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Best Hybrid Electric cars

Ever wonder what it’d be like to own a hybrid or an EV (Electric Vehicle)? Here’s your chance to view, visualize and may be drive a car based on your choice. There are plenty of Hybrid electric cars in the market but, have you wondered which car is the best bet for your money? Here’s an article that saves you all the trouble of collecting vital information about the car you want to buy, the following article will give you a clear picture on the best and top rated reliable hybrid electric cars in the year 2016-17.

While saving all the theatrics, this article focuses on the vital features of the car, its long-term usage and its impact on your wallet.

6. Audi A3-E-tron:

If the brand name isn’t enough, this car is a beauty. Mighty power combined with pure performance and infused with a eco-friendly blend of hybrid power, this Hatchback is set to thrill. In all fairness, albeit its EPA rating of 83-86 MPGe, the vehicle averages out fairly with 45-50 MPGe and still gets the better out of its competition.

Key features:

To start with, the E-tron comes powered with a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that powers up 204 hp with 258 lb-ft of torque with a grizzly 6-speed automatic transmission. You can go berserk with the Audi yet respect nature. The car is priced at an onward tag of $ 39,850/- and is spacious enough for 5-passengers.

5. Chevrolet Volt:

Chevy Volt has built a pretty eco befriending image and it also makes this car pretty fun to drive despite the differences of opinions. This car without range anxiety of pure electric vehicles comes with a gasoline-hybrid power train that offers impeccable all-electric range with greater efficiency and improved acceleration. The car clocks in a 58 MPGe.

 Key features:

Priced at $ 34,085, its engine is capable of churning out 194 Hp with a top speed of 104 mph and that’s not at all bad if you’d want to go places.

4. Ford C-Max:

When you count in a hybrid, do consider a Ford. Ford’s C-Max is one such example of a hybrid that combines class and eco-friendliness. The vehicle is pretty much a conventional hatchback.

Key Features:

The C-Max comes with a DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle 2.0 –liter inline-4 141 hp producing engine with 129 lb-ft permanent magnet synchronous AC electric motor. The vehicle comes with an EPA of 40-42/36-37 mpg. The C-Max is priced at $ 25,045/-.

3. Lexus CT 200 H:

If you’re into the relentless pursuit of fuel efficiency—but you can’t take the doorstop style of the Toyota Prius—the CT200h may be what you seek. Utilizing the same hybrid-power train technology as the Prius, the CT200h offers excellent fuel economy and a more stylish and luxurious interior. Not surprisingly, with a total of 134 hp on hand, the CT200h is painfully slow.

Key Features:

The vehicle comes with a DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle 1.8-liter inline-4, 98 hp, 105 lb-ft; permanent-magnet synchronous AC electric motor, 80 hp, 153 lb-ft; combined power rating, 134 hp; 1.3-kWh nickel-metal-hydride battery pack. The car has an economy of 43/40 Mpg and comes with a tag of $ 32,300/-.

2. Honda CR-Z:

Honda’s CR-Z is a pretty ambitious attempt at making a sporty hybrid and this comes infused with adventurous styling and much more than meets the eye. The good news is that it’s the only hybrid car that comes without a manual. It has a 6-speed transmission but the bad news is that this car clocks a speed of just 130 hp. It also has a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder that pairs with an electric motor and has an EPA rating of 36-39 with optional CVT.

Key features:

The car has standard features including Bluetooth capacity, Automatic climate control and cruise control. It tags a price of $ 21,130/- and has a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder engine with 130 hp along with 6-speed manual transmission.

1. Toyota Prius Prime:

The name Prius is sure to pop up when a hybrid is involved. Reason you ask? Is there a better hybrid out there? Perhaps not, and now people have a better option than to go in for the conventional Prius. Introducing the Prius Pime, a plug-in hybrid that comes with an electric motos and a 4-cylinder gas engine team with a larger battery than the regular prius.

 Key features:

The Prius Prime has the capacity of yielding up to 25 miles of electric-only range; its 124 MPGe rating beats the Chevy Volt’s 106 MPGe. An 11.6-inch touch screen infotainment system is standard. Behind the wheel, the Prius Prime feels quite nimble, smoothly taking curves; its ride is compliant, too, and its steering is among the best, hybrid or not. Its priced at $ 27,965 and carries a 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine with  121 Hp along with CVT transmission along with 105 lb-ft of torque.

Bottom Line:

These are by far the best and the most reliable Hybrid electric cars out there. If you think otherwise, please drop in your views 🙂

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