24 Affordable Plug-in Hybrids (With High-Range)

We’ve already looked at affordable fully electric cars with high range. Now let’s turn to plug-in hybrids with long driving range.

Plug-in hybrids may be more expensive than gas-powered cars, but they’re a more financially sound option in the long run because of how much money they save you on gas.

Coupled with high gas prices, EVs and plug-in hybrids are looking more enticing than ever.

On top of all this, breakthroughs in battery and regenerative braking technologies mean that electric motors are able to provide a higher range on a full charge than they ever have.

Check out these 24 Plug-in Hybrids with respectable ranges at affordable prices.

Hybrid car prices are on a general downward trend too, and there are more affordable and well-designed hybrids on the market than ever before.

1. Toyota Prius Prime

The Toyota Prius Prime’s three trim options come with the same electric motor range—25 miles—so if you’re after the best range-to-price bargain, you’ll want to go with the $29,695 LE package.

However, the Prius Prime’s wide array of safety features makes it stand out far more than its range does, and you can get access to Toyota’s P-Suite of Safety features for just $1800 more than the basic LE trim.

2. Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid

The Tuscon Plug-in Hybrid comes with a sizable 33 miles of electric mileage from its plug-in battery, and its cheapest trim option with hybrid capability is relatively affordable at $30,285.

When recharging the Tuscon at a level two charging station, the battery will completely recover in two hours.

The Hybrid version of the Tuscon gets great mileage: 38 miles per gallon for both city and highway driving.

3. Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid

At just $24,695 and 29 miles of electric-only range, the Hyundai Ioniq’s basic trim model—the Blue—is a great deal in terms of price and electric range.

The Blue trim also happens to be the model with the highest EPA efficiency rating.

The Ioniq Blue’s miles-per-gallon rating is out of this world: it gets over 50 miles from a single gallon of gas. Its plug-in battery recharges fully in 4 hours from a 3-pin wall plug.

4. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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This crossover SUV plug-in Hybrid has an impressive 24-mile electric-only range and its price starts at $35,995, making it a worthwhile range-to-price investment.

As a benchmark, the typical city commute is about 16 miles, and this hybrid is able to make the trip on a single charge because it charges the battery as it drives—like most hybrids.

5. Toyota RAV4 Prime

This plug-in Hybrid is subject to a hefty $7500 government tax credit, making it an even better investment than the base range-to-price ratio of 42 miles for a base price of $30,790.

The RAV4 Prime’s mileage is fantastic at 38 miles per gallon for city driving and 40 for city driving.

It takes two and a half hours to charge on a level 2 EV charging station and 12 hours to charge on a wall plug.

6. Ford Escape SE Plug-in Hybrid

The Ford Escape SE has a generous 38-mile electric-only range for its base price of $34,785. 

This plug-in hybrid crossover is an example of how EVs with top-of-the-line versions of energy-saving features are hitting the market at relatively affordable prices.

Rated at 40 miles per gallon when running in hybrid mode, the Ford escape SE is tantalizingly efficient with gas.

It takes three and a half hours to charge on a level two charger and ten hours to charge on a wall plug.

7. Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid

A base price of $25,985 for an electric-only range of 26 miles is a fantastic deal, enabling the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid to complete most commutes on just its electric motors, since it recharges as it drives.

The Niro gets up to 53 miles per gallon when driving in the city, and it’s rated for 48 miles per gallon on the highway.

With a fuel economy like this, the Niro is one of the most thrifty options on this list.

8. MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid

The MINI Countryman has a 17-mile electric-only range at a base price of $41,500, but its real value is in iris punchiness, acceleration, and luxury amenities.

This option is for those in the market for a fun, drivable luxury plug-in hybrid.

It’s one of the best range-to-price deals in this niche, but not in absolute terms.

9. Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

This sporty, outdoorsy mini-SUV has a hybrid option that comes in at $36,770 for 17 miles of electric-only range.

The Crosstrek may need to go for the gasoline supply during most commutes, but it offers a substantial 35 miles per gallon in combined city-highway driving.

10. Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid

A substantial 32-mile electric-only range at a base price of $33,685 gives the Sorento PHEV a competitive range-to-price value.

The EX trim, slightly more expensive than the base PHEV trim, gives the Sorento PHEV a suite of safety features that are well worth the $1400 bump in price from the Standard Hybrid.

11. Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid

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$35,595 for 31 miles of electric motor range is a brilliant value proposition, and the Santa Fe has the functionality and usefulness of an SUV to boot.

