Hybrids continue to grow in popularity thanks to their great gas mileage, and as the demand has grown, so have the options. Today we’re taking a look at the three most searched hybrid models on SpeedList to see their pricing and how they compare. If you’re in search of one of these eco friendly models, this should help narrow down your options and give you a better idea of just how far hybrids have come and how much they have to offer.
The ever-popular Prius has become an icon as hybrids go, and starts at $24,200. Toyota offers several variants for the model, so if you’re looking for a particular feature you don’t see here you may find it in one of them. The Prius gets an awesome 51mpg in the city and 48 on the highway. It’s hybrid system offers 134hp net, produced by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder DOHC motor and a sealed nickel-metal hydride battery. The model is front wheel drive, and has an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission, electric power steering, and power-assisted ventilated front disc brakes with an integrated regenerative braking system.
Exterior features include projector-beam halogen headlights or LED headlights, both with an automatic on/off feature, LED daytime running lights, LED tail and stop lights, heated power outside mirrors, and up to 17-inch wheels.
On the inside, the Prius offers automatic climate control, cruise control with available dynamic radar cruise control, Bluetooth, Smart Key System, two 12V auxiliary power outlets, multi-function steering wheel, SofTex-trimmed heated front seats, multi-information display with Eco savings record, Entune audio with available app suite, navigation, traffic, rear-view camera, a 6.1-inch touch screen and USB.
Ford Fusion Hybrid
Ford starts pricing for the Fusion Hybrid at $27,280, and offers 44mpg in the city and 41mpg on the highway. It is powered by a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle gas engine and a 7.6kW lithium-ion battery that gets 188hp net and can travel solely in electric mode up to 85mph. A regenerative braking system recycles energy back into the engine to charge the battery, and an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission keeps the engine operating efficiently.
Interior features include BLIS (Blind Spot Information System), which provides blind spot detection, audiable back up signal and cross-traffic alert, as well as an available lane-keeping system and active parking assist. Sync with AppLink is also available with voice controls for your audio and apps, as well as ambient lights, luxury seatings, climate controlled seats and steering wheel and adptive cruise control.
On the outside, the Fusion Hybrid offers intelligent all-wheel drive, auto start/stop, LED tailamps, and projector laser-cut headlamps.
Toyota Camry Hybrid
The Camry Hybrid offers up 43mpg in the city and 39 on the highway for $26, 330. Toyota uses its Hybrid Synergy Drive system with a sealed nickel-metal hydrive battery combined its 156hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine to offer a 200hp net. It offers a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic overdrive transmission with intelligence and sequential shift mode, which sends power to the front wheels, electronic power steering, and an electronically controlled regenerative braking system.
The outside of the Camry Hybrid offers projector-beam halogen headlights with auto on/off, daytime running lights, heated power outside mirrors, SmartKey, up to 18-inch wheels, High Solar Energy-Absorbing glass and a chrome tipped exhaust.
On the inside Toyota has dual zone automatic climate control, Entune audio with a 6.1-inch touch screen, apps, USB, Bluetooth, HD Radio, HD Traffic and weather, Gracenote music features, auxiliary audio jack, hands-free functions, a backup camera, SofTex trimmed front seats, cuise control, leather trimmed multi-function steering wheel, HomeLink and two 12V auxiliary power outlets.