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Top 10 Low Horsepower Hybrid Cars

#10 2014 Toyota Prius v

98 hp

The standard features of the Toyota Prius v Two include 1.8L I-4 98hp engine, 2-speed CVT transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 16" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

Most of the hybrid cars on the market -- at least, the traditional compacts and sedans -- are pretty modestly powered. Of course, that's to be expected. Hybrids were designed for efficiency, not for speed. Even though hybrid engines are now commonly found in everything from sports cars to swanky sport utility vehicles, the small passenger car remains the truest and most common incarnation of the hybrid form. Since the small passenger-oriented hybrid vehicles rank pretty closely in terms of engine size, mostly on the low end of the scale, there isn't much point in looking for a fast or powerful model among this particular subcategory of hybrids. There is, however, some honor in buying one of the most efficient new hybrids out there. With that in mind, the list of the top 10 low horsepower hybrid cars will help you find the best balance of efficiency and other factors. If it's time to start shopping for a new hybrid vehicle, take a look at the least powerful hybrid cars to see exactly what a modest engine can accomplish with a little ingenuity.

It's true that not all low horsepower hybrids are necessarily the most efficient, but it's still a useful shopping strategy. Even if you're interested in one or more of the least powerful hybrids, that might not be among the very elite for efficiency, it's possible that those hybrid models have other benefits to offer to make up for it. Shopping for hybrid cars with low horsepower could also be useful for a customer with a tight budget or a small parking space, since, in general, a small engine will correspond to lower costs or a more compact shape than the competition. As the list shows, there's a lot of variation among the hybrids with low horsepower, especially as the competition among hybrid compact and subcompact models continues to heat up.