15+ Fuel Efficient Hybrid Cars In The World (Present + Upcoming)

What is a Hybrid Car?
A Hybrid Car is a vehicle that uses two or more energy sources to move the Car. It is a combination of combustion engine and an electric motor. Today’s gas-electric hybrid cars are most fuel efficient and greenest car among vehicle. If you consider the main factor, which is mileage, Hybrid cars perform better than petrol and diesel version.

Everyone wants their own individual car apart from family. Nowadays, the rising price of fuel is forcing people to buy a Hybrid Car. Therefore, I came up with the list of Fuel Efficient and Best Hybrid Cars in the world, including some future cars. If you are planning to buy a new car, take a look at this.

15. Nissan Leaf

Nissan LeafPhoto credit: Wikimedia

Engine: 80 kW electric motor
Power: 110 HP
Torque: 280 N-m

Nissan Leaf is an environmental friendly hatchback electric car. The latest version of the car is powered by a 24 kWh lithium ion battery and has a range of 200 km in one charging. This car won the 2010 Green car of the year award and 2011 world car of the year. As of August 2014, this car is available in 35 countries all over the world.

14. Ford C Max Hybrid

Ford C Max HybridPhoto credit: Autoblog

Engine: 2.0 Four cylinder gasoline engine + 7.6 kWh battery
Power: 188 HP
Torque: 290 N-m

Ford C Max Hybrid was designed in 2013 with dual power sources. It uses a regenerative braking system that reuses over 95% of the braking force. It is powered by a 4 cylinder engine which provides it a maximum speed of 185 km/h. It has three driving modes according to the road.

13. Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Lincoln MKZ HybridPhoto credit: Treehugger

Engine: 2.0 L Atkinson cycle engine and 1.4 kWh battery
Power: 188 HP
Torque: 280 N-m

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is a true hybrid car in every sense. It has all features that you would expect from a luxury plus hybrid car. The electric motor has the capacity to provide a maximum speed of 80 miles per hour in electric mode. It is equipped with the SmartGauge system that provides you the real time information about the performance of the car.

12. Lexus CT 200H

Lexus CT 200HPhoto credit: Treehugger

Engine: 1.8 L I-4 engine and electric motor
Power: 220 HP
Torque: 255 N-m

Lexus CT 200H made its debut in the European market in 2011. It has four driving modes Eco, Sport, Normal and EV to maximize the output. Lexus majorly focus on the safety with performance and this car features a vehicle stability control system and pre-collision alarm system.

11. Honda Civic Hybrid

Honda Civic HybridPhoto credit: Wikipedia

Engine: 1.5 liter i-VTEC
Power: 90 HP
Torque: 97 pound-feet

Honda Civic Hybrid is equipped with inline 4 cylinder engine. The i-VTEC engine has three stages of valve control to optimize efficiency. Honda Civic Hybrid engine cylinder walls have been plateau honed and ion plated piston rings. This car is said to achieve 17 km/h in city and 19.1 km/h on the highway. Some other notable features are continuously variable transmission and navigation system.

10. Kia Optima Hybrid

Kia Optima HybridPhoto credit: Wikimedia commons

Engine: 2.4 liter engine with 30 kW motor
Power: 159 HP
Torque: 154 pound-feet

The Kia Optima Hybrid was launched in the market in 2011. Kia has two trim levels-LX and EX. The EX model has more speed and reliability than the LX. Kia Optima set a Guinness World Record for the lowest fuel consumption in Hybrid Cars.

9. Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Chevrolet MalibuPhoto credit: Wikimedia commons

Engine: 3.5 liter V6
Power: 252 HP
Torque: 245 pound-feet

Chevrolet presented its new hybrid model in 2011 with extraordinary features. It has 6 speed automatic transmission, 4 inline cylinder that gives 26 miles per gallon average in the city. Four wheel disc brakes, anti-lock control, emergency stop are its few key features.

8. Audi Q7 Hybrid

Audi Q7Photo credit: Wikipedia

Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Power: 350 HP
Torque: 320 pound-feet

Audi launched the Q7 model in 2008 with the stylish and attractive model. The Audi Q7 Hybrid has a 4163 cc engine. It has 260 kW powers to produce 6800 RPM, plus 6 speed automatic transmission. Audi uses both gas engine and electric motor to create this hybrid car.

