The Best Hybrid Sedans Available Today

Sedans seem to be slowly dying off as people dig into the SUV lifestyle, but there are still plenty of hybrid sedans available on the market today.

Black 2023 Volvo S90 Recharge

If the subject of hybrid vehicles comes up in conversation, there’s a good chance that somebody is going to mention the Toyota Prius. After all, it was essentially the car that helped kick off widespread hybridization across the industry. There was a time when the Prius was just one of a handful of hybrid cars on the market, but today, you can’t leave the house without seeing a hybrid on the road.

A lot of these hybrid vehicles are SUVs because they are all the rage right now, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a wide range of hybrid sedans to choose from. There is one caveat, however, if you want a hybrid sedan, it won’t be coming from an American automaker. That’s right, with cars like the Chevy Impala Hybrid and Malibu hybrid being discontinued, Ford and Dodge’s Focus on SUVs, and Chrysler’s love for minivans (and the 300), there are no brand-new American hybrid sedans.

That’s okay, though, because some of the best hybrid sedans come from brands like Toyota, Hyundai, Honda, and even Volvo.

1 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

MSRP: $23,050 – $27,425

White 2022 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

With the first-generation Toyota Prius being launched all the way back in 1997, you’d think that Toyota would have had a full lineup of hybrids before Y2K gave everyone a brief but pointless scare. Surprisingly, that wasn’t the case. The Corolla Hybrid, for example, didn’t hit the U.S. market until the 12th generation Corolla was launched in 2019.

Performance Specifications

Engine1.8-Liter Four-Cylinder
Horsepower134 HP
Torque156 Pound-Feet
City Fuel EconomyUp To 53 MPG
Highway Fuel EconomyUp To 46 MPG
Combined Fuel EconomyUp To 50 MPG
AVG. Yearly Fuel Cost$1,100

The Toyota Corolla is getting to the point that it’s due for an update, but it’s also the most affordable model on this list with a starting price of $23,050. Power is derived from a 1.8-liter Inline-four that’s good for 134 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. With front-wheel drive, the Corolla Hybrid can muster up as much as 53 mpg in the city, 52 mpg on the highway, and 52 mpg combined. The AWD model, on the other hand, is good for 51,44, and 48 respectively. For the price, those figures are pretty hard to beat.

2 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

MSRP: $24,550 – $29,150

Gray 2023 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

The current Hyundai Elantra was launched in 2020 for the 2021 model year. It carries an entry price point similar to that of the Toyota Corolla, though, it features what is arguably a more lovable yet sporty appearance. And, like all modern Hyundai cars, you won’t feel like you’re riding in something super luxurious, but you will feel like it set you back a little more than what you paid for it.

Performance Specifications

Engine1.6-Liter Four-Cylinder
Horsepower139 HP
Torque190 LB-FT
City Fuel EconomyUp To 53 MPG
Highway Fuel EconomyUp To 56 MPG
Combined Fuel EconomyUp To 54 MPG
AVG. Yearly Fuel Cost$1,000

The Elantra, in general, is offered with a range of engines depending on the market, but the hybrid is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder and a small electric motor that produces a combined 139 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. Those aren’t show-stopping figures, but with fuel economy figures of 49 mpg in the city, 52 mpg on the highway, and 50 mpg combined, the entry price of $24,500 is just as attractive as the exterior design.

3 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

MSRP: 28,450 – $36,600

Black 2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Like the Elantra Hybrid, the Sonata Hybrid is a sportier-looking hybrid sedan with plenty of standard features and a modern design. The Sonata, however, sits firmly in the midsize segment, so for a few extra bones, over the smaller Elantra, you’ll get more interior space, a larger trunk, and an overall more comfortable experience.

Performance Specifications

Engine2.0-Liter Four-Cylinder
Horsepower192 HP
Torque151 LB-FT
City Fuel EconomyUp To 50 MPG
Highway Fuel EconomyUp To 54 MPG
Combined Fuel EconomyUp To 52 MPG
AVG. Yearly Fuel Cost$1,050

What’s equally as important is the fuel economy, which – believe it or not – is actually a bit better than that of the smaller Elantra if you pick the entry-level Blue model. That model is able to pull 50 mpg in the city, 54 mph on the highway, and 52 mpg combined. The SEL and Limited trims do pretty well too, with each garnering 45, 51, and 47 mpg, respectively.

4 Toyota Camry Hybrid

MSRP: $28,655 – $34,095

Silver 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid XSE

Some could argue that the Toyota Camry has evolved drastically over the years. Starting in 1991 – after 16 years of rocking a compact narrow body – the Camry started to compete in the midsize segment, but it wasn’t until 2017 that it took on a sportier look. The Toyota Camry that’s available today is largely unchanged from the model that was launched in 2017, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less capable than the rest of the cars on this list.

Performance Specifications

Engine2.5-Liter Four-Cylinder
Horsepower203 HP
Torque184 LB-FT
City Fuel EconomyUp To 51 MPG
Highway Fuel EconomyUp To 53 MPG
Combined Fuel EconomyUp To 52 MPG
AVG. Yearly Fuel Cost$1,050

In fact, for a couple hundred more than you’ll spend on an entry-level Sonata hybrid, the Camry hybrid will net you slightly better fuel economy of 51 mpg in the city, 53 mpg on the highway, and 52 mph combined. Like the Sonata, the upper trims garner a little less. If performance is your thing, the Camry Hybrid is also on point, with a total system output of 208 horsepower, 118 of which comes from the electric motor.