The Santa Fe’s mileage isn’t too shabby either, and it boasts a 36 mile-per-gallon fuel economy for city driving and a 31 mile-per-gallon rating for highway driving.

12. Volvo S60 Recharge

This sporty sedan comes with a range of high-class features, and its 41 mile electric-only range combined with a base price of $40,295 gives it a great overall value.

The S60 has a peppy recharge time of five hours on a level two charger considering its high battery range.

13. Lincoln Corsair Plug-in Hybrid

A base price of $37,775, a battery-only range of 28 miles, and the luxurious trappings of a Lincoln make the PHEV version of the Corsair a great buy.

The PHEV version of the Corsair gets a decent 33 miles per gallon as its combined city and highway rating.

14. Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid

The Chrysler Pacifica PHEV offers 33 miles of electric-only range at a base price of $38,690 along with a comfortable, large, and versatile interior design.

It’s got a whopping 82 miles-per gallon rating which offsets the Pacifica PHEV’s higher price tag compared with other PHEVs on this list.

15. Volvo XC60 Recharge SUV

A beautifully and meticulously designed SUV with a superior interior and infotainment user experience, the XC60 offers 35 miles of electric-only range at a base price of $43,745.

The XC60 can claim a 63 miles-per-gallon rating, and it’s able to charge its battery with power generated from the gasoline engine.

16. Hyundai Sonata

This striking yet affordable sedan combines sportiness and amenities with great fuel economy and overall value. The Sonata PHEV comes with a 28-mile battery-only range at a base price of $28,445.

The Sonata PHEV’s great fuel economy lowers its long-term price even further—it’s rated at 50 miles per gallon for city driving and 54 miles per gallon for highway driving.

17. Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

The Base Plug-in Hybrid trim of the Honda Clarity has a base price of $34,415 and a battery range of 48 miles, making it a phenomenal range-to-price value proposition.

On top of this, it’s got 42-mile a combined city and highway miles-per-gallon rating.

18. BMW 3 Series PHEV

For $43,295, the BMW 3 Series luxury plug-in hybrid sedan with a full-charge electric only range of 23 miles is a steal.

It’s got a great fuel economy that offsets the high base price at 42 miles per gallon for combined city and highway driving.

19. Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4xe PHEV

The Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4xe is a rugged, all-terrain trail monster that offers a considerable 25 miles of electric-only range for $54,125.

If you’re willing to climb to a high price, the Jeep Wrangler Sahara PHEV is a great value for the kind of car it is.

This all-wheel-drive hybrid electric car manages to combine the toughness and versatility of a jeep with an awesome hybrid combined fuel economy of 49 miles per gallon.

20. BMW i3 REx

The luxury BMW i3 PHEV offers the class and driver experience of a BMW in a compact package. Its base price is $45,445, or $49,295 with a gas-powered range extender, giving it a combined gas and electric range of 153 miles.

This car is what would happen if BMW made a version of the Chevy Volt or Chevy Bolt bargain EVs. Its fuel economy is about 31 miles per gallon.

21. Audi Q5

The Audi Q5 PHEV gets an electric-only range of 23 miles and the cheapest PHEV version costs $52,900.

This may not sound like a bargain for electric range at that cost, but it makes up for this with Audi’s thoughtful, sleek design and brilliant driver experience.

It’s a standout for comfort and upscale amenities in the PHEV domain.

22. Lexus NX450h+

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This luxury subcompact crossover offers 36 miles of battery-powered range at a base price of $43,625.

As a bonus for rough road drivers, its hybrid options come with all-wheel drive.

23. BMW 5 Series PHEV

Another standout on the higher end of the hybrid market, the 5 Series 530e 4dr Sedan delivers a sprightly, sporty, and classy driver experience at $55,550 with 21 miles of battery range.

The vehicle has a combined city and highway 34 mpg rating of 34 miles per gallon.

24. Honda Insight

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The Honda insight has one of the best range-to-price values out there at $26,855 for 13 miles of EV range and 583 miles of total range.

Its fuel economy blows even the most fuel efficient gas-powered cars out of the water at upwards of 50 miles per gallon.

Sources

https://www.kbb.com/best-cars/top-10-best-plug-in-hybrid-cars-under-40000/

https://www.truecar.com/best-cars-trucks/fuel-plug-in-hybrid/cheapest/

https://www.caranddriver.com/

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