While the Toyota Prius has been the punchline in many jokes it’s hardly a laughing matter when you consider the impressive fuel mileage and ability to be the right car for giving us a starting point for affordable hybrid powertrains. The Prius has been redesigned and is available to purchase, but there are many among us that aren’t looking at the Prius as our next great car but instead need something else to be the affordable daily driver with great gas mileage. Here are some of the alternatives that give you excellent fuel mileage and impressive styling to be the other models you can have instead of the Prius.
Chevrolet Volt – This car is popular and is heading into a new generation for 2017 to make it a restyled car that can be the right choice for you. Giving you up to 53 miles of driving on electricity only and an overall mpg of 42 when using the electric and the gasoline engine you can enjoy the ride and the style of the Volt over the Prius.
Nissan Leaf – There are two options for the Leaf and if you have the driving life that can deal with the 107 mile range of a vehicle that is only powered by electricity this is the car you can choose over the Prius. The base model will give you an 84 mile range but the higher level version reach up to the 107 miles that you get to enjoy and make part of your life.
BMW i3 – The BMW i3 is a great little luxury hatchback that has an all-electric range of 81 miles which could be enough for you, but there is also an available range extender engine that increases this number to 150 miles. This will give you 137 MPGe in the city and 117 combined with the range extender involved making this one of the best city cars you can buy.
Honda CR-Z – The CR-Z is a sporty compact hatchback that is also a hybrid model that has a good amount of power and fuel mileage. This car starts out at a low price to give you the ride you want to enjoy in a style that offers you a design look that is truly a Japanese style to be the ride you can enjoy with plenty of great fuel mileage.
Mitsubishi Mirage – This is not a hybrid car, but it’s one you can enjoy as a fuel efficient vehicle that offers you a great ride and a low price. This small hatchback will cost you as little as $13,830 and come in with a fuel mileage as high as 43 mpg on the highway. Of course if this is the option you choose the power for this car is extremely low so you will have to understand the tradeoff.
Ford C-Max Hybrid – If you like the style of the Ford hatchbacks this may be the one for you if you choose to have 42 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway. This car offers you an Atkinson cycle engine and doesn’t have the same fuel mileage numbers of the Prius, but this car is one that if priced competitively and will give you the power output you want to enjoy.
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – This gives you a sedan that offers the hybrid powertrain you want which ensures you can have 39 mpg in the city and 43 on the highway. There is plenty of space inside the car for you and your passengers and it comes in at a price that you will love to drive and offers you a good amount of power from a small engine.
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid – With 42 mpg in the city and 48 on the highway you will have a great fuel mileage to enjoy with the right amount of power from the small engine under the hood of this car. The Jetta has been one of the most impressive cars on the road for several years.
Lexus CT200h – A luxury hatchback can be one of the best solutions for you and this one gives you 43 city/40 hwy mpg for you to enjoy.