Although the Toyota Prius has become the most ubiquitous gas-electric hybrid car in America, it is hardly the only one worth talking about. In fact, there are a number of models that have come out recently that deserve just as much attention, and according to some reviewers, a few manufacturers have actually surpassed the Prius in terms of quality, handling, comfort and fuel economy.
Below is a list of some of the most notable hybrids currently on the market:
- 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid: This model was rated the 2013 Best Hybrid Car for the Money and Best Hybrid Car for Families by U.S. News and World Report, and it's not hard to see why. Featuring a 188 horsepower engine that achieves 47 miles per gallon (mpg) on both city streets and the highway, the Fusion also comes in at a very affordable $25,000, depending on which extra features you elect to install. Reviewers have compared its power and handling favorably to the Prius, which is thought by some to be a bit underpowered, even for a hybrid.
- 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid: CNet praised the Jetta Hybrid for its acceleration and mileage (42 mpg streets/48 mpg highway), though the reviewer felt that the price premium over the standard Jetta without a hybrid engine was rather large, as the hybrid model costs about $31,000.
- 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid: Offering more space than many of the other automobiles in this category, the Camry does have slightly lower mileage than its competitors (43 mpg city/39 mpg freeway) but makes up for it with a roomy interior cabin, making it a great choice for families.