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Hybrid cars are a halfway point between gas and fully electric vehicles. They have batteries and electric motors that let them operate without gas some of the time, but still have a gas engine that enables them to drive like a traditional vehicle. Here are the 10 best hybrid cars that are under $40,000.
1. 2022 Toyota Sienna
Starting price: $34,710
Fuel economy: 36 mpg combined (36 city/36 hwy)
Sienna is a minivan with seating for up to eight people. It’s available exclusively as a hybrid with a choice of either front- or all-wheel drive. This family hauler has a comfortable and roomy interior with plenty of room for the kids and their friends along with ample room for cargo.
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2. 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid
Starting price: $31,610
Fuel economy: 38 mpg combined (40 city/35 hwy)
CR-V Hybrid is a 5-person crossover with good acceleration and a comfortable, well-mannered ride. It has an attractive cabin with quality materials and supportive seats that are great for family road trips. There’s also standard all-wheel drive for handling winter weather.
3. 2022 Toyota Venza
Starting price: $32,890
Fuel economy: 39 mpg combined (40 city/37 hwy)
The Toyota Venza is a 5-person SUV with standard all-wheel drive. It has a refined ride with a more upscale cabin for those looking for a premium experience. An 8-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard along with dual-zone automatic climate control and ambient lighting to set the mood.
4. 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid
Starting price: $34,090
Fuel economy: 37 mpg combined (39 city/35 hwy)
Sorento Hybrid is a 3-row SUV with seating for up to six people. It offers a choice of front- or all-wheel drive with strong acceleration. There’s a long list of standard safety features that includes automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
5. Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Blue
Starting price: $33,900
Fuel economy: 34 mpg combined (36 city/31 hwy)
Santa Fe Hybrid Blue is the base trim of the lineup, and it gets the best fuel economy of the lot. This SUV has seating for up to five people with standard all-wheel drive and exceptional cargo room. The ride is also smooth and quiet, making it great for road trips. What’s especially nice is that if you want more features, you can get into the Santa Fe Hybrid SEL (netting 32 mpg combined) and stay under the $40,000 ceiling.
6. 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Starting price: $39,055
Fuel economy: 36 mpg combined (36 city/35 hwy)
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a 3-row SUV with seating for up to eight people. It’s available with front- or all-wheel drive with strong acceleration and a comfortable ride ideal for relaxing on long drives. Standard features include an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, tri-zone automatic climate control, and Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity.
7. 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
Starting price: $37,350
Fuel economy: 44 mpg combined (43 city/44 hwy)
The Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a front-wheel-drive sedan with a composed ride that coddles passengers. It’s roomy and comfortable with plenty of space for five adults. There’s also a responsive powertrain with strong acceleration and lots of room for cargo. The trim level with the best fuel economy is the XLE. That’s also the only one that’s priced below $40,000.
8. 2022 Lexus UX 250h
Starting price: $36,425
Fuel economy: 39 mpg combined (41 city/38 hwy)
The Lexus UX 250h is a luxury hybrid crossover that comes in below our $40,000 threshold. It’s available strictly with all-wheel drive. Inside there’s seating for five people with a luxurious cabin that has standard synthetic leather seating surfaces, a 7-inch infotainment screen, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
This story originally ran on KBB.com.