The 5 Most Affordable Plug-In Hybrids
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Electric vehicles are everywhere these days, but not everyone is prepared to commit to them. People are wary because of concerns like range, although even this is changing as certain automakers develop vehicles that can pass 600 miles without charging.
However, since this is all-electric vehicles are part of fairly new technology, this is where hybrid cars come in, particularly plug-in hybrids. Hybrids have been around for a while and they have familiar elements that make them easier for consumers to consider.
Plug-in hybrids, also known as PHEVs, use a battery as their source of power until it runs out of juice, and then it switches to its gas-powered engine. This allows you to travel further than if you use an all-electric car.
What is the cheapest plug-in hybrid?
You can get a basic, new, 2018 Kia Niro Plug-in for $28,840 with some used ones even selling for under $20,000.
This is impressive for a car that can travel for 26 miles on the battery alone. Combined with the gas engine, the car gets 46 miles per gallon.
It's a hatchback with plenty of space in the backseat, and Kelley Blue Book calls the interior design "simple with an upscale feel."
The Niro uses a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to make driving both fun and efficient and has been a pretty reliable car for people for a while.
Affordable plug-in hybrid hatchbacks
The 2014 Toyota Prius PHEV has a base price of $31,000. According to Kelley Blue Book, it has a good record for reliability, so you don't have to worry about spending a lot on repairs. Add to this a roomy interior and a smooth ride, and it becomes a great deal.
The drawback is that the Prius Plug-in's battery only lasts for 11 miles. It's still more efficient than the standard Prius, but other cars on this list can travel further.
The hatchback that can go for day trips is the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, which has an all-electric range of 53 miles. The maximum range with a full tank of gas and a fully charged battery is 420 miles. It has a good infotainment system and provides a fun ride, too.
The Volt's starting price is a hair under $35,000. This makes it a fun, practical choice for anyone looking into affordable plug-ins.
The 2014 Ford Fusion Energi can be bought for a little under $40,000 at its starting price, which is decent for a midsize sedan. The Energi is basically a Fusion with a powerful plug-in hybrid drivetrain, so it is just as comfortable and spacious as a Ford Fusion.
The battery of the Fusion Energi will only last 19 miles, but you get an impressive range of 550 miles if you add a full tank of gas. It handles pretty well, and it makes a good family car.
If you are looking for elegance in your car, you might check out the 2017 Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid, which starts at $36,500. This is the plug-in version of the Kia Optima.
This Kia Optima Hybrid comes with plenty of standard features, and its fuel economy is an amazing 103 miles per gallon of gasoline, with the battery included, and 40 miles per gallon in general. The vehicle’s battery lasts for 29 miles, and you can travel 610 miles between fuelings.
These cars make easing into owning an electric car affordable, but you will still need cheap car insurance to make sure your new car fits in your budget.
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