Deep in the heart of a climate crisis, and with gas prices fluctuating wildly across the country, many Americans are opting for a greener way to get from Point A to Point B these days. Unless you live in a large city where mass transportation is available, driving your own car is a must. Here are the top three hybrid cars of 2016 (according to Car and Driver) to help make your commute cheaper for you and better for the environment.
The Chevrolet Volt has an eco-friendly image, but even so, is a lot of fun to drive. Designed with a better all-electric range of 53 miles, this hybrid vehicle allows drivers to go farther for less. Once the gas engine kicks in, keeping the battery charged, total driving range is about 420 miles at roughly 42 mpg. With a 149-HP engine, this car gets up and goes 0-60 in just 7.8 seconds. While the makers claim this vehicle a 5-seater, the middle back seat is rather small and mostly unusable.
Charging times vary from 13 hours on a standard 120V to just 4.5 hours on 240V. The estimated MSRP for the Chevrolet Volt is $33,995.
Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron
With a handy hatchback, the Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron has enough room to handle everyday tasks and then some. Sporting the well-known Audi power, this vehicle lays claim to an impressive 83 to 86 mpg rating, although actual tests by Car and Driver reveal much less. This could be due to the 204-HP engine that goes from 0 to 60 in just 6.5 seconds. With an electric-only range of just 16 miles, drivers will hope for the higher miles per gallon Audi touts.
Estimated MSRP for the Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron is $38,825.
Slated for release in late 2016, the Hyundai Ioniq sounds good on paper. The vehicle will be available in three models: a hybrid, an EV and a plug-in. The hybrid model has a 104-HP gas engine and a 43-HP electric motor. It will feature front-wheel drive and a six-speed transmission. The MPG and MSRP ratings has yet to be released for this vehicle, but we do know it will feature Hyundai’s Kappa 1.6 liter, four-cylinder direct-injected engine that produces 104 horsepower.
Whether you’ve made the decision to purchase a hybrid car, or you’re still on the fence about making that leap, the list above gives you a quick idea of the vehicle choices out there. Of course, there are many other makes and models to choose from, so do your research. Not all hybrid cars are created equal. It can cost a little more initially to purchase a hybrid vehicle over a traditional gas-powered model, but your wallet will soon notice the savings. You can also be proud that you’re doing your part to save the planet too.