5 Honda Accord Hybrid

MSRP: $31,345 – $27,890

A front 3/4 view of a 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid

The Honda Accord sits roughly in the middle of this list in terms of pricing, but that’s because Honda treats the Accord Hybrid as a time level of the Accord. In fact, you can’t even buy a hybrid Accord without first passing over the entry-level Accord LX and the next trim up, the EX. The Sport hybrid, however, starts out at $31,345, which isn’t bad for what you get, including 19-inch wheels as standard and Honda’s new android-powered 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Performance Specifications

Engine2.0-Liter Four-Cylinder
Horsepower181 HP
Torque247 LB-FT
City Fuel EconomyUp To 51 MPG
Highway Fuel EconomyUp To 44 MPG
Combined Fuel EconomyUp To 48 MPG
AVG. Yearly Fuel Cost$1,100

All hybrid versions of the Accord are powered by a 2.0-liter Inline-four that’s paired with an electric motor. The engine itself is good for 146 horsepower and 134 pound-feet of torque while the electric motors deliver a bit more at 181 horsepower and 247 pound-feet. The total system output is rated at 204 horsepower. Most of the hybrid models are good for 46 mph in the city, 41 mpg on the highway, and 44 mpg combined, but if you want the best fuel economy, the EX-L will get you as much as 51 mpg on the highway.

6 Toyota Crown Hybrid

MSRP: $39,950 – $52,350

White 2023 Toyota Crown Hybrid

Unlike a lot of models on this list, the Toyota Crown is a stand-alone hybrid model, so there is no non-hybrid equivalent. The front end of the Crown looks a lot like the Camry, but it’s unique in the lineup as it has more of a fastback rear end – you could almost call it a four-door coupe. As the newest entry to Toyota’s lineup, the Crown commands an entry price just shy of $40,000, but it can settle well into the $50,000 range if you go for the range-topping model, and that’s before options.

Performance Specifications

2.5-Liter Four-Cylinder2.4-Liter Four-Cylinder
Horsepower236 HP264 HP
Torque163 LB-FT332 LB-FT
City Fuel EconomyUp To 42 MPGUp To 29 MPG
Highway Fuel EconomyUp To 41 MPGUp To 32 MPG
Combined Fuel EconomyUp To 41 MPGUp To 30 MPG
AVG. Yearly Fuel Cost$1,300$1,800

The Crown XLE and Limited are powered by a 2.5-liter engine with 184 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. When paired with the electric motors, you get a total system output of 236 horsepower. These models are able to do 42 mpg in the city, and 41 mpg on the highway and combined cycle. If you’re more about performance and don’t mind sacrificing economy for some extra go power, the Platinum will get you a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine with 264 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque to go with more powerful electric motors. Total system output for this model is 340 horses, but it comes at drastically reduced fuel economy of 29 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway, and 30 mpg combined.

7 Lexus ES Hybrid

MSRP: $44,590 – $50,885

2022 Lexus ES 300 H

The Lexus ES Hybrid is one of the more luxurious hybrid sedans you can get without crossing the $50,000 threshold. Since the ES hybrid is available as part of the ES lineup as a whole, you’ll have to look past the standard ES 250 and 350 models. Right in the middle, you’ll find the entry-level hybrid, the ES 300h. It comes very well-equipped from the factory, though if you want the 12.3-inch touchscreen display, you either have to choose it as an option or move up the “Ultra Luxury” trim at a $4,000 premium.

Performance Specifications

Engine2.5-Liter Four-Cylinder
Horsepower215 HP
Torque221 LB-FT
City Fuel EconomyUp To 43 MPG
Highway Fuel EconomyUp To 44 MPG
Combined Fuel EconomyUp To 44 MPG
AVG. Yearly Fuel Cost$1,250

Regardless of what hybrid trim level you choose, you’ll get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired with a high-output electric motor. The total system output is 215 horsepower, though, don’t expect to break any speed records as 60 mph comes in 8.1 seconds and you’ll max out at 112 mph.

8 Volvo S90 Recharge

MSRP: $61,050 – $62,050

2023 Volvo S90 Recharge black

Coming in as the most expensive midsize sedan on this list, we present to you the Volvo S90 sedan. With typical Swedish styling and luxury, the S90 is definitely a looker despite the fact that this is the same model that went on sale for the 2017 model year with some minor changes coming as part of a facelift in 2020. This is the only car on this list that’s billed as an “executive sedan,” which means it’s – arguably – the most luxurious of the bunch.

Performance Specifications

Engine2.0-Liter Four-Cylinder
Horsepower455 HP
Torque523 LB-FT
City Fuel EconomyTBD
Highway Fuel EconomyTBD
Combined Fuel EconomyUp To 30 MPG
AVG. Yearly Fuel Cost$1,450

Although you will have to chip in at least $61,050 to get your hands on a new S90, its performance really makes it worth it. The S90 recharge is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four that’s turbo and supercharged with a rear-mounted electric motor – meaning you get AWD as standard. This setup is good for a total of 455 horsepower and 523 pound-feet of torque, which is enough for a 4.6-second sprint to 60 mph. In terms of what the S90 Recharge offers for the price, you’re really getting the luxury, style, and performance all rolled into one package.