As fully electric vehicles roll onto the scene, some may consider hybrid vehicles to be outdated, but in fact, these models are the best blend of long-range driving and fuel-sipping frugality. While current, affordable electric vehicles can only manage 200 miles per charge (or less), hybrids offer double the range and can run on petrol thanks to their internal combustion motors.
There are a few different types of hybrids. Some use a gas engine as a generator to power the electric motor(s). Others run on electric power during low-speed driving, but kick on the petrol engine as more power is required. There are also plug-in hybrid vehicles that don’t need the internal combustion engine at all, at least if you operate within the electric motor’s range limits and recharge the batteries. Finally, the latest hybrids offer different driving modes, to switch between each of these gas-electric behaviors based on driver inputs.
4-cylinder hybrid cars are the most common in today’s automotive market, and we’ve narrowed our list to the best 10 of the bunch.