12 Most Fuel-Efficient Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid Cars

2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid front 3/4 view driving down the road
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Fewer Trips to the Pump, More Money in the Bank

Many people are facing tough times due to the global pandemic. If you’re on a tight budget, saving money on a new car is paramount. However, it’s arguably more important to make sure you’re actually saving money on a vehicle’s overall cost to own. 

Fuel cost is a primary factor in a car’s long-term cost of ownership. While gas prices are low right now, that’s not always the case. Investing in a fuel-efficient car can save you money for years to come.

Thankfully, innovations in engine technology and electrification are working to make cars much more fuel-efficient than they once were. In this article, we focus on hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars that return the best fuel economy. According to the EPA, the most fuel-efficient cars can cost as little as $550 per year to fuel. This means a savings of $650 per year compared to the average new vehicle. The only way to save more money on fuel is to choose a fully electric vehicle.

We ranked the most fuel-efficient cars based on the EPA’s annual fuel cost estimates. In the case of a tie, we gave the win to the car with the higher U.S. News overall score or the lower starting price.

On the following pages, we provide information about how much money in fuel costs you’ll save by choosing each hybrid car over the same car – or a comparable vehicle – in a non-hybrid configuration. We also compare starting prices between hybrid and non-hybrid versions, so you can see which hybrid cars offer the best value.

It’s important to note, we update our scores and rankings on a regular basis as new data and expert research become available. So, the scores in this article may not match up with the scores in our individual reviews and rankings.

Keep reading to learn about the most fuel-efficient hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars available today.

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