The list of hybrid cars for 2013 is a longer one than in years past as more and more automakers commit to developing fuel efficient, battery-assisted drivetrains. Hybrid cars are now more frequently lining up alongside hybrid SUVs as the fuel mileage leaders for their respective brands, catching and even surpassing the turbodiesel models that held those titles in years past.
We've put together a list of the hybrid cars available for the 2013 model year in order to give you a general survey of what's available on the new vehicle market. Let's take a quick look at each of these hybrid cars.
The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is a next-generation compact hatchback from the Dearborn-based car company that manages to offer exceptional practicality alongside its sparkling fuel mileage figures. The Ford C-Max Hybrid provides roomy seating for up to five passengers, and with the rear row folded forward it can also accommodate an appreciable 52.6 cubic feet of cargo. The nimble C-Max Hybrid is motivated by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that works together with an electric motor to provide a total of 188 horsepower. A continuously-variable automatic transmission is standard with the Ford, and fuel mileage checks in at 47-mpg in city driving and 47-mpg on the highway.
The 2013 Toyota Prius V is a direct competitor to the C-Max Hybrid, and it expands the Prius lineup with its larger passenger compartment and considerable upgrade in total interior storage space (67.3 cubic feet in total). The Toyota Prius v maintains the same drivetrain as the entry-level Prius hatchback, which means it features a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine and a battery-powered electric motor that are capable of pushing out 134 horsepower. Although not the quickest of compacts, the Prius V offers a continuously-variable automatic transmission and delivers fuel economy of 44-mpg in stop and go driving and 40-mpg on the highway.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid is the fact that it asks compact sedan buyers to sacrifice almost nothing in terms of day-to-day usability while still delivering excellent fuel efficiency. The Honda Civic Hybrid makes use of the brand's Integrated Motor Assist system, which incorporates a single electric motor and a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine. The IMA configuration is capable of generating 110 horses and a continuously-variable automatic transmission is charged with sending that output to the vehicle's front wheels. Fuel mileage for the Civic Hybrid is listed at 44-mpg around town and 44-mpg on the highway.
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco is marketed as a 'mild' hybrid, which means that the vehicle's electric motor isn't capable of powering the automobile entirely on its own. Instead, it is used in conjunction with the Chevrolet Malibu Eco's 182 horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine to enhance overall fuel economy. The Malibu Eco makes use of a traditional six-speed automatic transmission, and thanks to the inclusion of additional efficiency-oriented features such as automatic engine start/stop and aerodynamic tweaking the mid-size sedan delivers 25-mpg in city driving and 37-mpg on the highway.
The 2013 Lexus LS 600h L is unusual in that not only is it a full-size hybrid sedan, but it is also the flagship vehicle of the luxury brand. The Lexus LS 600h L is loaded up with a startling number of premium accoutrements, and it boasts one of the most comfortable and opulent passenger compartments in the business. The extended-wheelbase automobile is intended for those who prefer to be driven, rather than drive themselves, and its hybrid system is designed to accentuate performance over efficiency. A 5.0-liter V-8 engine teams up with not one, but two electric motors in order to produce a healthy 438 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard with the 600h L - as is a continuously-variable automatic transmission - and fuel mileage is listed as 19-mpg in city driving and 23-mpg on the highway.
The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is an affordable mid-size gasoline / electric sedan that adds an extra dimension of eco-friendliness to the already-thrifty automobile. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is quite spacious inside, and with 206 horsepower on tap from its 2.4-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor combo the vehicle provides good acceleration and passing power. A six-speed automatic transmission handles the shifting duties for the Sonata Hybrid, and fuel economy shows as a 35-mpg in stop and go driving and 40-mpg on the highway. Buyers will also be happy to know that the sedan can be loaded up with more than its fair share of optional luxury features.
The 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid takes the brand's successful Hybrid Synergy Drive system and applies it to the larger, heavier mid-size sedan platform. The Toyota Camry Hybrid matches the interior volume provided by the gas-only version of the car, and trunk space isn't quite as small as it used to be in previous models. The Camry Hybrid relies on a four-cylinder engine (2.5-liters) and an electric motor to deliver 200 horsepower, routed through a continuously-variable automatic transmission. Fuel mileage for the family car, which offers an automatic engine start/stop feature, shows as 43-mpg around town and 39-mpg during highway cruising.
All new for the current model year, the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid doesn't just debut sleek, innovative styling and a completely revamped interior, but it also benefits from a fresh platform and drivetrain. Lurking under the hood of the Ford Fusion Hybrid is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that works in tandem with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery to produce 188 horsepower. A continuously-variable automatic transmission is on hand to shepherd this output to the vehicle's front wheels, and despite its size and long list of available options the Fusion Hybrid is capable of returning 47-mpg in around town driving and 47-mpg out on the highway.
The 2013 Honda CR-Z is another outlier on our list of hybrid cars for 2013, as it is marketed as one of the first affordable gasoline/electric sports cars. The two-seat Honda CR-Z hatchback leverages its light curb weight in order to offer reasonably engaging handling, and it is one of the few hybrid cars on the market to offer the choice between a manual and an automatic transmission (each of which feature six forward speeds). 122 horsepower are available from its 1.5-liter, four-cylinder gas engine and electric motor combo, and fuel mileage for the compact car comes in at 31-mpg in city driving and 37-mpg on the highway.
The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is another new battery-assisted contender, slotting in alongside the already fuel-efficient turbodiesel Jetta TDI. The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid comes with a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder mill that enlists an electric motor to help it produce 170 horsepower. Capable of traveling on battery power alone at speeds of up to 44 miles per hour, the Jetta Hybrid offers combined fuel economy of roughly 45-mpg. A seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission helps to add a further sheen of uniqueness to the mid-size sedan's spec sheet, potentially making it the sportiest four-door passenger hybrid available once it reaches American showrooms later this year.