The Toyota Prius is an instantly recognizable fuel-saving hybrid. This five-door hatchback has an iconic shape that helps it stand apart from the crowd — for better or for worse.
Another newly introduced compact hybrid is subtler. The Hyundai Elantra Hybrid is a gas-electric version of the popular Elantra sedan, and you’d need to spot a small “hybrid” badge on its trunk to realize it’s anything special. But it delivers Hyundai’s trademark value, undercutting the Prius’s price while still getting EPA estimates of 50 mpg and up. For this review, we tested the Prius and the Elantra Hybrid so we could compare them across eight categories and then name our overall winner. Keep reading to learn which one we chose and which one sounds like the better fuel-sipper for you.