some hybrid sedans, the Kia Niro stands strong. Expect up to 4.4 to 4.8 L/100km of combined fuel consumption — enough to take you from Toronto to Montreal on the cheap.
Many Toyotas make this list for good reason. Toyota basically invented the hybrid segment and has perfected it over the years. The recently introduced Toyota Corolla Hybrid takes the brand’s notorious subcompact sedan and electrifies it, making it one of the most economical hybrids on the market.
What’s more, in 2023, Toyota bumped the hybrid version of the Corolla to 134 horsepower and gave it optional AWD to handle those slippery Canadian winters. It also comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 3.0, which includes road sign assist, automatic emergency braking, full-speed adaptive cruise control, and more. Standard features on the Corolla Hybrid include a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless ignition, 15-inch alloy wheels, and much more.
As for fuel economy, the Toyota Corolla Hybrid tops out at 4.7 L/100 km combined with front-wheel drive. The AWD models ring in at 4.9 to 5.3 L/100 km combined.
The Toyota RAV4 has been breaking sales records for decades. Dependable, versatile, and economical, the crossover/SUV has been one of the top choices for families and single people in Canada and beyond.
But when Toyota released the RAV4 Hybrid in 2016, it broke unprecedented ground. It served as a fuel-efficient SUV sibling to the Prius and provided nearly 70 cubic feet of space behind the front seats.
Fast forward a few years and the RAV4 Hybrid remains a fan favourite thanks to its sporty styling, fuel efficiency (6.0L/100km), and practicality. From the vast expanses of the Yukon to the fishing villages of PEI, you can go where you want without breaking the bank at the pump.
Need serious people- and cargo-hauling capabilities? If so, you can do so with lower emissions and less fuel consumption by opting for the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. This plug-in-hybrid minivan does it all. It has seating for up to eight people, up to 5,587 litres of cargo space, 260 horsepower, loads of rear seat legroom, and much more.
It also has many premium features standard. These include a power liftgate, 17-inch alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and much more.
On top of all this, you get up to a 51-km all-electric driving range and an 8.0 L/100 km combined fuel consumption rating.
When Toyota released the redesigned Sienna minivan in 2021, it arrived as a hybrid model. It features a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and electric motor that combine for 245 horsepower and a stunning 6.5 L/100 km combined fuel-consumption rating.
On top of that, it boasts eight-person seating, 949 litres of cargo space behind the rear seats and up to 2,860 litres of total cargo room. It’s also loaded with great features, like a standard 9-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, seven USB ports, Bluetooth, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and much more.
Luxury vehicles are at the forefront of the EV revolution. But that doesn't mean they don't also provide some of the best hybrid options in the industry. All in all, Lexus has seven distinct models that offer excellent fuel economy without sacrificing luxury.
The entry-level Lexus UXh is a crossover that's sure to delight suburban errand-runners and urban explorers alike. Or if you want to turn heads, go with the supercar-like stylings of the Lexus LC, featuring the world's first Self-Charging, Multi-Stage Hybrid system.
If you fancy some extra space for family holidays or home improvement projects, the Lexus NXh or RXh hybrid can provide the flexibility and versatility you need. The RXh is a bit larger and comes with a V6 while the NXh is a compact crossover with better fuel economy courtesy of a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine. With an automaker like Lexus, you know they’re not skipping on the extras. Multi-zone climate control, premium sound, a heated steering wheel, and leather are just part of the equation.
If you're searching for a used hybrid vehicle, don't stress. Clutch has many options, including almost every make and model in the hybrid realm. Whether you're looking for that versatile crossover or a family vehicle with great fuel consumption, we have your back.
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