Hybrids have made great strides in recent years. Originally, these gas-electric vehicles were dismissed as slow and overpriced. Now, many hybrid powertrains combine outstanding mileage along with agreeable pep, all at reasonable prices. Even some spacious, family-friendly vehicles are in on the action, as are some high-end luxury options.
But this year, two brand-new models are bringing hybrids’ advantages to a new segment. They’re mid-size crossover suvs that are upscale yet relatively affordable (starting in the low $30,000s), and decently roomy without being bulky. They’re the 2021 Toyota Venza, reintroduced this year as a hybrid-only vehicle, and the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid, a first-time member of the redesigned Sorento lineup. In the pages that follow, we’ll discuss how these two models compare in various ways and name our overall winner.