7. Honda CR-Z

Honda-CRZ-HybridPhoto credit: Wikimedia

Engine: 1.5 liter LEA 14
Power: 122 HP
Torque: 128 pound-feet

The Honda presented its new model Honda CR-Z with extraordinary features. It has a 4 cylinder engine with a 6 speed manual transmission. This hybrid car was assembled in Japan. It takes 10.5 seconds to reach up to 100km/h. It consumes 4 liter fuel for every 100 kilometer. It has 3 door hatchback body style and excellent handling system. Some other features are anti-lock braking system, electronic brake distribution, cruise control, speed sensitive volume control and much more.

6. Ford Fusion Hybrid

Ford Fusion HybridPhoto credit: Wikipedia

Engine: 2.0 liter
Power: 185 HP
Torque: 130 pound-feet

The Ford launched his hybrid car in 2011 and till now they did lots of upgradation in this model. Ford Fusion Hybrid has a 4 cylinder engine with an electric motor powered by nickel metal hybrid battery. Some other features are

  • Smart Gauge
  • Voice commands activated system
  • Satellite radio
  • Rear view camera

5. Toyota Camry Hybrid

Toyota CamryPhoto credit: Wikipedia

Engine: 2.5  liter
Power: 156 HP
Torque: 156 pound-feet

Toyota Camry Hybrid comes with 6 speed transmission with 4 inline cylinder. This car has a gasoline engine and electric motor. The total output comes with 200 HP. The Toyota Camry Hybrid offers LE and XLE trim levels. Some notable features are power accessories, power passenger seat and navigation system.

4. BMW Active Hybrid 7

BMW Active HybridPhoto credit: Wikimedia commons

Engine: 3.0 liter
Power: 349 HP
Torque: 367 pound-feet

When it comes to Luxury and efficient, choose this one. The BMW Active Hybrid 7 now uses the turbocharger with a 55 HP electric motor running on Lithium ion battery.  It has 8 speed automatic transmission. The top speed of electric power alone is 37 mph. Some standard and optional features are

  • Navigation system
  • Real time traffic info
  • Automatic climate control
  • Collision mitigation
  • Stability control system

3. Honda Insight

Honda Insight ConceptPhoto credit: Wikimedia commons

Engine: 1.3 liter LDA series
Power: 98 HP
Torque: 123 pound-feet

The Honda Insight has eight, I-VTEC 4 cylinder engine paired with an electric motor. The electric motor adds 12 HP to the output. The gas engine produced 98 HP. Fuel economy is rated at 41 miles per gallon in city and 44 miles per gallon on the highway. Automatic climate control and anti-lock braking system are few of its notable features.

2. Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius- Best Hybrid CarsPhoto credit: Wikipedia

Engine: 1.8 liter 2ZR-FXE
Power: 134 HP
Torque: 295 pound-feet

The Toyota Prius equipped with a 1.8 liter engine and 650 Watt electric motor. This is the best-selling hybrid car in the US market. The engine produces 73 kW of total power and electric motor outputs 37 kW of total power. This sums up the total power to 100 kW. The engine type is 4 in line cylinder with 16 valves. This one is inbuilt with solar roofs. The car has a maximum speed up to 51 miles per gallon. Some other features are

  • Dynamic radar cruise control
  • Lane keep assist
  • Vehicle proximity notification

1. McLaren P1

McLaren P1Photo credit: Wikimedia

Engine: 3.8L V8 engine + electric motor
Power: 725 HP
Torque: 720 N-m

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McLaren P1 is a limited production hybrid car, manufactured by McLaren automobile. This is the most powerful hybrid car with the maximum speed of 349 km/h. Only 375 units were produced and all of them sold out by November 2013. The total range of both engines is 530 km/charge.

Upcoming Hybrid Cars

2. E-Mobile

E-MobilePhoto credit: Wikimedia

E-Mobile is an upcoming hybrid electric car that will be produced by the Yo – auto of Russia. They planned to start the production in the mid of 2015 but initially it will be sold in Russia only. The car will be powered by a natural gas engine and an electric motor. The maximum range of the car is expected at 1100 km with the maximum speed of 130 km/h.

1. Lamborghini Madura Concept

Lamborghini Madura ConceptPhoto credit: Autoinews

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Lamborghini Madura is a future concept for the first hybrid Lamborghini car. It is scheduled to launch in 2016. The exterior of the car is designed by Slavche Tanevski. It will probably powered by a powerful V8 engine and an electric motor to maximize its performance. The front panel is very sleek and aerodynamic. This car will be an example of the power and nature friendly car.

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  • I love the CR-Z. What a lot of companies are saying now is that hybrid cars aren’t necessarily ‘high fuel economy’ cars, but ‘low emissions’ cars. That’s their excuse why the Honda Civic VX I had in 1995 got better gas mileage than the Prius does today.