For those looking for a simple hybrid that will use battery power to improve the miles per gallon of a traditional engine, the 2017 Toyota Prius is KBB’s top choice. It offers 52mpg on the combined cycle, has a maximum output of 121hp and prices start from US$25,570.In terms of figures alone, the new Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is more impressive still, offering 58mpg, 18 more horsepower than the Toyota and costing US$2000 less; however, the Prius is still a more complete package, for the moment at least.
As for plug-in hybrids capable of travelling purely on electric power, the 2017 Chevrolet Volt (US$34,095) offers the greatest range (53 miles) on batteries alone. However, its overall fuel economy when the gasoline engine also kicks in (42mpg) is significantly less than the Toyota Prius Prime’s 54mpg. The Prius Prime can only cover 24 miles on batteries alone but it recharges faster (2.2-5.5 hours compared with 4.5-13 hours), and is US$7,000 less to buy, making it KBB’s top choice.
When it comes to plug-in electric cars, the choice is much smaller with only five cars from major manufacturers on sale in the US currently offering a usable range of more than 100 miles between charges and costing less than US$40,000. The best of that bunch is the Chevrolet Bolt. The first car in this price bracket capable of covering 238 miles on a single charge, it is currently unassailable in terms of range. The EV version of the Hyundai Ioniq is ranked second with a 124-mile range and a US$30,335 price tag while the latest generation VW eGolf (125-mile range) is in third place. — AFP-Relaxnews