Though hybrids have garnered a reputation for being sleepy, numb little cars — the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari, and Porsche 918 would beg to disagree — it’s virtually undisputed that the cars do boast some pretty impressive fuel consumption figures. While hybrids were originally relegated to small, bare-bones compacts when released in the U.S., the technology has now found itself among ranking luxury brands like Lexus.
The list was put together by Edmunds, which used the Environmental Protection Agency’s fuel consumption ratings for city, highway, and combined figures as the basis of its rankings. Edmunds compiled a list of 11 vehicles, and the following displays nine of them. Near-duplicates — the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi, for instance — were factored out. Each car discussed is for the 2013 model year.
The mileage is formatted as combined/city/highway.
9. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The Sonata Hybrid sports consumption figures of 38/36/40, courtesy of a 2.4-liter, 199 horsepower inline four-cylinder. Though the Sonata doesn’t have the highest consumption rating, it makes up for it with a stellar warranty and a comfortable, spacious cabin.
8. Acura ILX Hybrid
This Acura (NYSE:HMC) comes close to matching the Sonata’s performance, with 38/39/38 miles per gallon. However, the consumption does come to the detriment of power, as the ILX only puts out around 111 horsepower. But the Acura does offer a “generous number of standard features,” with an enthusiastic reviewer claiming that “gas mileage has been from 42 to 45 without really trying.”
7. Kia Optima Hybrid
It’s amazing to see how far Kia has come from the economy cars that first graced American roads. The Optima Hybrid serves up 38/36/40, matching the last two, and sports the same powertrain as the Hyundai. It’s a solid option for those seeking a stylish alternative to its Korean counterpart.
6. Lexus ES 300h
It was only a matter of time before Toyota’s (NYSE:TM) hybrid powertrain found its way into the Lexus line. In the ES, it’s good for 40/40/39, in line with Toyota’s Avalon Hybrid with the same layout. Though the 200 horsepower is on the lean side for a luxury vehicle, the mainstays of a high-tech interior and generous rear legroom remain.
5. Toyota Camry Hybrid
It’s America’s best-selling car, but with better mileage. Essentially a more budget-friendly variant of the Lexus, the Camry Hybrid is good for 41/43/39, a shade better than its leather-clad sibling, as the Camry weighs slightly less at 3,435 pounds to the Lexus’s 3,660 pounds.
4. Honda Civic Hybrid
Clocking in at 44/44/44, the Civic is powered by the same hybrid system found in the Acura, making for around 110 horsepower from its 1.5-liter inline four. The Civic boasts top-notch safety scores and a spacious and efficient interior for a car of its size.
3. Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
Offering 45/42/48 for fuel figures, Volkswagen’s (VLKAY.PK) Jetta Hybrid offers a slightly more efficient alternative to its TDI model. A seven-speed automated manual handles the 170 horsepower; inside, it feels just like driving a regular Jetta, Edmunds points out.
2. Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
With 45/45/45 across the board, the Lincoln (NYSE:F) MKZ is helping redefine the role of hybrid tech in luxury cars. The MKZ is so far the most prominent of Ford’s efforts to reinvigorate the brand, and its unconventional styling certainly turns heads.
1. Ford Fusion Hybrid
The Ford Fusion Hybrid manages 47/47/47 miles per gallon, making it and its Energi plug-in sibling some of the most fuel-efficient sedans on the road. The car is good for 188 horsepower from a 2-liter unit — the same found in the Lincoln — and offers hybrid efficiency in a remarkable eye-catching design.
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