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Consumer Reports tests the most fuel-efficient hybrid cars, minivans and SUVs

Consumer Reports tests the most fuel-efficient hybrid cars, minivans and SUVs

Get the furthest with the least fuel

Want to buy the best of the best when it comes to fuel economy and save money on the go? Then you’re in luck with this latest list of hybrids under real road testing that CR analysts have found to get the most miles per gallon.

Combining a petrol engine with a battery-operated electric motor turns a hybrid into a hybrid with the advantage of offering the best of both worlds to achieve optimum fuel economy—which is becoming increasingly important as gas prices make the cut. car owners’ budgets.

Related Article: Recommended Compact Hybrid Cars According to New Consumer Reports Survey

In view of the budgets of car owners, a recent Consumer Reports analysis of fuel economy tests with the latest and best-selling hybrids found some surprising results showing which hybrid vehicles are considered better deals by getting the most miles on the least fuel. And at the same time, consider sticker price comparisons between hybrids and their most comparable non-hybrid versions to show the expected long-term payout savings when choosing a hybrid model.

The most fuel-efficient hybrid cars, minivans and SUVs

That said, here’s a roundup of 17 of the most fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles out there, with a key benefit or point behind choosing each specific model. Please note that the vehicles listed are listed in order of fuel consumption.

1. 2022 Honda Insight
Price Range: $25,760 – $29,790
CR MPG: General 54 / City 44 / Hwy 62 mpg
Rated #1 of 8 Compact Cars

noteworthy point: “There is no non-hybrid version of the Insight, but a petrol-only Civic would be close.” In addition, this is the last year of the Insight, which is expected to be replaced by a Honda Civic Hybrid.

2. 2022 Toyota Prius
Price Range: $25,075 – $33,370
CR MPG: General 52 / City 43 / Hwy 59 mpg
Rated #2 of 8 Compact Cars

remarkable point: Not a non-hybrid version of the Toyota Prius; however, there is the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid version.

3. 2022 Hyundai Ioniq
Price Range: $23,600 – $33,250
CR MPG: General 52 / City 40 / Hwy 63 mpg
Rated #6 out of 8 Compact cars

Notable advantage: This model now comes standard with better tires and an improved braking system.

4. 2022 Hyundai Elantra
Price Range: $20,200 – $33,650
CR MPG: General 48 / City 40 / Hwy 55 mpg
Rated #3 of 12 Compact Cars

Notable advantage: According to CR analysts, “…The hybrid we tested costs about $1,900 more than a comparably equipped non-hybrid, and fuel economy is 15 mpg better overall. With $5 a gallon of gasoline, that difference will pay for itself in three years.


5. 2022 Toyota Corolla

Price Range: $20,425 – $28,710
CR MPG: General 48 / City 37 / Hwy 59 mpg
Rated #4 of 12 Compact Cars

Notable advantage: According to CR analysts, “The hybrid we tested costs about $1,615 more than a comparably equipped non-hybrid and gets 15 mpg better overall. With $5 a gallon of gasoline, that difference will pay for itself in three years.

6. 2022 Kia Niro
Price Range: $24,690 – $44,650
CR MPG: General 43 / City 33 / Hwy 52 mpg
Rated #7 out of 8 Compact cars

noteworthy point: A plug-in hybrid and an EV version with a range of 339 miles are available.

7. 2022 Toyota Avalon
Price Range: $36,825 – $44,150
CR MPG: General 42 / City 32 / Hwy 52 mpg
Rated #1 of 4 Big Cars

noteworthy point: Last year for the Avalon, however, “…the Lexus ES300h is based on a similar design and uses the same powertrain, and is not discontinued.”

8. 2022 Toyota Camry
Price Range: $25,845 – $36,270
CR MPG: General 47 / City 39 / Hwy 53 mpg
Rated #3 out of 9 midsize cars

Notable advantage: According to CR analysts, “The hybrid LE we tested cost about $2,600 more than a comparable gas-only LE, so it takes about four years of fuel savings to pay back that premium.”

9. 2022 Honda Accord
Price Range: $26,520 – $38,450
CR MPG: General 47 / City 40 / Hwy 52 mpg
Rated #1 of 9 Midsize Cars

Notable advantage: According to CR analysts, “The Accord Hybrid EX we tested got a total of 47 mpg and cost $1,435 more than a comparable gas-only EX that only got 31 mpg in total. Owners will save about $660 a year on the pump, which should repay the hybrid version’s price premium in about two years.

