2018 Best Hybrid and Electric Cars – U.S. News & World Report

 U.S. News & World Report unveiled the Best Hybrid and Electric Cars. Covering six categories, the awards highlight the best hybrids, plug-in hybrids and EVs on the market.

“Electrified vehicles are now mainstream, with offerings from every major automaker,” says Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor of U.S. News Best Cars. “These awards show that an affordable hybrid, plug-in or EV can help consumers save money and reduce their carbon footprint. While luxury models may not provide the same value as hybrids and EVs from mainstream brands, they allow consumers to make a positive environmental impact without compromising performance or luxury.”

2018 Best Hybrid and Electric Cars

Best EV

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Best Hybrid Car

Hyundai Ioniq

Best Hybrid SUV

Kia Niro

Best Plug-In Hybrid

Toyota Prius Prime

Best Luxury Hybrid

Lexus NX Hybrid

Best Luxury Plug-In Hybrid

BMW 3 Series

The winning models across six categories have the best combination of price, performance in the U.S. News Best Cars rankings and mpg, mpg-e or EV range.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV beat the Tesla Model S by a wide margin for Best EV, with the Hyundai Ioniq EV a close third. Though some Model S trims have a much longer range than the Bolt, the range of the base Model S is only 21 miles more than the range of the Bolt, and the Bolt’s price is roughly $37,000 less.

Though the Toyota Prius dominates hybrid sales, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (one of three models in the Ioniq line) won Best Hybrid. The Ioniq, which debuted for 2017, has a lower starting price than the Prius and better fuel economy.

“The Prius is the first – and only – hybrid many car shoppers consider,” Page Deaton said. “That’s a mistake. Models like the Ioniq offer consumers all the benefits of the more established Prius, as well as some extras, all at a lower price.”

The Prius line won Best Plug-In Hybrid with its Prime trim on the strength of its high overall score in the U.S. News Best Car Rankings and its high mpg-e rating.