According to US News consumers looking to purchase a hybrid car in 2014 will have ample options from which to choose among top of the line manufacturers such as Ford, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota.
Consumers in the market for a hybrid vehicle in 2014 should consider these hybrids, in the Top 5.
2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Affordability, a quiet ride and a roomy interior, in addition to 47/47 mpg city/highway, make the Fusion very attractive. Eight standard airbags, a post-crash alert system, automatic headlights, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker stereo system come standard. Options include inflatable rear seatbelts, rear view camera, rear sensors, active parking assist and active cruise control. The average price ranges from $25,847 to $31,672.
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
This mid-sized hybrid stands out for its start-stop feature, so seamless that users are sometimes unaware that the car is switching between gas and electric power. Fuel economy is impressive at 50/45 mpg city/highway. Standard features include Bluetooth, rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, USB input and an 8-inch information screen. Options include navigation, touch-screen interface, moon roof and seven-speaker audio system. The average price ranges from $29,487 to $35,150.
2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The interior of this mid-sized four-cylinder, automatic transmission hybrid is spacious and well-built. Attractive features include a lengthy warranty and a large number of standard features. The hybrid comes with Bluetooth, satellite, dual-zone climate control, push-button start and auxiliary and USB jacks. Options include navigation, rearview camera, panoramic sunroof, HD radio and audio system upgrades. Fuel economy is 36/40 mpg city/highway. The average price ranges from $24,668 to $29,232.
2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid
Consumers who are looking for a hybrid that drives and brakes as if they are driving a gas-only vehicle will enjoy the 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid. The transition from gas to electric is hardly noticeable. The Camry’s cabin is spacious and the seats are comfortable and roomy. This hybrid is efficient at 43/39 mpg city/highway. Standard features include 10 air bags, driver and front passenger knee air bags, a six-speaker audio system, touch-screen display, USB port and a rearview camera. Consumers can add a moon roof, blind spot monitoring, upgraded audio system, satellite station, rear cross-traffic alert and an alarm system. The average price ranges from $25,568 to $27,924.
2014 Toyota Prius V
Top features of the Toyota Prius V wagon include 44/40 mpg city/highway mileage and a spacious interior. Consumers note smooth handling and a comfortable interior. Standard features include touch-screen information system, keyless entry, push-button start, Bluetooth, USB port and a backup camera. Options include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and automatic self-parking system. The average price ranges from $26,531 to $30,038.
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While any of these top-five hybrids will likely satisfy, only a personal test drive will truly differentiate which of these vehicles has the best feel and look for any individual consumer.