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 less-than-sporty look, this economical four-door sedan has added many features over the years that put it on equal terms with its gas-powered brethren.
The 1.8-liter four-cylinder powertrain pairs with a lithium-ion battery pack, which delivers up to 4.6L/100km for front-wheel-drive variants or, surprisingly, 4.9L/100km for all-wheel drive (AWD). This gives you the option 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 kilometers to the drive.
If you're searching for a plug-in hybrid, don't forget about the Prius Prime. Released in late 2016/early 2017, the Prime takes everything you love about a Prius and rolls it into a plug-in that gets an impressive 243 kilometers on electric power alone. And with all the features of the regular Prius, you won't have to give anything up to get that excellent fuel economy.
If you're looking for ways to lower your emissions, enjoy an all-electric driving range, and save at the pump, few other vehicles can compare with the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid.
This plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) provides an all-electric driving range of up to 47 km (perfect for errands or running the kids to school), while also providing up to 1,002 km on a single tank of gas.
For the typical Canadian family, that means more errands and drives to hockey practice without having to worry about fuel efficiency, which clocks in at an amazing 4.5L/100km. With 139 horsepower, you'll get a surprising amount of acceleration from this stellar hybrid model when you put the pedal to the metal.
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.
Available in three modes (Sport, EV, and Econ), you can select just how much electric power or hybrid torque you want. Plus, you'll get an impressive 5L/100km fuel economy, furthering the allure of this modern classic.
Still one of the top-selling vehicles in Canada and North America, the 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.
An added bonus is both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. With these two features, you can connect your smartphone to instantly find directions or pump your favorite jams. And with a 2.5-liter hybrid engine, you'll get up to a whopping 208 horsepower combined with 5L/100km fuel efficiency. If there ever was a used or new vehicle to supply such efficiency and power, this model is the one.
Hybrids are notoriously four-door sedans. So when you want a hybrid SUV or hybrid crossover, you may feel like your options are limited. That's where the Kia Niro comes in.
Whether you're taking the crew to school or you just need some 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 19.5 cubic feet of space in the rear. Need more room? Fold the seats down to unveil an impressive 54.5 cubic feet of room — enough to rival even full-size SUVs.
And while the SUVs of the hybrid electric vehicle world often pale in comparison to some of the hybrid sedans, the Kia Niro stands strong. Expect up to 4.7L/100km of fuel economy — enough to take you from Toronto to Montreal on the cheap.
If pricing isn't a concern or you're searching for an upscale hybrid, few other vehicles can compare to the Audi Q5. This luxury crossover provides the best of both worlds, offering excellent hatchback style storage with all of the amenities of a high-priced vehicle. Leather seating, a heated steering wheel, and other accoutrements come standard in this bad boy. And with a 32-kilometer range, courtesy of the plug-in hybrid model, you won't get better value for your money.
Want to get even more out of your opulent purchase? You'll get it with the Q5. While some hybrid powertrains offer paltry numbers in exchange for fuel economy, you can get both with the Q5. You can go from zero to 100 kph in just 5.3 seconds thanks to the seven-speed automatic transmission, so you'll feel like you're in a legit sports car. Along with the excellent fuel economy of 8.9L/100km, you get 362 ponies at your disposal. Where luxury meets efficiency, the Audi Q5 is a winner.
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. Not only did it serve as a fuel-efficient SUV sibling to the Prius, it also provided nearly 70 cubic feet of space behind the front seats.
Fast forward a few years and the RAV4 Hybrid remains a fan favorite 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.
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 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-liter 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 tons of 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. Every Clutch vehicle undergoes a 210-point Clutch inspection and comes with a no-risk seven-day satisfaction guarantee, secure financing options, and a 90-day or 6,000-km warranty. You’ll not only reduce your impact on the environment, but you’ll love the extra perks and driving experience your new car will bring.