Best Hybrids & Electric Cars For 2020

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Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


, Automotive Editor - February 10, 2020

Many major carmakers have pledged to convert most, if not all, of their lineups to hybrid and electric offerings. As the market grows, so does the infrastructure – charging stations are popping up even as electric ranges get longer and longer.

In short, it’s a good time to look for a hybrid or electric car. When you also consider the benefits of green car deals involving leasing discounts, federal tax credits, and state & local plug-in rebates, there's a lot to like.

Here are some of the best new hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and EVs in 2020.

Best Electric Car: Chevrolet Bolt EV
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Why it's a top pick: The Chevy Bolt still leads the pack for (relatively) affordable electric vehicles. It combines versatility with a strong EPA-estimated range of 259 miles – the best you're likely to find outside of a pricey Tesla. Some rivals have better safety tech and nicer interiors, but the Bolt EV is still the closest thing to an everyday electric.

Worth knowing: The Bolt EV has two drive modes, one mimicking conventional powertrains and one with more regenerative braking. It’s worth buying the optional fast charger, which protects resale value.

Honorable mentions: Nissan LEAF, Hyundai Kona Electric, Tesla Model 3

Best Hybrid Car: Toyota Corolla Hybrid
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Why it's a top pick: The Corolla Hybrid borrows its powertrain from the venerable Toyota Prius, bringing all of the efficiency without any of the polarizing aesthetics. Acceleration is sedate, but with 52 miles per gallon combined, you’ll be sailing by gas stations when everyone else is stopping. With a starting price under $24,000, all that efficiency comes at a very little penalty.

Worth knowing: The Corolla Hybrid only comes in one trim. Features are basic but adequate, which is lucky since there are no option packages available.

Honorable mentions: Honda Accord Hybrid, Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUV: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Why it's a top pick: Hybrids with true all-weather capability are hard to come by. The RAV4 Hybrid is no longer alone in the segment, but it remains an excellent combination of safety, versatility, and fuel economy. Where else can you find a standard all-wheel drive, up to 69.8 cubic feet of cargo space, and 40 mpg combined?

Worth knowing: The RAV4 Hybrid's all-wheel-drive system is different from the standard model's Adventure or TRD trims and won't handle off-roading as well. The recently-introduced Honda CR-V Hybrid promises up to 40 mph away and could be a hot contender.

Honorable mentions: Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, Ford Escape Hybrid, Honda CR-V Hybrid

Best Plug-In Hybrid: 2020 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV
2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

Why it's a top pick: The Ioniq comes in a variety of hybrid and electric choices, but we like the plug-in for how easy it makes the transition to an electrified future. It features a respectable 29 miles of electric range and 52 mpg combined once the engine gets involved. A starting price of $27,455 makes the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid a great value.

Worth knowing: We’d spring for the SEL trim, which brings upgraded seating, headlights, and safety features for $3,000 more. Comprehensive safety tech and Hyundai’s long warranty sweeten the Ioniq’s well-rounded package.

Honorable mentions: Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid

, Automotive Editor

Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


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