10. 2022 Hyundai Sonata
Price Range: $24,150 – $34,750
CR MPG: Overall 44 / City 36 / Hwy 51 mpg
Rated #4 out of 9 midsize cars

noteworthy point: According to CR analysts, the payoff isn’t such a good deal — “The Sonata Hybrid SEL we bought had a sticker price that was $3,850 higher than a comparably equipped non-hybrid SEL. Although the hybrid gets 13 mpg better than the non-hybrid, that price premium would take seven years to pay off.”

11. 2022 Toyota Venza
Price Range: $33,240 – $40,730
CR MPG: General 37 / City 31 / Hwy 42 mpg
Rated #2 of 11 Midsize Sport-Utility Vehicles

noteworthy point: Only available as a four-wheel drive hybrid.

12. 2022 Toyota RAV4
Price Range: $26,975 – $38,075
CR MPG: General 37 / City 32 / Hwy 41 mpg
Rated #9 of 22 Compact Sport Utility Vehicles

Notable advantage: According to CR analysts, “The hybrid costs about $2,000 more than the comparably equipped non-hybrid RAV4 and gets a total of 10 mpg more. With gasoline at $5 a gallon, that difference will pay for itself in three years.

13. 2022 Lexus UX
Price Range: $33,450 – $40,790
CR MPG: General 37 / City 32 / Hwy 42 mpg
Rated #3 of 13 entry-level luxury sport-utility vehicles

noteworthy point: The non-hybrid version — the UX200 — would reportedly only get 32 ​​mpg together.

14. 2022 Toyota Siena
Price Range: $35,285 – $51,485
CR MPG: General 36 / City 28 / Hwy 43 mpg
Rated #3 of 6 Medium Minivans

Notable advantage: According to CR analysts, “While there isn’t a non-hybrid version of the Sienna, we compared it to a comparably equipped Honda Odyssey and found that the Sienna’s 14 mpg advantage would save you about $1,060 a year — and the price difference would pay in just two years.”

15. 2022 Hyundai Tucson
Price Range: $24,950 – $43,200
CR MPG: General 35 / City 29 / Hwy 40 mpg
Rated #2 of 22 compact sport-utility vehicles

Notable advantage: According to CR analysts, “The hybrid costs about $1,225 more than a comparably equipped non-hybrid and gets a total of 9 mpg more. With $5 a gallon of gasoline, that difference will pay for itself in two years.


16. 2022 Honda CR-V

Price Range: $26,800 – $37,800
CR MPG: General 35 / City 32 / Hwy 37 mpg
Rated #4 out of 22 compact sport-utility vehicles

Notable advantage: According to CR analysts, “The hybrid gets a total of 7 mpg more than the non-hybrid and costs about $1,200 more — a difference that pays for itself in about three years with gas at $5 a gallon.”

17. 2022 Toyota Highlander
Price Range: $35,855 – $51,460
CR MPG: General 35 / City 27 / Hwy 41 mpg
Rated #2 of 14 3-row mid-size sport-utility vehicles

Notable advantage: According to CR analysts, “The best thing about the Highlander Hybrid is that it will pay for itself in about two years. The Highlander Hybrid XLE we bought cost about $1,620 more than a comparable non-hybrid XLE with a V6, but the Hybrid gets a total of 35 mpg compared to the V6’s 22 mpg. That saves owners about a thousand dollars a year at the pump.”

Visit the CR website for a more detailed breakdown of each vehicle listed to get a full picture of its pluses and minuses. Keep in mind that while access to some information requires a CR membership, the potential savings make it negligible by comparison when you’re looking for the latest information to facilitate your car purchase research.

And finally…

For additional articles on hybrid vehicles, here are some selected pieces of information for your consideration:

• Most spacious and most comfortable compact hybrid cars, tested by consumer reports

• Toyota Hybrid Owner Experience with an aftermarket hybrid battery

• Things to know before buying a Toyota or Lexus Hybrid this year

• Easy fix for a common Toyota hybrid engine problem that is also a scam

Timothy Boyer is a car reporter for Torque News, based in Cincinnati. He has experience with early car restorations and regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for better performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily news about new and used vehicles.

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