Best Hybrids & EVs You Can Buy In 2022

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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, Automotive Editor - March 18, 2022

With tightening emissions and fuel economy regulations, more automakers are doubling-down on coming out with new hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and all-electric vehicles. The number of electrified vehicles on sale has skyrocketed over the past few years to where you now have a wide variety of vehicles to choose from. Electrified vehicles are continuously improving, too, thanks to improved range and more high-tech battery composition. Quite a few EVs and PHEVs are available for the full amount of the federal tax credit, which is something to consider.

Below are our top four picks for the best hybrids and electric vehicles you can purchase in 2022.

Best Electric Vehicle: 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Why it's a top pick: The Ford Mustang Mach-E may not be a true “Mustang,” but it certainly has styling and performance that are inspired by the sports car. In the right configuration, the Mach-E can travel up to 305 miles on a single charge, while the available GT Performance Edition can get to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The Mach-E delivers athletic handling, a luxurious interior, and, thanks to its SUV body style, a roomy cabin.

Worth knowing: Ford offers its advanced BlueCruise driver-assist system on the Mach-E that allows for hands-free driving on mapped highways.

Honorable mentions: Hyundai IONIQ 5, Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2

Best Hybrid Car: 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Why it's a top pick: The Toyota Camry Hybrid retains all of the regular Camry’s strengths but adds improved fuel economy into the mix. Thanks to a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a continuously variable automatic transmission, the Camry Hybrid is rated to get up to 52 mpg combined, which are great figures for the class. While the Camry Hybrid is an extra $2,085 over a similarly equipped Camry, the hybrid will quickly make up the difference at the pumps, as the regular Camry is rated to get up to 32 mpg combined.

Worth knowing: A new SE Nightshade trim that has dark exterior touches becomes available for 2022, bringing black exterior trim, black wheels, and special paint schemes for a more sinister look.

Honorable mentions: Honda Accord Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUV: 2022 Toyota Venza

Why it's a top pick: While the Toyota Venza shares the same platform and hybrid powertrain as the RAV4 Hybrid, the SUV features a suaver design and a more premium cabin. The Venza also comes with standard all-wheel drive that can route up to 80% of the powertrain’s power to the rear wheels if it senses the front wheels are slipping. Thanks to its powertrain, the Venza sips fuel with a combined fuel economy rating of up to 39 mpg combined.

Worth knowing: The Venza is one of the few vehicles on the market to be available with an electrochromic panoramic sunroof that goes from transparent to opaque with a push of a button.

Honorable mentions: Hyundai Tucson Hybrid, Kia Sorento Hybrid

Best Plug-In Hybrid: 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime

Why it's a top pick: Both the Toyota RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid are great SUVs, but the RAV4 Prime brings another dimension with its 42 miles of all-electric range. For the majority of people, the RAV4 Prime’s electric range should be enough for the daily commute, but if it isn’t, the SUV also has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor to travel an additional 558 miles.

Worth knowing: The powertrain produces up to 302 hp and helps the SUV beat the four-cylinder-powered Toyota GR Supra in a straight line.

Honorable mentions: Hyundai Tucson PHEV, Ford Escape PHEV

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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